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Edited from more monumental works, the texts provide an overview of nineteenth-century epigraphic scholarship. Romilly Allen's presentation of the history and background complements Brash's often idiosyncratic reading of Welsh Ogham inscriptions. John Sharkey was born in Ireland, and now resides in Pembrokeshire. Previous books by him include Celtic Mysteries, and The Road Through the Isles - ancient sites and folklore of the Outer Hebrides.

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Origins Of Pictish Symbolism

The Earl of Southesk
The last word on Pictish Symbolism has still not been written. Some of the nineteenth and early twentieth century writers, such as J. Romilly Allen, contented themselves with purely descriptive designations of the symbols, and modern authors have concentrated on the possible meanings conveyed by the symbol stones themselves. Here is an attempt, first published in 1893 and reproduced here in facsimile, indicating a possible Scandinavian origin for the symbols.

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Ossian

James McPherson
First published in the 1760s and purporting to be authentic translations 'from the Gaelic or Erse language' of works by an ancient poet called Ossian, James Macpherson's Fingal and Temora were greeted with scepticism by Dr. Johnson, but with the greatest enthusiasm by a wide popular readership.
After his death. Macpherson's 'translations' were shown to be almost entirely the original work of this accomplished man of letters who had reinvented the Finn mac Cumaill of Irish heroic tradition as hi.......

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Owen Glendower

Sir J E Lloyd
Sir J. E. Lloyd's classic study of Owain Glendwr is here reprinted as a facsimile of the first edition, published by Oxford University Press in 1931; a book that has stood the test of time. In his preface, the author writes: "I offer my readers... not a new Glyndwr, but fair warrent for regarding him as the national hero we have always in Wales understood him to be. 'Owen homme de courage et de genie'. The verdict of Henri Martin (Histoire de France) still stands, and has been reinforced by the .......

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Modern Trans.

Peredur was a chieftan from the North of Britain, York to be exact. But like many other Northern heroes he became localised in Wales and was the subject of a number of tales, telling of his feats and wanderings.

The tale of Peredur, as we know it, belonged to the 13th Century.

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A description of all the ancient monuments, rites and customs within the Monastical Church of Durham before the suppression. Written in 1593. Facsimile of 1842 Surtees ed.

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A facsimile reprint from Anecdota from Irish Manuscripts edited by Bergin, Best, Meyer and O'Keefe, vol. V., Hodges Figgis & Co., Dublin, 1913.

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Jessie L. Weston's English prose renderings of these two Old English metrical romances is no. V of the series Arthurian Romances Unrepresented in Malory's "Morte d'Arthur." It was first published by David Nutt in 1902, and is here reprinted as a facsimile of that edition.

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Jessie L. Western's English translation from Wauchier de Denain's section of the Conte del Graal is no. VII of the series Arthurian Romances Unrepresented in Malory's "Morte d'Arthur." It was first published by David Nutt in 1907, and is here reprinted as a facsimile of that edition.

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Jessie L. Weston's English renderings of three versions from the Conte del Graal, Diu Crone, and the Prose Lancelot is no. VI of the series Arthurian Romances Unrepresented in Malory's "Morte d'Arthur." It was first published by David Nutt in 1904, and is here reprinted as a facsimile of that edition.

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This book, illustrated by the author's endearing drawings, takes the reader to twenty specially selected places with origins reaching right back into the earliest times. Many of them are endowed with curiously delightful legends and traditions unique to this mysterious and enchanting part of lowland Britain. These particular places have within their local history and traditions, the rare opportunity to take the reader far away into a magical bygone time.
This is the second book on Somerset lege.......

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The Irish and Welsh poems described in this study constitute what has come to be called the "early Celtic nature poetry". The name has been the accepted one for these poems as a whole because they deal to a greater or less extent with external nature, though much is obviously not what we should call real nature poetry at all; and this general description has tended to obscure the fact that the poems are actually very diverse in character. In this book an attempt has been made to discover what re.......

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First published in 1891, this paperback reprint is a facsimile of the fifth edition of 1909.
An account of the history principles and practice of symbolism in Christian Art.

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Ancient pillar stones, market crosses, and ornamented Celtic crosses all share a common basic symbolism, that of the world-axis or link between heaven and earth. The main feature of the ornamented Celtic cross, the wheel-cross on top, is not derived from the crucifixion but from a more ancient symbol, the Chi-Rho monogram, a cross made by combining the first two letters of the name of Christ in Greek; Chi (X) and Rho (P). This second edition is illustrated by drawings of stones and crosses from.......

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Taliesin Poems trans.

Meirion Pennar
The poetry of Taliesin is of enduring interest. Taliesin is best-known for a number of poems reflecting the ancient lore and belief of the Cymric Celts; but he did not write them. Here we present the poems of the real Taliesin, a sixth-century bard who sang the praises of a number of kings from Wales to the North of England, and Scotland. He probably originated from the Welsh kingdom of Powys, but then went North and found there a king fitting to his dynamic muse, Urien of Rheged. Dunragit on t.......

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The Antiquities of Glastonbury

William of Malmesbury
by William of Malmesbury and translated by Frank Lomax.
W. of M. is generally regarded as one of the most astute and reliable of the medieaval historians. His book covers the period from AD 63 to 1126, and takes the form of a treatise on "The Antiquities of Glastonbury" beginning with the legends of Joseph of Arimathea. It was probably written towards 1135.

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