From Mist and Stone: The Folklore of the Celts and Vikings - George M. Stone
Hardcover, 192 pages, National Geographic Society, 2005
George Stone thoughtfully and economically reviews centuries of Celtic and Nordic cultural development, touching on the emergence of these "barbarian" peoples and tracking their countless accomplishments as they made their way across Europe and around the world. Celts in Iceland? Vikings in the Middle East? America discovered ages before Columbus? Warp spasms, silver hoards, Tolkien? The breadth of this book is simply astonishing.
The author's use of literary genius, from Greek and Roman records (including notes by Strabo and Caesar) to Celtic and Nordic epics and sagas adds richness and incomparable depth to this wondrously illustrated volume. The National Geographic Society-and the title's young author-are to be commended.
The Cerne Giant - An Antiquity on Trial, by Timothy Darvill, Katherine Barker, Barbara Bender, Ronald Hutton
Paperback, 172 pages, Oxbow Books, 1999
In March 1996, in the Cerne Abbas Village Hall, the famous Giant was put on trial. Three cases were presented: that the Giant is prehistoric or Romano-British in origin; that he is of medieval or post-medieval origin; and that he is important irrespective of his age. This book presents the trial proceedings, with introductory chapters describing the context and current management of the Giant; the three advocates putting their cases; and the evidence of experts ranging from archaeologists and art historians to poets.
Read a review published in the Journal of the Prehistoric Society.
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Illustrated with his distinctive paintings, Maurice Askew gives his personal angle on each of these small bits of English History. He also explores the myths and legends behind each of the figures and the possible reasons for their creation.
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An illustrated guide to Celtic spirituality and mythology. This magnificently illustrated volume provides an invaluable source of material on every aspect of Celtic culture including lifestyle and society, mythology and folklore, as well as Celtic spirituality and it's relevance to the new millenium.
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