Early Celtic Scholarship and the Romantic Celt: Charles Squire, The Mythology of the British Islands: An Introduction to Celtic Myth, Legend, Poetry and Romance (1905)


Charles Squire’s introduction to the mythical and legendary traditions of the Gaelic and British Celts retells famous mythological stories associated with important figures of Celtic tradition such as the Irish heroes Cuchulain and Finn macCool and the characters from the Welsh Mabinogion, and the adventures of King Arthur. These tales influenced writers of poetry and fantasy literature such as W.B Yeats, Lord Dunsany and J.R.R. Tolkien. Today, amidst yet another revival of interest in Celtic myth and legend, readers are again drawing inspiration from Celtic narratives.

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