Celtic Myths: Heroes and Warriors, Myths and Monsters (Paperback)
An illustrated guide to the myths and legends of the Celtic people. From around 750 BCE to 12 BCE, the Celts were the most powerful people in central and northern Europe. With the expansion of the Roman Empire and the later Christianization of these lands, they were pushed to the fringes of northwestern Spain, France, and the British Isles. But there the mythology of these peoples held strong. The tales from Celtic myth were noted down and absorbed into other cultures. From Roman and Christian scribes, we know of characters like Morrigan the shape-shifting queen, who could change herself from a crow to a wolf; Cu Chulainn, who, mortally wounded in battle, tied himself with his own intestines to a rock so that he'd die standing up; and the Cauldron of Bran, which could restore life. Other than being fascinating in their own right, Celtic legends are of interest for the influence they had over subsequent mythologies. Beautifully illustrated throughout, Celtic Myths is an expertly written account of the mythological tales that both fascinate us and influence other writings.
Michael Kerrigan was educated at St. Edward's College and University College, Oxford, England. He is the author of The History of Death, The Ancients in Their Own Words, World War II Plans That Never Happened, and American Presidents: A Dark History. He is a columnist, book reviewer, and feature writer for publications including TheScotsman and the Times Literary Supplement. Michael Kerrigan lives with his family in Edinburgh.