Gods, Heroes & Kings
The Battle for Mythic BritainBook - 2001
The islands of Britain have been a meeting ground of peoples and myths for thousands of years. The Ancient Celts displaced the earlier indigenous peoples, only to find themselves displaced in turn by the Romans, who then abandoned the islands to Germanic tribes that were themselves nearlyovercome by an influx of Scandinavians. Each of these groups brought distinctive legends, rites, and beliefs; with each succeeding wave of invasion, new mythic systems came into contact and conflict with previously established beliefs. In Gods, Heroes, and Kings, Christopher Fee and veteran myth scholar David Leeming explore the sources of Britain's variegated folkloric tradition to discover how this body of seemingly unrelated tales developed. Fee and Leeming uncover a virtual battlefield of myths in which pagan andJudeo-Christian beliefs fought for dominance and classical, Anglo-Saxon, German, and Celtic narrative threads became tangled together. The resulting body of legends became a strange but coherent hybrid, which featured Christian heroes who exhibited distinctly pagan behavior. These myths continue tointerest a broad range of readers: alternative spiritual groups embrace the pagan traditions and folklore of the British Isles, while the Arthurian legends inspire countless fictions, role-playing games, and historical romances. Fee and Leeming have availed themselves to the most recent scholarshipto render an accessible examination of the mythologies of Britain that will be engaging and informative to scholars and general readers alike.
Publisher: Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2001.
Branch Call Number: 201.30941 Fee
Characteristics: xi, 242 p. ;,25 cm.