Tales of Arthur
was named
the best photography/art book of 2010-2011 by the Welsh Books Council.
 
The Mabinogi: 

Legend and Landscape of Wales

New translations of medieval Welsh myth and legend

by John K. Bollard, with photographs by Anthony Griffiths

Three volumes of myth and magic, mystery and wonder from medieval Wales that concurrently convey deep truths about human nature.  Each volume is illustrated with 60 stunning colour photographs of places mentioned in the tales or related to characters named in them.

Tales of Arthur
Three tales of Arthur's knights, as they search for love and glory and ultimately learn a deeper, selfless sympathy for others
The History of Peredur or The Fortress of Wonders
The Tale of the Countess of the Spring
The History of Geraint Son of Erbin

The Mabinogi

The renowned Four Branches of The Mabinogi, the jewel in the crown of early Welsh literature and a classic of European literature, preserving much that we know about British Celtic mythology while exploring timeless themes of friendship, war, and our relationships with each other.

Companion Tales to The Mabinogi

The earliest complete tale of Arthur, How Culhwch Got Olwen; two tales of legendary Welsh history, The Dream of Maxen Wledig and The Story of Lludd and Llefelys; and the Arthurian satire of The Dream of Rhonabwy.
 

To order in the US & Canada, click here.
In the UK, click here.

from the reviews:
The Mabinogi

  "I cannot think of a finer introduction to such an all important work of literature."
Dewi Roberts - gwales.com

Companion Tales to The Mabinogi

...the glory of Anthony Griffiths's inspired photography.... The clarity and elegance of Bollard's writing in the commentary is matched in the translations themselves.

--Ceridwen Lloyd-Morgan, Planet

Tales of Arthur
In essence, this book, alongside its forerunners in the trilogy...adds up to a modern collector's item that is a delight.
--Western Mail

In the US and Canada, signed copies
may be ordered from here.
 

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Related Links

Readers interested in creative modern approaches to Arthurian legend,  should read Margaret Lloyd's wonderful and important collection of persona poems in the voices Arthurian characters:

A Moment in the Field

For a delightful blend of Welsh and Irish lore with modern American popular culture, see David Lloyd's poem sequence blending Frank Sinatra's public persona with Biblical and mythological representations of divinity:

 The Gospel According to Frank.

 

If you are interested in the Welsh landscape and/or the art of the Celtic guitar, see  

Anthony Griffiths' website.

 For more information about Ysbryd,
click here.

The Legend and Landscape of Wales Series


The Mabinogi, also known as The Four Branches of the Mabinogi, is a set of four tales written in Wales in the late eleventh century by an unknown master of Medieval Welsh prose.  Each tale, or branch, can stand independently and be read on its own, but there are numerous explicit, implicit, and thematic links between them, and The Mabinogi is a single, unified literary work, providing readers both then and now with a remarkable world view and a deep understanding of human nature.  The author draws on mythological tales and characters derived from a pre-Christian Celtic mythological past, and The Mabinogi is our best source for much information about that mythology that would otherwise be lost.  However, The Mabinogi is not mythology in the primary sense.  Rather, it uses the myth, magic, and mystery of an earlier age to explore the ways in which we create bonds of friendship, love, and loyalty, and in which we distort and break these same bonds, resulting in shame, dishonor, war, and death.

For the very first time, the tales are accompanied by stunning photographs of the places mentioned in them, allowing the reader a glimpse of the magical landscape of Wales where the tales take place and where the Welsh inhabitants today are daily reminded of the characters and events recounted in this classic of European literature.

 Companion Tales to The Mabinogi includes four tales found in the same manuscripts as The MabinogiHow Culhwch Got Olwen is the earliest surviving tale of Arthur and his court of remarkable characters.  The Dream of Maxen Wledig tells how the Roman emperor Maxen fell in love with a Welsh maiden in his sleep and how her brothers saved his empire.  The Story of Lludd and Llefelys is the story of three mysterious plagues on the Island of Britain.  The Dream of Rhonabwy is a strange and colorful tale of life in 12th-century Wales, looking back to a more colorful -- and far stranger -- golden age of Arthur.  For more information, click here.
 
Tales of Arthur  Perhaps as early as the seventh century Arthur's fame as a warrior and a leader began to draw the stories of other heroes into his realm, and whether he plays an active or a more passive role in their respective tales, he serves as the paragon to whom they are subject and in whose name they act.  In the 12th century and later, Arthur's court becomes perhaps the most important literary locus in which social and personal ideals of love, honour, and bravery are explored, where Arthur's knights struggle to be at once gentle lovers, fierce fighters, and servants simultaneously to God, their king and queen, and the ladies they love most.  Here are the stories of Peredur, taken into the wilderness by his mother to avoid the fate of his father and six brothers, all of them knights who died in wars and fighting; Owain, the already accomplished knight who sets out to test his bravery and who must face up to more personal failings of a sort he never would have imagined; and Geraint, whose anger serves him well in battle but greatly clouds and complicates his relationship with his wife.

What does Mabinogi mean?  
What is
"The Mabinogion"?

Click here.

 A short Mabinogi bibliography
Click here.
 
On The Mabinogi and Being Welsh
A Message for St. David's Day
Click here
 
 To read a short passage from
The Mabinogi

Click here
.

To read reviews of
The Mabinogi
Legend and Landscape of Wales
Click here.

Click here to read a translation of the amusing
Araith Iolo Goch,
by an early reader of these tales
.

John K. Bollard is considered one of the world's leading authorities on the Four Branches of The Mabinogi.  He received an MA in Medieval Welsh Language, Literature, and History from the University of Wales, Aberystwyth, and a PhD in Medieval Celtic and English literature from the University of Leeds. 

For the author's personal website, click here.
To contact the author, click here.

Anthony Griffiths is well known as a guitarist and Welsh landscape photographer.  He is a former winner of the Photography Prize at the National Eisteddfod.  For information about his CD of traditional Celtic and original compositions, Ysbryd: The Spirit of the Celtic Guitar, click here.



New from
Liverpool Univ.
Press
This casebook presents 101 documents, poems, letters, chronicles, etc., relating to Owain Glyndŵr and the rebellion he led during the first decade of the 15th century.  All texts are presented in their original languages (Welsh, Latin, French, Anglo-Norman, Middle and Early Modern English) with translations and explanatory notes.  Essays by an international team of experts provide multiple contexts for a thorough reevaluation of Owain and his times.

 

"...the definitive collection of texts... relating to the great Welshman’s uprising."

   --Prof. John France,
Swansea University

 For more information, click here.