For those interested in Welsh mythology, but unsure where to start, you won’t find a much better introduction than Miranda Aldhouse-Green’s Enchanted Wales. An introduction to the stories within and surrounding the Mabinogi, the book gives a concise summary of several core myths before going on to highlight recurring themes and ideas within them.
As well as exploring the overlaps in magical beliefs that run through the stories, Aldhouse-Green uses her experience as an archaeologist to highlight the history behind the myths and the potential origins of the cultural ideas that underpin them. I wouldn’t necessarily recommend this to those familiar with the tales and their history, though there are some interesting observations (particularly relating to archaeological findings) that will be novel to Welsh folklore enthusiasts.
With Enchanted Wales, Aldhouse-Green has crafted an excellent introductory text. Clear and accessible, this book is perfect for those who are looking for an easy but interesting read, and parents wishing to explore Celtic heritage with their older children. This is a good, clear introduction to the magic embedded in the Mabinogi, and with some fascinating insight into the culture that created it.
Enchanted Wales, Miranda Aldhouse-Green (Calon)
Price: £18.99. Info: here
words HARI BERROW