"An illuminating and relaxed translation...Sioned Davies has done
[the Mabinogion] and her modern readers proud."
-- The Times (Books), February 24, 2007
"An illuminating and relaxed translation...The Mabinogion are the cornerstone of medieval Welsh literature. They are gloriously inventive, highly dramatic, sometimes ferocious, sometimes lyrical, often witty, and ultimately profound in their understanding and revelation of human nature. In my estimate, Sioned Davies has done them and her modern readers proud." -- Kevin Crossley-Holland, The Times (Books)
"It may be said at once that the translation will have instant success. It will bring the tales to thousands of new readers, while its commentary will be a vital tool for scholars....By fuelling debate on this and other questions, Sioned Davies's splendid volume inaugurates a new age of Mabinogion studies." -- Modern Language Review
"It will bring the tales to thousands of new readers, while its
commentary will be a vital tool for scholars." -- Modern Language Review
"The Mabinogion is famously magical. Enchantment glows on every
-- The Independent on Sunday, March 4, 2007
"The Mabinogion is famously magical. Enchantment glows on every page, but it does not here violate the laws of nature: it reveals them." -- Murrough O'Brien, The Independent on Sunday
"This fresh, energetic translation is a revelation and, for the first time, shows off The Mabinogion tales as what they were originally: splendid entertainment." -- The Guardian Review
'An accurate and very lively version of the tales: it sounds
modern and reads well.'
-- Cambria Magazine, April 1, 2007
'Professor Davies's translation surpasses all its predecessors in
accuracy and readability...[her] introduction can be recommended
unreservedly.' -- TLS, July 2007
About the Author
Sioned Davies is Chair of Welsh at Cardiff University. Her special interest is the interplay between orality and literacy, together with the performance aspects of medieval Welsh narrative. Her publications include Crefft y Cyfarwydd (Cardiff, 1995), which is a study of narrative techniques in the Mabinogion, The Four Branches of the Mabinogi (Llandysul, 1993), and a co-edited volume, The Horse in Celtic Culture: Medieval Welsh Perspectives (Cardiff, 1997).