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Medieval Welsh Poems by Joseph P. Clancy
Medieval Welsh Poems by Joseph P. Clancy
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
This book has a comprehensive array of Welsh poetry from the Gododdin right the way through to the late middle ages.
It includes a heartbreaking lament for Llewelyn ap Gruffydd, last Prince of Gwynnedd, among the Poets of the Princes and in the following period, 1285 - 1525, my favourite Welsh poet, Dafydd ap Gwilym, forever being disappointed in love, including a hilarious account of him waking up a whole tavern as he gropes his way across the room in the darkness to find the girl he fancies.
Anyone who has any interest in Welsh poetry should own this book, and so should anyone with an interest in love poetry or nature poetry. Right the way through, the nature imagery is… Read more
Medieval Vision (Visual Culture of Wales) by Peter Lord
4 of 10 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Medieval Vision, 10 Mar 2006
This book is a magnificent overview of Welsh visual culture. Four years of research went into it, and it shows.
Much of the secular art and buildings of the middle ages were destroyed - Edward I wanted to keep up the propaganda that the Welsh were a backward bunch of savages - but this book shows through what little remains that the Welsh were, in fact, cultured, and had links with Europe that can be seen in their art work.
Much of the book is, of necessity, taken up with Christian imagery, including some wonderful illuminated manuscripts and stained glass windows, as well as a wide variety of fonts. There's even the suggestion that there was a workshop knocking out fonts… Read more
The Tough Guide To Fantasyland (GOLLANCZ S.F.) by Diana Wynne Jones
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
This book is great fun. Diana Wynne Jones gives a comprehensive run down on all the cliches of fantasy fiction, including musings on the unique properties of horses in Fantasyland, the origins of elves, and why fantasy characters don't wear socks.
It really is very, very funny, and it's also a good guide to what to avoid if you're thinking of writing your own fantasy epic.