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Gods, Heroes, & Kings: The Battle for Mythic Britain

Christopher R. Fee

Abstract

The islands of Britain have been a crossroads of gods, heroes, and kings—those of flesh as well as those of myth—for thousands of years. Successive waves of invasion brought distinctive legends, rites, and beliefs. The ancient Celts displaced earlier indigenous peoples only to find themselves displaced in turn by the Romans, who then abandoned the islands to Germanic tribes, a people themselves nearly overcome in time by an influx of Scandinavians. With each wave of invaders came a battle for the mythic mind of the Isles as the newcomer's belief system met with the existing systems of gods, le ... More

Keywords: gods, heroes, Celts, Romans, Scandinavia, folklore, myths, pagan beliefs, Judeo-Christian beliefs, Anglo-Saxons

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2004 Print ISBN-13: 9780195174038
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195174038.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Christopher R. Fee, author
Gettysburg College