The Horse in Celtic Culture

Medieval Welsh Perspectives

Edited by Sioned Davies and Nerys Ann Jones

The Horse in Celtic Culture

Edited by Sioned Davies and Nerys Ann Jones

Distributed for University of Wales Press

192 pages | 5 1/2 x 8 1/2
Paper $20.00 ISBN: 9780708314142 Published January 1997 For sale in North and South America, Australia, and New Zealand only

Ever since its domestication, the horse has played a central role in the history of mankind. This multifunctional animal was responsible for revolutionizing transportation and fighting techniques, which led ultimately to significant social, economic and cultural changes. Horses in Celtic Culture examines a fascinating topic that to date has received very little attention from historians and literary specialists.


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List of Contributors

Introduction by Sioned Davies and Nerys Ann Jones

1. The Symbolic Horse in Pagan Celtic Europe: An Archaeological Perspective by Miranda Aldhouse Green

2. Horses in the Early Historic Period: Evidence from the Pictish Sculptured Stones by Irene Hughson

3. The Earliest Words for “Horse” in the Celtic Languages by Patricia Kelly

4. The Horse in the Welsh Law Texts by Dafydd Jenkins

5. Horses in Medieval Welsh Court Poetry by Nerys Ann Jones

6. The Triads of the Horses by Rachel Bromwich

7. Horses in the Maginogion by Sioned Davies

8. ‘Praise lasts longer than a horse’: Poems of Request and Thanks for Horses by Bleddyn Owen Huws

9. The Horse in Welsh Folklore: A Boundary Image in Custom and Narrative by Juliette Wood


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