Angles, Saxons, Celts, Britons: Children of a Common Past

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Selected fiction and nonfiction about the early inhabitants of the British Isles. December 2009.

  • How the Irish Saved Civilization
    by Thomas Cahill
    Reveals the pivotal role played by the monks and scribes of Ireland in the development of Western culture and history.
  • Confessions of a Pagan Nun
    by Kate Horsley
    A fictional memoir of a nun who had been a practicing druid for many years during Ireland's Dark Ages.
  • I am of Irelaunde: A Novel of Patrick
    by Juliene Osborne-McKnight
    Years after escaping slavery in Ireland as a young man, Patricius returns to Ireland to bring Christianity to the heathens, and finds himself joining forces with Osian, a great poet-warrior of the Fianna.
  • The Greener Shore: A Novel of the Druids of Hibernia
    by Morgan Llywelyn
    As druids in Celtic Gaul, they had been the harmonious soul of their tribe. But when Julius Caesar and his army invaded and conquered their homeland, the great druid Ainvar and his clan fled for their lives, taking with them the ancient knowledge. Guided by a strange destiny, they found themselves drawn to a green island at the very rim of the world: Hibernia, home of the Gael.
  • The Last Kingdom
    by Bernard Cornwell
    Captured and raised by Danes in the ninth century, dispossessed nobleman Uhtred witnesses the unexpected defeat of his adoptive Viking clan by Alfred of Wessex and longs to recover his father's land.
  • Beowulf: A New Verse Translation
    translated by Seamus Heaney

  • Grendel
    by John Gardner
    The monster Grendel expresses his isolation and loneliness in a dark and bleak northern world.

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