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Welsh Legends and Myths

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‘King Arthur and the Afanc'

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Jasmijn Evans

Introduction

Dark winter nights and a vivid imagination have created a long tradition of story telling amongst Celtic people and the Welsh are no exception. Like the Irish and the Scots, we love a good story. There are literally hundreds of Welsh legends and tales that have been passed down through the centuries. Many of them are based on factual events. Some have mythical roots, but all are entertaining.

In this book you will find a collection of eighty Welsh legends, gathered from across Wales. Previously published in five volumes as ‘Legends and Myths from Wales’.Learn how the Temptress of Cilgerran tricked her husband, the truth of the French invasion, why there is a Prince sleeping in caves deep beneath Carreg Cennen, the secret of Culver Hole and why Twm Shon Cati is known as the Welsh Robin hood. Discover the story of Dafydd Gam and how he got his name, why the Men of Harlech were so valiant and the reason King Tewdrig wanted to save his kingdom. Learn the incredible story of Merthyr and its Iron Masters. These are just a few of the stories told in these pages.

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