The Sea Kingdoms: The History of Celtic Britain and Ireland

The Sea Kingdoms: The History of Celtic Britain and Ireland

by Alistair Moffat (Author)


This is a narrative history based on a journey from Shetland, down the west coast of Scotland - taking in the Isle of Man and the Outer Hebrides - across to Ireland, back to Anglesey and the west Welsh coast, back to Ireland again and finally Cornwall. This journey lies at the heart of the book - the base from which the author strays into the oral histories, legends and known events of the Celts and their past - with narratives soaked in legend, myth, sensuality, tragedy and gore. These apparently disparate stories, fragments of history and myth are woven together together to give a representation of the race which has repeatedly changed history as we know it. Ranging between pre-history and the present, with much in between - the book tells the story of a people stretched down 1000 miles of coastline that has to be among Britain's richest and most ancient. It also tells the story of the sea itself, which has, more than anything, shaped the Celtic character.


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Format: Paperback
Pages: 400
Edition: New Ed
Publisher: HarperCollins
Published: 02 Dec 2002

ISBN 10: 0006532438
ISBN 13: 9780006532439

Author Bio
Alistair Moffat was responsible for turning a rough, ragbag and forgettable part of the Edinburgh Festival into the Fringe we know today. It was he who brought the comics -- starting with Rowan Atkinson -- and the world-wide fame and notoriety which followed. Then he went into TV and ended up Managing Director of Scottish Television, a job he left recently to concentrate on individual writing and television projects. His first book, published by Weidenfeld, Arthur and the Lost Kingdoms, sold over 17,000 copies. This is his second. He is an expert in Scottish Gaelic and history.