The Mabinogion cover

The Mabinogion

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1. 01 – The Lady of the Fountain
2. 02 – Then the horn for washing was sounded..
3. 03 – Luned set out, under the pretence…
4. 04 – And as Owain one day sat at meat…
5. 05 – Peredur the Son of Evrawc
6. 06 – And Peredur rode forward
7. 07 – And the next day Peredur rode forth…
8. 08 – And the first night Peredur came to Caerlleon…
9. 09 – Arthur was in Caerlleon…
10. 10 – And the next day Peredur set forth
11. 11 – Arthur was at Caerlleon upon Usk…
12. 12 – Then Peredur rode forward
13. 13 – The Dream of Rhonabwy
14. 14 – After this they saw a troop…
15. 15 – And Arthur and Owain marvelled…

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Sample a moment of magic realism from the Red Book of Hergest:On one side of the river he saw a flock of white sheep, and on the other a flock of black sheep. And whenever one of the white sheep bleated, one of the black sheep would cross over, and become white; and when one of the black sheep bleated, one of the white sheep would cross over, and become black.Before passing on to the Mabinogion proper, Lady Charlotte Guest devotes Volume I of her compilation of medieval Welsh tales to three brief romances of Arthur’s Court. The centrepiece is the story of Peredur, the Dumb Youth – known elsewhere as Perceval, Parzifal, the Holy Fool, et al.This is the violent world of satin-clad knights and their clashing encounters, peremptory slayings of giants and cave-dwelling monsters – a world where love is as sudden and final as death. (Introduction by Martin Geeson)