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Magic, Metallurgy and Imagination in Medieval Ireland (Paperback)

Three Studies

P&S History > Medieval World > Medieval Archaeology P&S History > Medieval World > Viking & Early Medieval Europe > Viking & Early Medieval Archaeology

Imprint: Celtic Studies Publications
Series: Celtic Studies Publications
Pages: 148
Illustrations: 2
ISBN: 9781891271281
Published: 1st August 2019
Last Released: 15th May 2024
Casemate UK Academic

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This book is a study of the rich and fascinating traditions found early Irish literature concerning smiths and the fashioning of metal. The smith had a special status within the traditional societies of early Ireland and elsewhere in the Celtic-speaking world. The figure is associated with magic and the supernatural, as well as having special legal status, and a marginal and ambiguous position within the community. John Carey is an internationally known expert on Old Irish language and literature and includes here texts and translations of magical spells, incantations, and narratives connected with smiths and their craft.

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