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The Book of Taliesin

By: Rowan Williams - translator,Gwyneth Lewis - translator
Narrated by: Gwyneth Lewis,Rowan Williams
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This Penguin Classic is performed by David Sibley, best known for Henry V, War & Peace and Silent Witness. This definitive recording is translated by and includes an introduction by Gwyneth Lewis and Rowan William. 

Taliesin's is one of the most important names in all Welsh literature - and one of its greatest mysteries. He has fascinated and inspired some of our greatest poets, including Tennyson and Robert Graves. He is a poet; a shape-shifter; a seer; a chronicler of battles fought, by sword and with magic, between the ancient kingdoms of the fifth- and sixth-century British Isles; a bridge between old Welsh mythologies and the new Christian theology; and a figure whose literary legend culminated with the compilation in 13th-century North Wales of The Book of Taliesin, an anthology gathering the work of some 700 years of anonymous hands.

In the first volume since 1915 to gather the The Book of Taliesin in its entirety, Gwyneth Lewis and Rowan Williams' artfully accessible translation makes these outrageous, swaggering and joyful poems available to a new generation.

©2019 Rowan Williams and Gwyneth Lewis (P)2021 Penguin Audio

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Great book and explanation

great companion for Beowulf or if you want to study poetry before Shakespeare. There is also a great explanation of the ancient language was used and translated.

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  • Steph
  • 08-21-22

Performance marred by poor Welsh pronunciation

The speaking artist cannot pronounce basic Welsh words- such as Cymru, Dyfed, Eryri, Cadair and many more. How this bad pronunciation managed to get through without anyone noticing is quite astonishing. There are plenty of talented Welsh actors who could have performed this better. This deserves better.

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  • Garry Watts
  • 02-20-22

Highly entertaining

If you are interested in early Welsh bardic tradition this book is a must and a pleasure. It does not vere off in far flung assumptions but gives clear and logical possibilities in the more obscure areas where there is little to go on as 100% proof without claiming its assumptions as being exact. Not being an academic I thoroughly enjoyed the whole experience and the inspiration it has given me. Loud applause for the authors and on audible, the narrator.