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Several attempts to confirm Madoc's historicity have been made, but historians of early America, notably Samuel Eliot Morison , regard the story as a myth. The most famous account in English is Robert Southey 's long poem Madoc , which uses the story to explore the poet's freethinking and egalitarian ideals. Smith says the Chronicles say Madoc then went back to Wales to get more people and made a second trip back to the New World. The township of Madoc, Ontario , and the nearby village of Madoc are both named in the prince's memory, as are several local guest houses and pubs throughout North America and the United Kingdom.
The Welsh town of Porthmadog meaning "Madoc's Port" in English and the village of Tremadog "Madoc's Town" in the county of Gwynedd are actually named after the industrialist and Member of Parliament William Alexander Madocks , their principal developer, and additionally influenced by the legendary son of Owain Gwynedd, Madoc ab Owain Gwynedd.
A plaque at Fort Mountain State Park in Georgia recounts a nineteenth-century interpretation of the ancient stone wall that gives the site its name. The plaque repeats Tennessee governor John Sevier's statement that the Cherokees believed "a people called Welsh" had built a fort on the mountain long ago to repel Indian attacks. In memory of Prince Madoc a Welsh explorer who landed on the shores of Mobile Bay in and left behind with the Indians the Welsh language.
The plaque was removed by the Alabama Parks Service in and put in storage. Since then there has been much controversy in getting the plaque reinstalled.
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. For other uses, see Madoc disambiguation.
And takinge his leave of his frends, toke his journey thytherwarde againe wherefore his is to be presupposed that he and his people enhabited parte of those countreys. And sayled west levinge the cost of Irelande [so far] north that he came to a land unknown, where he sawe many starange things.
And this lande most needs be some parte of that land the which the Hispaniardes do affirme them selves to be the first finders, sith Hannos tyme. For by reason and order of cosmosgraphie this lande to which Madoc came to, most needs bee somme parte of Nova Hispania, or Florida. I found it faintly ridiculous, but I'm still glad I read it. Jul 23, Justine rated it really liked it Shelves: mythology. I expected to be swept away by this book: unfortunately, I was not fully, and it is because of the circumstances in which I read it, so nothing to do with Mermaids! I learned many things about mermaids, about the myths surrounding them, where they come from, what they are a symbol for, why they were portrayed as they were, what they mean at different times in History, and in different parts of the world!
It's something I particularly loved in this book: its diversity. We don't focus only on Europe or Ame I expected to be swept away by this book: unfortunately, I was not fully, and it is because of the circumstances in which I read it, so nothing to do with Mermaids! It was fascinating! I also loved the illustrations, but I wanted more, specially works of art the author mentions several times, including one I never found when I Googled it!
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I also loved the parts called Siren Sightings, and the fact that the author sometimes writes as if mermaids really existed. It drags the reader into the book and its mythology, just like a mermaid would seduce a human to drown! A little fault: it is repetitive sometimes, I could see some sentences were used in several chapters. But, when it is mentionned again, a myth or fact is told to bring something new to the book, so, it's repetition to add new elements. The bibliography seems quite large, so I'm pretty sure I'll find new books to add on my shelves!
This was a very interesting read. I became interested in all the mermaid lore a few months ago, while I was trying to come up with ideas for short stories. And then this book came my way as a Christmas present from my boy, which was absolutely perfect to do some research on the subject. The first part of the book talks about characteristics of mermaids and from where could the myth have come about. It was ok, but not a lot that I hadn't read elsewhere. After all, fascination with mermaids h This was a very interesting read.
After all, fascination with mermaids has always been a thing and no one seems to be able to pinpoint exactly where the myth started as many civilisations had lots of water and ocean gods, out of which several mermaid tales came from. The second part was the most useful for me, as it's a journey through the mermaids of the world. And while European mermaids are the most common ones, and thus the less strange, the rest of the world has some interesting folklore about them, and I have so many notes and ideas for stories that now my brain is overflowing.
This was an excellent research book, and on top of that, it has some amazing stories, and folklore I had never heard of. Perfect if you love mythology and folklore. Sep 24, Lorryn Woodward rated it it was ok Shelves: nonfiction , read , beat-the-back-list The drawings and cover are super cute but while there is some interesting information, it is also really redundant. Aug 10, Devon rated it liked it Shelves: owned-books. Mermaids: The Myths, Legends, and Lore is a fun an informative book about mermaids and mermaid lore.
I would not call it encyclopedic or exhaustive, but it does cover a good deal of information that spans continents which is to say, non-European deities and lore make an appearance, which I appreciated very much. Though I overall enjoyed the book, I do have some issues with it. For being a page book, I found a lot of the information repetitive, especially in the first half, where the author rec Mermaids: The Myths, Legends, and Lore is a fun an informative book about mermaids and mermaid lore. For being a page book, I found a lot of the information repetitive, especially in the first half, where the author recycles information and stories, which I did not think necessary, especially as so many stories and information weren't included!
I also found the author interspersed her own opinions into the text, which isn't in itself a problem, but she often didn't signal to the reader well enough what was her opinion and what was fact, which may leave some readers taking the author's personal interpretation as factual.
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I also really question the addition of a few section about calling on certain deities or asking their favour - simply because these were exclusively for African and other non-European deities. I think that was a misguided choice, as I am uncertain whether those traditions are considered open I tend to think they are not.
It also raised questions about why such sections weren't included for European spirits. The bibliography was greatly appreciated my opinion always goes up when a text, even one that is not necessarily scholarly, includes one! I would have also liked to have seen more non-European artwork.
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Even on the pages where African, Asian, or Native Australian and Native American deities and spirits were discussed were images of blonde, fair-skinned mermaids. Maybe this is because the only images in public domain are of that sort, but I feel the choice undermined those sections by not including mermaids of colour or other representations. I love mermaids, and I love that there is an accessible text for people interested in them, with a fair amount of good research to it. But this book is not a perfect source. I don't necessarily think it needs to be, for it was interesting and enjoyable, but I caution interested readers to come to it with a more critical eye.
Apr 22, Brianne rated it really liked it Shelves: fantasy-sci-fi , books , challenges , mythology. This book was so much fun!
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Alexander gave a lot of information and what's even better she included her bibliography so you can go and find out even more about mermaids. Even with all of the information it never felt like a textbook and I enjoyed her writing style. To top it all off, the book itself is completely gorgeous. All the text and pictures are in the same blue as the cover.
I have her fairies book and I'm excited to read it. I'd highly recommend this to anyone, especially those intereste This book was so much fun!
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I'd highly recommend this to anyone, especially those interested in fantasy and mythology! Nov 07, Naomi Ruth rated it liked it Shelves: adult-fiction , own , non-fict. It started out kinda' repetitive, but once it got into the actual telling of different mermaid stories from different countries it got better. I would like to say: I'm annoyed it's printed in blue ink.
I would't've bought it if I had known and now I don't know if I want to keep it around or not. Some of us have a hard time reading colored ink, ya know. It was kind of an odd little book and I'm still not sure, I don't know. I guess I'm interested to see how the author petiti It started out kinda' repetitive, but once it got into the actual telling of different mermaid stories from different countries it got better.
I guess I'm interested to see how the author petitioned to have this book published. It would be interesting to see what the sort of, I guess, reason behind it is. Aug 07, Kayleigh Sparrow rated it it was amazing. This is such a beautiful book both to look at and read in equal parts.
It is so full of really interesting facts, myths and geographical folk lore. Jan 25, Jennifer Collins rated it it was amazing Shelves: books-i-own. This little books is packed with illustrations, fun facts and myths on every page. I love learning about the origins of mermaids in different cultures and the scientific discoveries.
Dec 14, Eyterna rated it it was amazing. What a read. It took me 6 months, but i have read another non-fiction book yay me! It still feels exhilarating every time i notice i am not reading a YA fiction book and still wanting to read it. I'm still taking it in small doses one page at a time , but it's been seriously fun.
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