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review 2018-03-28 22:33
A great study of the Celtic Revival and the visual arts
The Rediscovery of Ireland's Past: The Celtic Revival, 1830-1930 - Jeanne Sheehy

As a force fueling the development of an Irish national identity in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, the Celtic Revival proved an important movement in modern Irish history.  Yet with such luminaries as William Butler Yeats and J. M. Synge among its leading figures, the literary expression of the movement has overshadowed its other elements.  In this book, art historian Jeanne Sheehy seeks to provide a more complete understanding of the Revival by examining its impact on the visual arts of the era.

 

Sheehy begins by tracing the origins of the movement to the developing interest in history throughout Europe in the early nineteenth century, particularly in medieval history.  This fueled the first significant study of Irish antiquities, particularly those of the Celtic and early Christian (pre-English) eras.  These discoveries generated a growing respect for Ireland’s cultural heritage, one neglected by elites in recent centuries who sought to identify themselves more closely to English culture.  Now Irish emblems such as the shamrock and the harp became symbols of Irish pride, and were seized upon by activists such as those in the Young Ireland movement as badges of identity.

 

Sheehy chronicles this development with a sure command of the artistic developments of the era.  She notes the reflection of the movement in the painting, sculpture, and architecture of the era, demonstrating how the Revival was reflected in nearly every field of artistry.  Though she concludes that a distinctively Irish style failed to develop from the Revival, she nonetheless identifies several threads of development that demonstrate the importance of the Revival to Irish art from the era.  Thoroughly researched, generously illustrated, and well-written, this is a valuable study of its subject, one that offers an added dimension to studying the interaction between culture and nationalism in modern Irish history. 

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review 2018-03-11 21:48
Myth and Middle-earth
Myth & Middle-Earth: Exploring the Medieval Legends Behind J.R.R. Tolkien's Lord of the Rings - Leslie Ellen Jones

I enjoyed this book about how various mythologies and legends were re-used and presented in a new light by J. R. R. Tolkien, especially the section on drowned lands. The Celtic myths of Ireland and Wales were interesting too. There's much more inside for anyone interested in mythology and how Middle-earth reflects these. Recommended!

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text 2018-03-02 12:30
Friday Reads - March 2, 2018
Women Heroes of World War I: 16 Remarkable Resisters, Soldiers, Spies, and Medics - Kathryn J. Atwood
The Irish Americans: A History - Jay P. Dolan
Forgotten Voices of the Great War - Max Arthur,Imperial War Museum
Read Aloud Celtic Myths And Legends - Joan C. Verniero
A Wrinkle in Time - Madeleine L'Engle

 

I'm not a fan of Dr. Seuss (as a kid or as a mom), but I can't deny his place in children's literature or imaginations. My kids like some of his stuff (The Grinch and The Lorax) but they prefer Mo Willems' stuff.

 

The weather forecasters are calling for a lot of snow for today and tomorrow, and quite frankly I am tired of Old Man Winter and his BS. I want spring flowers and sunshine and all things pastel colored. And I am in a part of England that does not get snow, so this winter's constant snow squalls are really unusual. As I will be found this weekend under a blanket or three and sipping all the hot beverages, I am also making it a reading weekend. I have nothing on my planner for this weekend and I am going to enjoy it.

 

So I want to finish Women Heroes of World War 1 and get to at least 30% of The Irish Americans. I want to read the entries for 1914 from Forgotten Voices. Sunday is all about A Wrinkle in Time. The kids and I are doing two stories per night from the Read-Aloud Celtic Myths and Legends. That should get my March reading off to a good start.

 

So for those readers basking in warm spring temperatures or enjoying the last of the summer sun, enjoy it. If you are like me and experiencing winter on the "why won't you go away already" level, pass the hot water bottle. Happy Reading!

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text 2018-03-01 12:00
March 2018 TBR
Celtic Myth & Magick: Harness the Power of the Gods & Goddesses - Edain McCoy
Read Aloud Celtic Myths And Legends - Joan C. Verniero
A Wrinkle in Time - Madeleine L'Engle
Forgotten Voices of the Great War - Max Arthur,Imperial War Museum
The Irish Americans: A History - Jay P. Dolan
Women Heroes of World War I: 16 Remarkable Resisters, Soldiers, Spies, and Medics - Kathryn J. Atwood

My reading has opened up since the end of COYER Winter Switch is almost here. I am glad I went with print books for the final phase; somehow the list didn't work for me this time. This month I am focusing on my Great War reading list and all things Irish/Celtic. Finally, buddy read with Whiskey on A Wrinkle in Time before seeing the movie!

 

March TBR

1. Celtic Myth and Magick: Harnessing the Power of the Gods and Goddesses by Edain McCoy

 

2. Read-Aloud Celtic Myths and Legends by Joan C. Verniero (read along with the kids)

 

3. Women Heroes of World War I: 16 Remarkable Resisters, Soldiers, Spies, and Medics by Kathryn J. Atwood

 

4. Forgotten Voices from the Great War by Max Arthur

 

5. The Irish Americans: A History by Jay P. Dolan

 

6. A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle

 

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review 2018-02-07 14:07
Creating Celtic Knotwork: A Fresh Approach to Traditional Design by Cari Buziak
Creating Celtic Knotwork: A Fresh Approach to Traditional Design (Dover Art Instruction) - Cari Buziak

I am so excited about this book. I have always wanted to learn how to make Celtic knots. They are so beautiful. I honestly figured they would be extremely hard to make and that it would take years of training to get them right. With this book, a sheet of graph paper, and a pack of markers I have learned the art. No mine are not totally perfect yet but I can say I have designed and made a few already. I have even used some plain craft ribbon to make some of my creations. I have designed a small knot to make out of wire to make earrings and a matching necklace to give as gifts.

 

This book is an instruction manual to making Celtic knots. It takes you step by step through multiple knots, shapes, and sizes. These knots are so intricate I never thought they would be so easy to make. The book is very easy to read and gives you all the information with diagrams you need to get you started and on your way to making these beautiful knots. This book is not just for beginners but advanced knot makers can find many useful tips and designs as well.

 

The book is very easy to follow. There is a diagram for each step in the creation process. There are simple knots, more advanced, and even shapes like the Celtic dog, lion, and even a person. This to me is the perfect book for anyone interested in making and designing Celtic knots.

 

 

I received this book from the Author or Publisher via Netgalley.com to read and review.

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