audiobook (Unabridged) Warrior Queen from the Isle of Skye · Celtic Heroes and Legends

By History Nerds

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The Gaelic myths and legends that are prevalent in the British Isles are the very fabric of the Irish, Scottish, Manx, and Cornish people today. They are colorful, steeped in heroic deeds and adventurous demigods, rooted in times long gone, when Europe as we know it was an altogether different land. More precisely, the Irish Mythology and its unique Ulster Cycle are an endless source of inspiration, and are a crystal clear glimpse into the heart and soul of the Irish People. One of the more enigmatic figures from this cycle is Scáthach, a legendary Scottish warrior woman, responsible for many things - but chiefly for teaching warrior skills to the young hero Cú Chulainn. "A Scottish woman in Irish myths?" you might be wondering right now. But you read that well: Scáthach is the clear connection between two nations of the same origins - Ireland and Scotland. This mythical figure is the connection between brotherly folk, a root that entwines their shared Gaelic culture. But even better, the topic of Scáthach is a great starting point for scholars and historians - from here we can conduct extensive research that would uncover deeper layers of the enigmatic Ulster Cycle and the ancient connection between Ireland and Scotland. From there, we can glimpse into the turbulent fate of the Picts, the unique subject of the Gaels, the Scoti, and the Kingdom of Dál Riata. And last but not least - we can find parallels between the legend of Scáthach and the older, Indo-European myths and beliefs that clearly tell us of the ancient origins of the Gaelic folk.