The Mabinogion is the title given to a collection of eleven prose
stories collated from medieval Welsh manuscripts. The tales draw on
pre-Christian Celtic mythology, international folktale motifs, and
early medieval historical traditions. While some details may hark
back to older Iron Age traditions, each of these tales is the
product of a highly developed medieval Welsh narrative tradition,
both oral and written. Lady Charlotte Guest in the mid 19th century
was the first to publish English translations of the collection,
popularising the name "Mabinogion" at the same time. Lady Charlotte
Elizabeth Guest, (nee Bertie) (19 May 1812 - 15 January 1895),
later Lady Charlotte Schreiber, was an English translator and
business woman. An important figure in the study of Welsh language
and literature, she is best known for her pioneering translation
into English of the major medieval work, the Mabinogion.
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