Title: Mystical Britain and Ireland
Writer: Richard Jones (photography by John Mason)
Publishing House: New Holland Australia
Date of Publication: August 10th 2006 (first published 2003)
Rating: 5 stars
‘’Those who pace its lanes and squares may yet hear the echoes of their footsteps on the sounding stones and read upon its gates…’’Who enters here leaves noise behind.’’
Britain and Ireland invite you on a journey where one can experience the energy concentrated over centuries of History, created from clashes of cultures and religions. The result is a haunting world where the pagan past and Christianity have formed a fascinating if stormy marriage where legends and myths communicate sanctity and immortality. Richard Jones guides us to a journey in Britain and Ireland where Celtic monuments and Christian churches stand as eternal witnesses of civilization and spirituality through the beautiful, atmospheric photographs by John Mason.
Cerne Abbas Giant
Coronation Stone, Kingston upon Thames
Wander in Dartmoor and the haunting moors and allow yourselves to experience the incomparable sacred energy of Glastonbury, one of the most sacred and mystical sites of our planet. Seen the sun rise in legendary Stonehedge and marvel at the mysterious Cerne Abbas Giant. See the beautiful carvings at Kilpeck Church and discover the secrets of the Temple of Mithras in London. Pay a visit to Thomas Becket in Canterbury Cathedral and dance with a very special partner in Chanctonbury Ring. Do not overlook the Kings Stone in Kingston Upon Thames or the impressive Green Man at Norwich Cathedral. Trace the steps of Celts, Romans, and Vikings in the Midlands, visit the Celtic Mother Goddess in All Saints’ Church and let yourselves be moved by the great love of Edward I for Queen Eleanor when you stand in front of the Eleanor Cross. The Hill of Tara, the seat of the Irish High Kings, is waiting for you and the haunting Whitby Abbey will rise in the moonlight, a silent presence over the centuries. In Scotland, the sacred isle of Mona hides its secrets well inside the mists.
Green Man at Norwich Cathedral
Hill of Tara
These are only a few of the sites in England, Scotland, Wales and Ireland that you will visit while reading this book, the closest we can get to a mystical experience through the pages.