Fortunate Isles

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Fortunate Isles

or

Isles of the Blest,

in classical and Celtic legend, islands in the Western Ocean. There the souls of favored mortals were received by the gods and lived happily in a paradise. Belief in the islands long persisted, and the Canaries and the Madeira Islands were sometimes identified with them.

Fortunate Isles

(Happy Isles) otherworld for heroes favored by gods. [Gk. Myth.: NCE, 861]
See: Heaven
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Sixteen years later, I returned to these blessed isles with my family - not expecting to see anybody I would have known all those years ago.
In this book what was once known as the Republic of Letters survives, for its living citizens wherever they are scattered and for its dead citizens, resident in Hades (as Natoli's epigraph from Nietzsche suggests), gathered on the Blessed Isles as Socrates used to say, or united in heaven.
So, it may come as a surprise to learn that all is not what it seems to be in this historical idyll: Elizabeth Tudor has, in fact, reigned for 178 years; Britain, or Englandia as it is known, consists of 93 individual blessed isles which float deep in the darkness; the only animals which exist are humans.