> >If you're really interested in the Celtic Cultures, go to the
>> library/bookstore and find yourself some good stuff to read. If
>> just starting, "How the Irish Saved Civilization" might not be a bad
>> place to begin,
>I don't recommend this book. In my opinion, it's almost as lightweight
>as the Dal Riada posting we're criticizing. I'd recommend Cunliffe's
>_The Ancient Celts_.
Right, 'tis lightweight, but when one is just beginning, it isn't all
that bad. In terms of errors, yes there are some, but the manner in
which the work portrays the coming and development of Chritianity is
actually very nicely done. I particularly enjoyed how the author
incorporated Augustine into the picture--something which can never be
>> Jackson's "Early Irish Myths and Sagas".
>Umm, I think you mean either Jackson's _A Celtic Miscellany_--which is
>terrific suggestion becasue it's truly Celtic and not just Irish--or
>Jeffrey Gantz' _Early Irish Myths and Sagas_.
Yes, I meant Gantz and said Jackson. It was getting late and my caffeine
was wearing off.
Now, let's talk about your reading list. I am only posting this, not to
beggar the issue, but rather because i think that if the List came up
with a good reading list, we could direct folks to this whenever we get
the ubiquitous question "I'm just starting, where do I go?".
I like some of your entries, but I think too many weighted towards the
pagan religious/mythological arena, and not nearly enough (if any)
towards the very important Christian aspect or to the history. So, would
you be willing to winnow away some stuff (like Miranda Greene, Anne Ross
and the Rees brothers) and instead add:
Caesar, "The Gallic War"
Tacitus "The Agricolae"
Bede "The Ecclesiastical History of the English People"
Giraldus Cambrensis "The Itinerary Through Wales/Journey Through Wales"
H.R. Loyn "The Vikings in Britian"
Lisa Bitel "Land of Women" (someone please confirm the title)
T.M. Charles-Edwards "Early Irish and Welsh Kinship" (this one may be for
Kim McCone "Pagan Past and Christian Present in Early Irish Literature"
GWS Barrows "Robert the Bruce and the Community of the Realm of Scotland"
(to clear up and Braveheart errors)
RR Davies "Conquest, Coexistence and Change: Wales 1064-1415"
Additionally, there are a number of works which come to mind that anyone
interested in Western Europe prior to the Reformation should read, but
I'll save those for another day.
Let me know what you think.
> Here's my latest attempt at a "beginner's reading list."
>Barry Cunliffe, _The Ancient Celts_
>Anne Ross, _Pagan Celtic Britain_
>Miranda Green, _Celtic Myths_
>K. H. Jackson, _A Celtic Miscellany_
>T. Kinsella, _The T/ain_
>A. Carmichael, _Carmina Gadelica_
>M. Green, _Exploring the World of the Druids_
>M.-L Sjoestedt, _Gods and Heroes of the Celts_
>Lady Gregory, _Gods and Fighting Men_
>William Wilde, _Irish Popular Superstitions_
>Megaw & Megaw, _Celtic Art from Its Beginnings to the Book of Kells_
>My second level would be:
>Koch & Carey, _Celtic Heroic Age_
>Rees & Rees, _Celtic Heritage_
>Green, _Gods of the Celts_
>Green, _Celtic Goddesses_
>Green, ed., _Celtic World_
>Lincoln, _Death, War, and Sacrifice_
>Winn, _Heaven, Heroes, and Happiness_
>H. R. Davidson, _Myths and Symbols in Pagan Europe: Early Scandinavian
>and Celtic Religions_
>Brenneman & Brenneman, _Crossing the Circle at the Holy Wells of
>M. Green, _Symbol and Image in Celtic Religious Art_
>And if one has an extra $85 (right!) or access to a good library, _The
>Celts_, edited by Moscati, is a beautiful book full of wonderful color
>plates and terrific articles by the foremost archaeologists in Europe.
>Also try to find P. MacCana, _Celtic Mythology_ which is oop.
> Francine Nicholson
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