Pamela and Francince;
This is a great idea! Let's do this, would someone be willing to be a
compiler (I would, but right now I'm too erratic in my ability to
post/keep up with posts), we can perhaps field all suggestions, and then
compile something. I posted some of these in previous posts, but I'll
start over in this format:
Here's my suggestions:
>Overview (General books)
HR Loyn, "Anglo Saxon England and the Norman Conquest" (for a description
of events in Britain which effect the the folks in Ireland, Wales and
HR Loyn, "The Vikings in Britain" and maybe PH Sawyer's "The Age of the
Vikings" for this period.
Peter Hunter Blair, "Roman Britain and Early England, 55BC-871 AD"
For general medieval history/culture, "The Civilization of the Middle
Ages" by Norman Cantor (though there might be something better out
For general Roman History, Michael Grant, "The History of Rome"
Kenneth Jackson, "A Celtic Miscellany"
Frank O'Connor, "A Short History of Irish Literature" (not sure where
else to stick this).
Bardon's "History of Ulster" (covers whole history--maybe we need a few
Bede, "The Ecclesiastical History of the English People" (I like Bede,
because he gives us a history of the Irish missionaries in the North, as
well as discussing the development of the Welsh church and the relations
between the Saxons and the Welsh (especially Cadwaladr and Penda))
I'd still go with the classics:
Caesar "The Gallic War"
Tacitus, "The Agricolae"
Jeffrey Gantz, "Early Irish Myths and Sagas"
Daibhi O' Croinin, "Early Medieval Ireland, 400-1200"
AJ Otway-Ruthvin, "A History of Medieval Ireland"
James Carney, "Medieval irish Lyrics"
James Lydon, "The Lordship of ireland in the Middle Ages"
Gerald of Wales, "The Conquest of Ireland (Expugnation Hibernia)"
GWS Barrows, "Robert the Bruce and the Community of the Realm of
Anyone have any good Burns anthologies?
David Walker, "Medieval Wales"
Gerald of Wales, "The Itinerary through Wales/Description of Wales"
John Davies, "A History of Wales"
RR Davies, "Conquest, Coexistence and Change, Wales 1064-1415"
RR Davies, "The Revolt of Owain Glyn Dwr"
Wendy Davies, "Early Medieval Wales"
Patrick Ford, "The Mabinogion"
JP Clancy, "Medieval Welsh Lyrics"
JP Clancy, "The Earliest Welsh Poetry"
"The Oxford Book of Welsh verse in English"
AOH Jarman "Y Gododdin"
Glanmore Williams, "Recovery, Reorientation and Reformation, Wales
Lynn Nelson, "The Normans in South Wales, 1070-1171"
"The Lais of Marie de France"
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