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The Bardic Source Book: Inspirational Legacy and Teachings of the Ancient Celts
The bards of the ancient Celtic world were visionaries and shamans, wise to the power of words, perceptive about otherworldly phenomena, and capable of opening doors to spiritual realms. Celebrate their legacy with this outstanding collection. These poems, stories and speeches come from throughout Britain: some, like the Merlinian Poems, focus on familiar and much-loved ma ...more
Paperback, 384 pages
Published June 1st 1999 by Blandford
(first published 1998)
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I had a bad feeling about this book, just like with its companion volume. In a field and involving an era of which little is known, this book claims to be the source book of all things druidic. The writing, too, might seem authoritative, but not academic enough to be the product of a trained professional. So I followed my instincts. He does indeed have articles from leading scholars in the field in this and the companion edition - Daniel Corkery, Idrison, Osborn Bergin, Charlotte Guest, and Iolo ...more
John Matthews is an historian, folklorist and author. He has been a full time writer since 1980 and has produced over ninety books on the Arthurian Legends and Grail Studies, as well as short stories and a volume of poetry. He has devoted much of the past thirty years to the study of Arthurian Traditions and myth in general. His best known and most widely read works are ‘Pirates’ (Carlton/Atheneum ...moreMore about John Matthews...