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biography about Mythic Britain

biography about Mythic Britain

Postby Bödvarr Bjarki » Tue Aug 30, 2016 12:41 pm

Hello Lawrence Whitaker !

I have again questions to ask you.

I would like to ask you, do you agree to give me the references of the historical books that you have used to write the background of Mythic Britain ?

I would like also to ask you do you agree to give me in general (not only for Mythic Brtain) good historical books about the Celts and their civilization ? Because in french and written by french historians I have mostly found book about the gaulish Celts. I would like to find books about the Celts of Britain and Ireland. Most exactly I search good historial books which describe the civization and the daily life of the Celts of Britain and Ireland (about food, clothing, society, entertainment, religious practices and so on).

Also, if you know historical books of civilization and daily life about the Picts, I take it too ! lol. I love the Picts.

You can give references of historical books in english. I can read english books and it is hard to find historical books in french about it.

Thank you very much !
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Re: biography about Mythic Britain

Postby Thalaba » Tue Aug 30, 2016 9:36 pm

I'm not Lawrence but have purchased quite a few books on the subject over the years.

There is a good bibliography of works on the very last page (360) of Mythic Britain.

To these I could add a few suggestions of my own:

A.D. 500 by Simon Young is an imaginative travelogue through Britain in the year 500 from the point of view of a Byzantine courier.

There are many books on Dark Ages Britain, including:
Arthur's Britain by Leslie Alcock
Age of Arthur by John Morris - somewhat old now, but was the magisterial work for a long time
The Celts by Nora Chadwick

The list goes on - in fact, you'll find many more on this list of books about the Dark Ages, with ratings:
http://www.goodreads.com/list/show/1762 ... y#11733490

For the Picts, Tim Clarkson's excellent book The Picts: A History tells you pretty much all that's known about their history in a clear and concise way. You can supplement this with The Strongholds of the Picts from Osprey publishing.
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Re: biography about Mythic Britain

Postby SDLeary » Wed Aug 31, 2016 12:27 am

Thalaba wrote:I'm not Lawrence but have purchased quite a few books on the subject over the years.

There is a good bibliography of works on the very last page (360) of Mythic Britain.

To these I could add a few suggestions of my own:

A.D. 500 by Simon Young is an imaginative travelogue through Britain in the year 500 from the point of view of a Byzantine courier.

There are many books on Dark Ages Britain, including:
Arthur's Britain by Leslie Alcock
Age of Arthur by John Morris - somewhat old now, but was the magisterial work for a long time
The Celts by Nora Chadwick


Morris work is somewhat looked down upon now IIRC. But his theories are fun, and I still have him on my shelf.

Something old... Arthur: Roman Britain's Last Champion by Beram Saklatvala, from the Roman perspective rather than Celtic, but you have to remember that Lloegyr/Logres corresponds roughly to the heavily romanized area of the island. I would use this to make it somewhat different.

For the Celtic, I would recommend The Celts by Miranda Greene. A large overview of Celts, not just British Celts. Also almost anything by Cunliffe if you would like a larger than normal dose Archaeology with your "history".

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Re: biography about Mythic Britain

Postby Bödvarr Bjarki » Wed Aug 31, 2016 8:20 am

Thank you very much Thalaba and SDLeary for your repplies !

I have seen your link Thalaba and I have ordered several books.

I give you the list of books that I have ordered. Can you say me if you think if it good historical books or not ?

my list :

- Daily Life of the Pagan Celts - Joan Alcock
- Everyday Life of the Pagan Celts - Anne Ross
- L'Univers des Celtes - Barry Cunliffe
- Celtic Daily Life - Victor Walkley
- The Age of the Picts - W.A. Cummins
- Britain and the Celtic Iron Age - Rigby, Valery, James, Simon
- Les Celtes - Barry Cunliffe
- The Picts - Benjamin Hudson Wiley-Blackwell
- The Pict A History - Tim Clarkson
- Arthur's Britain - Leslie Alcock
- The Quest for Arthur's Britain
- The Age of Arthur : A History of the British Isles : John Morris
- The Celts - Nora Chadwick
- Celtic Britain - Nora Kershaw Chadwick
- Pagan Britain - Ronald Hutton
- A History of Ancient Britain - Oliver Neil
- The Britons - Christopher A. Snyder
- Exploring the World of King Arthur - Christopher A. Snyder
- Early Peoples of Britain and Ireland, An Encyclopedia - Christopher A. Snyder
- An Age of Tyrants - Christopher A. Snyder
- Iron Age Communities in Britain - Barry Cunliffe
- The Ancient Celts - Barry Cunliffe
- The Celts - Barry Cunliffe
- The Druids - Nora Kershaw Chadwick
- The Element Encyclopedia of the celts - Rodney Castleden
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Re: biography about Mythic Britain

Postby loz » Wed Aug 31, 2016 8:55 am

Barry Cunliffe's works are pretty good, solid sources.

Rodney Castleden's Elements Encyclopedia is an encyclopedia more than a narrative book, and is arranged into various sections dealing with people, faith, and so on - so it's something you dip into to check various sources you might find elsewhere.
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Re: biography about Mythic Britain

Postby Bödvarr Bjarki » Wed Aug 31, 2016 11:28 am

ah oki.

Thank you very much Lawrence !

To be honest with you, I know very few things about the Celts and especially about the books and the works in english.

Thank you for your point of view.

I am not sure, but I have understood that Barry Cunliffe and Nora Chadwick are good historians about the Celts.

I don't know if you read in french, but don't read Jean Markale, he is not a historian and that he writes is fanciful, not serious.

There are some good historians about the Celts in french but mostly specialists about the Gallics not the Insular Celts (I means about the Great Britain and Ireland).
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Re: biography about Mythic Britain

Postby Bödvarr Bjarki » Wed Jan 18, 2017 4:47 pm

Hi everybody !

I have a question. What do you think about Peter Ellis Berresford ? He is serious, he is a good historian about the Celts or not ? I have seen that he is also a writer and he writes several novels, but I don't know as historian if he writes good works or not.
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