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This page lists reference works dealing with post-Roman Britain and its various ethnic & religious groups, available from, including the Celts, Picts, Scots, and Germanic tribes. Audio cassette books, CDs and videos are included when available.

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Adomnan of Iona: The Life of St. Columba, Adomnan, translated by Richard Sharpe

An Introduction to Celtic Christianity, James MacKey

Ancient and Postmodern Christianity: Paleo-Orthodoxy in the 21st Century, eds. Oden, Hall, Tanner

The Arthurian Quest: Living the Legends of Camelot, Amber Wolfe

Butler's Lives of the Saints, complete edition (paperback), eds. Herbert Thurston & Donald Attwater. Also available in hardcover 4-volume set and on CD-ROM. Many Celtic saints of the "Arthurian era" are contained in this work. Specific saints noted below where known.

Castle of the Holy Grail -- VHS tape

The Celtic Book of Days: A Daily Guide to Celtic Spirituality and Wisdom, Caitlin Matthews

Celtic Christianity: A Sacred Tradition, a Vision of Hope, Timothy J. Joyce. Writes the author, "It seems that my historical and theological treatment of the Celtic Church, particularly the time after the Refortmation, has been an eye-opener for many. Catholics, Irish in particular, find it a source of healing and freedom. Others obtain a new understanding of their Catholic neighbors. All find something in a fresh, often surprising, view of Christian Spirituality for today."

Celtic Christianity, A.M. Allchin -- audio (cassette) book. Out of print, but perhaps someone has a used copy for sale. Also available from

Celtic Christianity: Ecology and Holiness, Christopher Bamford

Celtic Christianity: Making Myths and Chasing Dreams, Ian Bradley

Celtic Christianity Yesterday, Today and for the Future: Gleaning Wisdom from the Primitive Protestants, Paul Arblaster

Celtic Devotional: Daily Prayers and Blessings, Caitlin Matthews

Celtic Myth and Arthurian Romance, Roger Sherman Loomis

The Celtic Way of Evangelism: How Christianity Can Reach the West . . . Again, George G. Hunter III

The Celtic Way of Prayer, Esther de Waal

The Celtic Year: A Month-by-Month Celebration of Celtic Christian Saints, Festivals and Sites, Shirley Toulson; out of print, but perhaps someone has a used copy for sale.

Christ in Celtic ChristianityBritain and Ireland from the 5th to the 10th Century, Michael Herren and Shirley Ann Brown

Early Celtic Christianity, Brendan Lehane; out of print, but perhaps someone has a used copy for sale.

Elements of Celtic Christianity, The, Anthony Duncan

Elements of the Celtic Tradition, The, Caitlin Matthews

Elements of the Grail Tradition, The, John Matthews

Fingal's Cave, the Poems of Ossian, and Celtic Christianity, Paul & Joan Allen

Fisher King, The, Anthony Powell. Out of print, but perhaps someone has a used copy for sale.

The Fisher King and the Handless Maiden: Understanding the Wounded Feeling Function in Masculine and Feminine Psychology, Robert A. Johnson; heavy on Jungian interpretation.

Grail: From Celtic Myth to Christian Symbol, Roger Sherman Loomis

Grail: Quest For the Eternal, John Matthews

Grail Legend, The, the classic work by Emma Jung & Marie-Louise von Franz

Grail Quest - Arthurian Collection, Medwyn Goodall (music CD)

Healing the Wounded King: Soul Work and the Quest for the Grail, John Matthews & David Spangler

The Hidden Grail: Sir Percival and the Fisher King, an audio cassette discussion of the Perceval story. Also available on CD.

Holy Blood, Holy Grail, Michael Baigent, Henry Lincoln, and Richard Leigh

Holy Grail, various artists (music CD)

Holy Grail Stonehenge -- VHS video

The Holy Grail, Norma Lorre Goodrich

The Holy Grail and the Eucharist (Library of Russian Philosophy), Sergei Bulgakov

In Search of the Holy Grail and the Precious Blood, Ean & Deike Begg

King Arthur and the Grail Quest: Myth and Vision from Celtic Times to the Present, John Matthews

Ladies of the Lake, John & Caitlin Matthews, Marion Zimmer Bradley

The Little Book of Arthurian Wisdom, John Matthews

The Little Book of Celtic Blessings, Caitlin Matthews

Local Saints and Local Churches in the Early Medieval West, eds. Alan Thacker and Richard Sharpe

The Mystery of the Grail: Initiation and Magic in the Quest for the Spirit, Evola's study of the Grail tradition translated by Guido Stucco.

Mystic Grail, John Matthews

Quest for the Holy Grail, Richard Rohr -- audio (cassette) book in 8 volumes

The Quest of the Holy Grail, P.M. Matarasso

The Quest of Three Abbots: The Golden Age of Celtic Christianity,

St. George and the Dragon and the Quest for the Holy Grail, Edward M. Hays -- the Grail quest told in the form of parables; well-received by Amazon customers

Saint Patrick: Irish Legend, VHS. Although the SFX department had a field-day with this tale, and the screenwriter played a bit fast-and-loose with some aspects of the legend, this movie offers excellent insight into Patrick's life and how early Christianity functioned. Also available on DVD.

Saint Patrick's World, Liam De Paor

Search for the Grail, The, Graham Phillips. Out of print, but perhaps someone has a used copy for sale.

Sources of the Grail, John Matthews. Also available in hardcover.

Symbolism of the Celtic Cross, Derek Bryce. An Amazon reader writes, "The pace of the book is fast, it lays out the history of the Celtic cross, pagan to modern, in a very concise fashion, and describes and displays examples along the way that greatly enhance the text."

T.S. Eliot and Hermeneutics: Absence and Interpretation in the Waste Land, Harriet Davidson, a discussion of Eliot's poem.

T.S. Eliot's the Waste Land (Critical Studies of Key Texts), Gareth Reeves. Out of print, but perhaps someone has a used copy for sale. Also available in hardcover.

T.S. Eliot's the Waste Land (Modern Critical Interpretations), essays about "The Waste Land" by a variety of authors.

Various paper and audio editions of T.S. Eliot's The Waste Land:

The Voice of the Eagle: The Heart of Celtic Christianity, John Scotus Eriugena, ed. Christopher Bamford

The Waste Land: A Facsimile and Transcript of the Original Drafts Including the Annotations of Ezra Pound, ed. Valerie Eliot, an excellent reference for scholars.

The Waste Land: A Poem of Memory and Desire (Twayne's Masterwork Studies, 13), Nancy Gish's commentary

The Waste Land As Grail Romance: Eliot's Use of the Medieval Grail Legends (Graduate Studies, 6), Everett A. Gillis, discussion of T.S. Eliot's classic Arthurian poem

The Winter Solstice: The Sacred Traditions of Christmas, John & Caitlin Matthews, a discussion of the Celtic influences on Christmas traditions.

The Wisdom of St. Patrick, Greg Tobin. "The thoughts comprising this volume reveal a powerful, charismatic leader and visionary whose insights are as relevant today as they were more than a millennium ago." (excerpted from the History Book Club review)

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