There are lots of excellent books i havent listed, and lots i dont know about. General note about whats included these are not exhaustive bibliographies, by any means. Recommended reading lists celtic studies resources. They had strongholds in ireland, scotland, wales, the isle of man, brittany, and gaul.
They must, i think, soon have merged and been lost in the prevailing numbers of. In the same year that higgins published his defence of mohammed, he also produced his first major study, the celtic druids. The faiths, facts and frauds of religious history emma hardinge. Written down in medieval wales and ireland, the legends derive from oral poetry composed many centuries earlier.
Godfrey higgins was an english magistrate and landowner, a prominent advocate for social. The nature and influence of celtic myth, from druidism to arthurian legend by ward rutherford online at alibris. Ive listed standard books that are relatively easy to find and generally respected by celticists, linguists, folklorists and medievalists. The druids according to higgins were the priests of a primordial religion, the chief features of which were sun and phallus. The scientific study of ancient celtic religion is a thing of recent growth. In parallel with the findings of archaeological research, the testimony of classical writers and the earliest recorded versions of the pagan oral traditions of wales and ireland provide us with a complete record of celtic lore. He was the guardian of forests and the patron of agriculture and is often shown with the goddess nanotsuelta. We have new and used copies available, in 1 editions. As a result of the paucity of materials for such a study, earlier writers indulged in the wildest speculative flights and connected the religion with the distant east, or saw in it the remains of a monotheistic faith or a series of esoteric doctrines veiled under polytheistic cults. They memorized the entire knowledge of the celts and passed it on orally, forbidding written transmission. Higgins prefaced the 1829 second edition stating that he was preparing a.
This argued that the druids were the priests of a black empire which once ruled egypt and asia. The celtic druids hardcover december 1, 1977 by godfrey higgins author visit amazons godfrey higgins page. Celtic druids by godfrey higgins, 9781564593467, available at book depository with free delivery worldwide. He is now known best for his writings concerning ancient myths, especially his book anacalypsis, published posthumously, in which he asserts a commonality among various religious myths, which he traces back to the supposed lost religion of atlantis. Publication date 1827 topics druids and druidism, alphabet. Up to 20 books are listed, in descending order of popularity. Godfrey higgins was an english magistrate and landowner, a prominent advocate for social reform, historian, and antiquarian. The celtic cross, studies in irish culture and literature. Books about mythology, celtic what should i read next. Jun 30, 2007 the celtic druids by godfrey higgins, 9781602066700, available at book depository with free delivery worldwide. Priestess of the forest a druid journey, the druid isle, and priestess of the fire temple a druid s tale. The celts magazine web edition may 1994 publications. Myths and legends of the celtic race project gutenberg. Lectures must remain as a source of inspiration to all celtic students.
Higgins was the son of godfrey higgins of skellow grange, near doncaster. The ancient and archaological order of druids was merged in 1966 with the. A new edition of tolands history of the druids electric scotland. The celtic myths is accessible for readers new to celtic mythology, but satisfyingly detailed in its analysis of contexts, cultures and archaeology for those well versed in the stories. Oct 7, 2019 three druidic teaching tales based in second to fifth century ireland and scotland. Celtic religion the ancient celts the celts originated, as far as is known, in the eighth century bc in eastern europe probably hungary and czechoslovakia from where they migrated across europe and were known as galates by the greeks and gauls by the romans.
Anacalypsis godfrey higgins 1833 volume i 867 pages volume ii 525 pages volume i book i chapter i age of the worldfloodplanets and days of the weeks the moon page 27 in the most early history of mankind i find all nations endeavouring to indulge a contemptible vanity, by tracing their origin to the most remote periods. Jun 01, 2007 buy the celtic druids by higgins, godfrey isbn. First off, dont read any books before 1960, unless you are interested in antiquarianism p. They all combine in teaching the fall of man, or his deriva tion from. Donoghue despite all the books that have been written on the celts there is still new material to learn about these mysterious people who lived in europe 2,000 years ago. The celtic druids 1829 by godfrey higgins and a great selection of related books, art and collectibles available now at. Anacalypsis an attempt to draw aside the veil of the saitic isis. British archaeologist and author sir godfrey higgins 17721833 was rumored to be a freemason and was even allegedly a chosen chief of the order of.
Both dupuis and godfrey higgins allude to the symbolical. Druids conjure up visions of the prominent use of celtic languages. This dictionary contains entries on every aspect of celtic myth, religion and folklore in britain and europe between 500 bc and ad 400. The celtic druids godfrey higgins snippet view 1827. Dottin, and the valuable little book on celtic religion, by professor anwyl, have broken fresh ground. Everyday low prices and free delivery on eligible orders. The wellknown character of morgan le fay, arthurs halfsister and usual antagonist, is suggested to be based on an irish war goddess nitze, 81. By this time, the celtic people had migrated into parts of central turkey, italy, spain, portugal, and france. The critics of 1877 have said that the prototype of isis was the anacalypsis of godfrey higgins,12 but while the magnum opus of that erudite yet neglected author never reached its complete second edition, and mr. Or, an attempt to show, that the druids were the priests of oriental colonies who emigrated from india. Celts bibliography the publics library and digital archive. Continuity of settlement in wales in the central middle ages. References other than geographical are occasionally met with even in early writers. The encyclopedia of celtic mythology and folklore patricia monaghan.1248 85 535 1077 304 143 171 1421 1399 1001 349 740 6 207 505 342 683 107 510 129 680 746 798 1358 1418 348 876 583 1249 475 177 121 345 18