Recommended books for general reading about Celtic Myth and Literature


Barry Cunliffe, The Celts: A Very Short Introduction. Oxford University Press (2003)

James MacKillop, Myths and Legends of the Celts. Penguin (2005)

James MacKillop: A Dictionary of Celtic Mythology.Oxford University Press (2016)

John T Koch & John Carey, The Celtic Heroic Age: Literary Sources for Ancient Celtic Europe & Early Ireland & Wales.Celtic Studies Publications (2003)

The Mary Jones website (Celtic Literature Collective) has pulled together what is probably the largest collection of freely available (usually rather old and often archaic) English translations of many of the Irish and Welsh texts: http://www.maryjones.us/ctexts/


Mark Williams, Ireland’s Immortals. Princeton University Press (2016)

Muireann Ní Bhrolcháin, An Introduction to Early Irish Literature. Four Courts Press (2009)


Michael Newton, Warriors of the Word. Birlinn (2009/2019)


Sioned Davies, The Mabinogion. Oxford University Press (2007). Independent scholar Will Parker has quite a fine online resource on The Mabinogion at http://www.mabinogion.info.

A.O.H. Jarman & Gwilym Rees Hughes (eds), A Guide to Welsh Literature volume 1. University of Wales Press (1976)


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