Reviews


This is a list of books I've reviewed here on the blog so far... The books are grouped by subject matter, in order of most recently reviewed to least recently (under each subheading). Where the subject matter of a book might significantly overlap with another subheading listed, I've listed it under both.


Cosmology

Understanding Celtic Religion: Revisiting the Pagan Past (2015) – Katja Ritari and Alexandra Bergholm
Studies in Irish Mythology (2014) – Grigory Bondarenko
Celtic Cosmology: Perspectives from Ireland and Scotland (2014) – Edited by Jacqueline Borsje, Ann Dooley, Séamus mac Mathúna, and Gregory Toner
Celtic Christianity and Nature: Early Irish and Hebridean Traditions (1996) – Mary Low
The sacred trees of Ireland (1963) – A. T. Lucas
Mythic Ireland (1992) – Michael Dames


Myth, Literature and Poetry

Archaeology and Celtic Myth: An Exploration (2014) – John Waddell
In Search of the Irish Dreamtime: Archaeology and Early Irish Literature (2016) – J.P. Mallory
Ireland's Immortals: A History of the Gods of Irish Myth (2016) – Mark Williams
Understanding Celtic Religion: Revisiting the Pagan Past (2015) – Katja Ritari and Alexandra Bergholm
The Celtic Evil Eye and Related Mythological Motifs in Medieval Ireland (2012) – Jacqueline Borsje
Studies in Irish Mythology (2014) – Grigory Bondarenko
A Golden Treasury of Irish Poetry A.D. 600 to 1200 (1967) – Edited and with translations by David Greene and Frank O'Connor
Studies in Early Celtic Nature Poetry (1935) – Kenneth Jackson
A Single Ray of the Sun: Religious Speculation in Early Ireland (1999) – John Carey
Celtic Curses (2009) – Bernard Mees
Celtic Christianity and Nature: Early Irish and Hebridean Traditions (1996) – Mary Low
The Celtic Heroic Age: Literary Sources for Ancient Celtic Europe and Early Ireland and Wales (1997) – John Koch (ed.) in collaboration with John Carey
The Waves of Manannán (1997) – Charles MacQuarrie
Mythic Ireland (1992) – Michael Dames
A Woman's Words: Emer and Female Speech in the Ulster Cycle (1997) – Joanne Findon
The Great Queens (1991) – Rosalind Clark


Irish Folklore

The Sheela-na-Gigs of Ireland and Britain (1996) – Joanne McMahon and Jack Roberts
The Otherworld: Music and Song from Irish Tradition (2013) – Ríonach ui Ógáin and Tom Sherlock (Eds.)
The Good People: New Fairylore Essays (1991) – Peter Narváez (Ed.)
Irish Customs and Beliefs (2000) – Kevin Danaher
Of Irish Ways (1973) – Mary Murray Delaney
Irish Folk Medicine (1981) – Patrick Logan
The Old Gods: The Facts about Irish Fairies (1981) – Patrick Logan
Where Three Streams Meet: Celtic Spirituality (2000) – Seán Ó Duinn
The Year in Ireland (1972) – Kevin Danaher
The Festival of Brigit: Celtic Goddess and Holy Woman (1995) – Séamas Ó Catháin
Irish Wake Amusements (1967) – Seán Ó Súilleabháin
Irish Folk Custom and Belief (1977) – Séan Ó Súilleabháin
Irish Folklore (2000) – Bríd Mahon
Irish Folk Ways (1957) – E Estyn Evans


Scottish Folklore

Myth and Magic: Scotland's Ancient Beliefs and Sacred Places (2000) – Joyce Miller
Folksongs And Folklore Of South Uist (1977) – Margaret Fay Shaw
The Silver Bough: Volume I-IV (1957-1963) – F. Marian McNeill
Our Highland Folklore Heritage (1926) – Alexander Polson
British Calendar Customs: Scotland Vol III - June to December, Christmas, the Yules (1941) – Mrs M MacLeod Banks
The Life and Legacy of Alexander Carmichael (2008) – Ed. by Domhnall Uilleam Stiùbhart
Scottish Fairy Belief (2007) – Lizanne Henderson and Edward J Cowan
Fantastical Imaginations: The Supernatural in Scottish History and Culture (2009) – Lizanne Henderson (Ed.)
Highland Heritage (1984) – Barbara Fairweather
Highland Smugglers, Second Sight and Superstitions (1980) – Francis Thompson
Seanchas Ìle/Islay's Folklore Project (2007) – Foreword by Donald Meek
The Secret Commonwealth and the Fairy Belief Complex (by Robert Kirk) (2002) – Brian Walsh
Folklore of Scottish Lochs and Springs (1893) – James M MacInlay
Scottish Witchcraft Lore (1932) – Alexander Polson
Scottish Customs and Scottish Festivals (2000) – Sheila Livingstone
The Scots Cellar (1957) – F. Marian McNeill
Hallowe'en: Its Origin Rites and Ceremonies in the Scottish Tradition (1970?) – F. Marian McNeill
Folk Lore Or Superstitious Beliefs in the West of Scotland Within This Century (1879) – James Napier
Scottish Folk-Lore and Folk-Life (1935) – Donald A MacKenzie


History and Archaeology

In Search of the Irish Dreamtime: Archaeology and Early Irish Literature (2016) – J.P. Mallory
The Origins of the Irish (2013) – J. P. Mallory
Constructing Gender in Medieval Ireland (2013) – Sarah Sheehan and Ann Dooley
Early Medieval Ireland 400-1200 (Longman History of Ireland Series) (1995) – Dáibhí Ó Cróinín
Cattle in Ancient Ireland (1989) – A. T. Lucas
Land of Women: tales of sex and gender from early Ireland (1996) – Lisa Bitel
Marriage in Ireland (1994) – Art Cosgrove (Ed.)
Surviving in Symbols: A Visit to the Pictish Nation (1999) – Martin Carver
Before Scotland (2005) – Alistair Moffat
Symbol and Image in Celtic Religious Art/The Gods of the Celts (1992) – Miranda Green
Saints and Sea-kings: The First Kingdom of the Scots (1999) – Ewan Campbell
Early Irish Farming (1997) – Fergus Kelly
Iron Age Britain (2004) – Barry Cunliffe
Animals in Celtic Life and Myth (1992) – Miranda Green
Scottish Place-Names (1976) – W.F.H. Nicolaisen
Celtic Placenames of Scotland (1926) – W.J. Watson
The British Celts and their Gods Under Rome (1986) – Graham Webster
The Celts: A history from earliest times to the present (2003) – Bernhard Maier
Sex and Marriage in Ancient Ireland (1976) – Patrick C Power


Language

Scots Gaelic: An Introduction to the Basics (2005) – George McLennan


Other

God Speaking (2013) – Judith O'Grady


Not Recommended

Singing with Blackbirds (2006) – Stuart A. Harris-Logan
The Apple Branch: A Path to Celtic Ritual (alternative title: Celtic Rituals: An Authentic Guide to Ancient Celtic Spirituality)* (1996) – Alexei Kondratiev
A World Full of Gods (2005) – John Michael Greer
Kindling the Celtic Spirit (2000) – Mara Freeman
Celtic Devotional: Daily Prayers and Blessings (1996) – Caitlín Matthews
Highland Heathenry: Ritual Formula for Gaelic Heathens – Ikindé Skréja Ominnsaer (withdrawn)
Celtic Flame: An Insider's Guide to Irish Pagan Tradition (2008) – Aedh Rua
Cauldron of the Gods: A Manual of Celtic Magick (2003) – Jan Fries
Witta: An Irish Pagan Tradition (1993) – Edain McCoy



* Note: Celtic Rituals is a "grey market" edition of this same book.

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