Edited and selected by John Matthews, The Bardic Source Book: Inspirational Legacy and the Teachings of the Ancient Celts (London: Blandford, 1998), black and white illustrations, royal octavo, 24 x 17 cm, 384 pages. Foreword by Robin Williamson; Introduction: The Story of the Bards; Part One: The First Singers; Part Two: The Carpenters of Song; Part Three: The Constant Tradition; Further Reading; Index. Hard cover, red cloth, gilt lettering on spine, illustrated dust jacket in three colours. Weight: 0.71 kg. Condition: Fine. Item #863
This book on the Bards, when published the only large-scale source book on the Bardic mysteries, opens with a focus on the Bardic histories of Ireland, Scotland and Wales, and the Bardic Schools. It contains a generous selection of newly translated texts by Taliesin (poems and the Manbinogi), Myrddin (Merlin and the Merlinian poems) and Aneurin (writer of the Gododdin poems). Additionally, it has many forgotten gems, as well as some of the best historical and latter-day commentaries and writings in the Bardic tradition. The Bards of the ancient Celtic world were visionaries, with great insight into the power of words, perceptive about other-worldly phenomena, and capable of opening doors to spiritual realms. As well as presenting familiar and much-loved material, The Bardic Source Book has many other poems, excerpts and essays, dealing with kings and heroes, wild adventurers, witty satirists, and powerful enchanters. These expert discussions and original material reveal the wonder and brilliance of the Bards' precious legacy.
John Matthews lectures world-wide, and is the author of more than 90 books on Celtic, Arthurian and related topics, including The Druid Source Book, The Grail: Quest for Eternal Life and The Encyclopaedia of Celtic Wisdom. He lives with his wife, the writer Caitlin Matthews, in Oxford, England.