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« Topic Start: June 16, 2010, 10:17:54 pm »

Brighid made a sudden appearance in my life last week and has made it very clear that she will be in my life but that I also need to do my research! Eventually I want to join the Cill, but I want to start my research first. Luckily for me, being a poor uni student, I have access to a library which has a few books mentioned on the Brighid Resources topic. The thing is, I can only borrow a couple of books at a time, and am a complete beginning at Celtic studies. Here are a list of the books I have access to, and if anyone can tell me which ones would make a good starter or are just so good I have to read them soon, I would really appreciate it Smiley Any recommendations would be appreciated as well Smiley

Green, Miranda, Celtic Goddess: Warriors, Virgins and Mothers, British Museum Press, 1995.

Berger, Pamela, The Goddess Obscured:  Transformations of the Grain Protectress from Goddess to Saint, Beacon Press, 1985.

Clark, Rosalind, The Great Queens:  Irish Goddesses from the Morrígan to Cathleen ní Houlihan, Barnes and Noble Books, 1991

Condren, Mary, The Serpent and the Goddess:  Women, Religion, and Power in Celtic Ireland, HarperCollins Publishers, 1989.

Hutton, Ronald, The Pagan Religions of the Ancient British Isles:  Their Nature and Legacy, Blackwell Publishing, 1993.

Hutton, Ronald, Stations of the Sun:  A History of the Ritual Year in Britain, Oxford University Press, 1996.
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« Reply #1: June 16, 2010, 11:09:45 pm »

Green, Miranda, Celtic Goddess: Warriors, Virgins and Mothers, British Museum Press, 1995.

Berger, Pamela, The Goddess Obscured:  Transformations of the Grain Protectress from Goddess to Saint, Beacon Press, 1985.

Condren, Mary, The Serpent and the Goddess:  Women, Religion, and Power in Celtic Ireland, HarperCollins Publishers, 1989.

I'd start with Green's book, then the others listed above.  They all have decent sections on Brighid.

Clark's book does have some material on Her, but not all that much, IIRC.  Neither of Hutton's books includes a lot of Brighid material.  Stations of the Sun has a brief section on the traditions surrounding Imbolc.  The other Hutton book you listed does not discuss Brighid, other than generically and in passing, but it's a great book for an all-around understanding of ancient Celtic society and religion, so I'd definitely recommend it.

As far as other recommendations go, I try to list everything I come across in the Cill's resources thread.  If you want more info on specific books or websites, let me know.

If you can get your hands on Devoted to You, by Judy Harrow, definitely grab it.  The subtitle implies that it's just about Wicca, but the chapter on Brighid is NOT.  It was written by Alexei Kondratiev, a well-respected Celtic studies scholar, and it's jam-packed with good info.  And you'll see in the Cill resource list that there are a few books out specifically about Brighid.  You'll want to get into them when you can. 

Hope this helps.  Have fun!   Cheesy
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« Reply #2: June 21, 2010, 05:03:09 am »

I'd start with Green's book, then the others listed above.  They all have decent sections on Brighid.

Clark's book does have some material on Her, but not all that much, IIRC.  Neither of Hutton's books includes a lot of Brighid material.  Stations of the Sun has a brief section on the traditions surrounding Imbolc.  The other Hutton book you listed does not discuss Brighid, other than generically and in passing, but it's a great book for an all-around understanding of ancient Celtic society and religion, so I'd definitely recommend it.

As far as other recommendations go, I try to list everything I come across in the Cill's resources thread.  If you want more info on specific books or websites, let me know.

If you can get your hands on Devoted to You, by Judy Harrow, definitely grab it.  The subtitle implies that it's just about Wicca, but the chapter on Brighid is NOT.  It was written by Alexei Kondratiev, a well-respected Celtic studies scholar, and it's jam-packed with good info.  And you'll see in the Cill resource list that there are a few books out specifically about Brighid.  You'll want to get into them when you can. 

Hope this helps.  Have fun!   Cheesy

Thankyou very much! I got those three out from the library today and am really looking forward to reading them Smiley Also, Devoted to You is available online at a bookshop in my country which often has online sales. Hopefully I'll be able to pick it up in my price range then. Thanks so much for your help Smiley
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« Reply #3: June 22, 2010, 06:45:01 pm »

Thankyou very much! I got those three out from the library today and am really looking forward to reading them Smiley Also, Devoted to You is available online at a bookshop in my country which often has online sales. Hopefully I'll be able to pick it up in my price range then. Thanks so much for your help Smiley

You're very welcome.   Cheesy

If you need more recommendations, feel free to ask.  This is one of my favorite subjects.   Wink
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« Reply #4: June 28, 2010, 08:48:00 am »

I'd start with Green's book, then the others listed above.  They all have decent sections on Brighid.

Is that in print, or will I have to haunt Powell's to get it? My local public library's getting better with the pagan books, but they don't have any of the older stuff.

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If you can get your hands on Devoted to You, by Judy Harrow, definitely grab it.  The subtitle implies that it's just about Wicca, but the chapter on Brighid is NOT.  It was written by Alexei Kondratiev, a well-respected Celtic studies scholar, and it's jam-packed with good info.

Gods rest his soul. Is that book in print? I have a copy of Alexei's Apple Branch around here somewhere but I can't frickin' find it. It must still be in the boxes I haven't unpacked. Guess what I'm digging through tomorrow?

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« Reply #5: June 28, 2010, 11:40:44 am »

Is that in print, or will I have to haunt Powell's to get it? My local public library's getting better with the pagan books, but they don't have any of the older stuff.

Gods rest his soul. Is that book in print? I have a copy of Alexei's Apple Branch around here somewhere but I can't frickin' find it. It must still be in the boxes I haven't unpacked. Guess what I'm digging through tomorrow?

Karen

Try Amazon's used book sellers.  That's where I've gotten most of my Celtic library.
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