Recommended reading

(the tip of the iceberg, of course!)


Barber, Elizabeth Wayland. Women's Work: the First 20,000 Years. New York, New York: W. W. Norton & Company, Inc., 1994.

Barber, E. W. J.: Prehistoric Textiles. Princeton, New Jersey: Princeton University Press, 1991.

Cunliffe, Barry. Iron Age Communities in Britain. London: Routledge, 1991.

Dunbar, John Telfer. History of Highland Dress. Oliver & Boyd, Edinburgh and London, 1962. (Currently out of print)

Dunleavy, Mairead.  Dress in Ireland. New York, New York: Homes & Meier Publishers, Inc., 1989. (Currently out of print)

Foster, R. F., ed: The Oxford Illustrated History of Ireland.  New York, NY: Oxford University Press, 1989.

Gantz, Jeffrey. Early Irish Myths and Sagas. New York, New York: Penguin Books, 1981.

Harbison, Peter. Pre-Christian Ireland: From the First Settlers to the Early Celts. New York, New York: Thames and Hudson, 1988.

Henshall, Audrey S. "Early Textiles Found in Scotland: Part 1 -- Locally Made." In National Museum of Antiquities Publications. Early Textiles Found in Scotland. Reprinted from the Proceedings of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland, Vols. LXXXVI and LXXXVIII, Sessions 1951-56.

Hoffmann, Marta. The Warp-Weighted Loom. Oslo, Norway: Robin and Russ Handweavers, 1974.

Joyce, P.W. A Social History of Ancient Ireland, Vols. 1 and 2. New York, NY: Benjamin Blom, 1968. This source is, IMO, somewhat unreliable in reference to costuming details, except when he is directly quoting from the Tain Bo Culaigne or referencing archaeological finds. Abridged online version at: A (much) smaller Social History of Ancient Ireland

Kok, Annette: Appendix on Early Scottish Dyes, in Dunbar, J.: History of Highland Dress. Oliver & Boyd, Edinburgh and London, 1962. (Currently out of print)

Laing, Lloyd and Jenny. The Picts and the Scots.  Gloucestershire, England: Alan Sutton Publishing Ltd., 1993.

Liles, J.N.. The Art and Craft of Natural Dyeing: Traditional Recipes for Modern Use.  Knoxville, Tennessee: The University of Tennessee Press, 1990.

MacLean, Fitzroy. Highlanders: A History of the Scottish Clans.  New York, NY: Viking Studio Books, 1995.

Mahon, Bríd: Traditional Dyestuffs in Ireland, in Gailey, Alan and Daithi O hOgain, eds. Gold Under the Furze: Studies in Folk Tradition Presented to Caoimhin O Danachair. Dublin: Glendale Press, 1982. (Currently out of print)

McClintock, H. F. Old Highland Dress and Tartans. Dundalk, Ireland: Dundalgan Press (W. Tempest) Ltd., 1949. (Currently out of print)

McClintock, H. F. Old Irish Dress and that of the Isle of Man. Dundalk, Ireland: Dundalgan Press (W. Tempest) Ltd., 1950. (Currently out of print)

Celtic Studies:

Alexander Carmichael, Carmina Gaedelica (Currently out of print) -- there are several abridged versions
Cross & Slover, Ancient Irish Tales
H. R. Ellis Davidson, Myths and Symbols in Pagan Europe : Early Scandinavian and Celtic Religions
Patrick Ford, trans., The Mabinogi (other translations are OK, too)
Miranda Green, Celtic Myths
Miranda Green, World of the Druids
Any other books by Miranda Green are also highly recommended!
Kenneth Jackson, A Celtic Miscellany
Simon James, World of the Celts
Thomas Kinsella, trans., The Tain Bo Culaigne
Robert Kirk, The Secret Commonwealth (a classic text on Gaelic folklore written in 1690 or 1691) (Currently out of print) - online version at Robert Kirk - Walker Between Worlds or here
Erynn Laurie, A Circle of Stones
Anne Ross, Druids, Gods, and Heroes
Anne Ross, Pagan Celtic Britain
Alwyn & Brynley Rees, Celtic Heritage
Peter Beresford Ellis, The Druids

Also see the reading list at: Celtic Well Recommended Reading

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Clothing of the Ancient Celts - Copyright 1997, M. E. Riley