Academic books that focus on the history and archaeology relevant to modern Druidry.

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Stonehenge: Celebration and Subversion - Andy Worthington

This innovative social history looks in detail at how the summer solstice celebrations at Stonehenge have brought together different aspects of British counter-culture to make the monument a 'living temple' and an icon of alternative Britain. The history of the celebrants and counter-cultural leaders is interwoven with the viewpoints of the land-owners, custodians and archaeologists who have generally attempted to impose order on the shifting patterns of these modern-day mythologies.

This wonderful book takes you on a journey through the recent life of Stonehenge - filled with photographs that really bring its Spirit to life, not of a monument to be looked at as one might look at a scientific item, but as a living entity in its own right that continues to inspire generations. Highly recommended!


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The Book of English Magic - Philip Carr-Gomm and Richard Heygate

'Once in a blue moon a book comes out that you get a feeling is going to be a classic. Within minutes of receiving an advance copy, the Treadwells staff all got that prickly feeling on the back of the neck. . .

How did the one small island of Britain, and the country of England in particular, become so steeped in magical practices across the centuries, and why has it given birth to the finest magical stories ever written? English authors such as J.R.R.Tolkien, C.S. Lewis, Terry Pratchett, and J.K.Rowling dominate the world of magic in fiction, but from the earliest times England has also acted as home to generations of eccentrics and scholars who have researched and explored every conceivable occult art, and now more people practice magic in England than at any time in her history.

The Book of English Magic, authored by Philip Carr-Gomm & Druid grade member Sir Richard Heygate, surveys Englands magical past from the moment the first humans inhabited her shores to our present-day fascination with all things magical. Historical explorations, biographies of leading figures, guides to magical fiction and practical exercises are combined with interviews with modern-day magicians which reveal the extent to which magic is alive and well in England in the 21st century. In this beautifully produced illustrated volume the authors trace the story of magic as it developed through the worlds of the Druid and Anglo-Saxon sorcerer, the Alchemist and Witch, the Cunning Folk and the High Magician. In this journey through time, a world that is complex and fascinating reveals itself . . .

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The Mount Haemus Lectures Volume 1

309 page volume of outstanding contemporary research in Druidism.
Contents:
Introduction Philip Carr-Gomm
Origins of Modern Druidry - Professor Ronald Hutton
Druidry: Exported Possibilities and Manifestations - Gordon Cooper
Phallic Religion in the Druid Revival - John Michael Greer
Question, Answer and the Transmission of Wisdom in Celtic and Druidic Tradition - Caitlin Matthews
Universal Majesty, Verity and Love Infinite - Dr Adam Stout
Working with Animals - Professor Roland Rotherham
I Would know my Shadow and my Light - Philip Carr-Gomm
Entering Faerie: Elves, Ancestors and Imagination - James Warren Maertens Ph.D

From a reader: I have now read half the lectures in this book and I have to say, their relevance to the Bardic grade is astounding - one coincidence falls over the next one! I recommend this book to anyone who is studying this course - it truly opens the mind further to the ideas in the Gwers and fuels a deeper understanding - especially when you are studying the elements and the male/female principles! This book is a magical world of ideas, passion and inspiration - a cauldron of a book! Magma.


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