Tomb of the Eagles : Death and Life in a Stone Age Tribe
By John W. Hedges
Excavations in the Orkneys seem to be turning the archeological
world upside down. Just how advanced were these ancient
stone-builders? Hedges details discoveries of a clan whose
totem was the white-tailed eagle. Engagingly written. 5
Stone Circles : A Modern Builders Guide to the Megalithic Revival
By Robert L. Roy
Not strictly "on topic" but too fascinating
to pass up. Rob Roy not only lovingly describes some of
the world's most interesting stone circles, but teaches
you how to build them! Want a Stonehenge in your backyard?
Wonderful book. 5 stars. Highly recommended.
The Picts and the Scots
By Lloyd and Jenny Laing
History of the Scots arrival in Dalriada and eventual
merging with the Picts as they battle against Anglo-Saxons
and Danes. Fascinating historical account of the merging
of two peoples into the Scots Highlanders.
The Sacred World of the Celts: An Illustrated Guide to Celtic
Spirituality and Mythology
By Nigel Pennick
Filled with beautiful illustrations and photographs, this
book is a wonderful introduction to Celtic religion and
The Celts : Uncovering the Mythic and Historic Origins of
By Jean Markale
Frenchman Markale, an authority in this field, traces
the impact of Celtic mythology on Western history and
culture. He argues that Celtic influence is stronger than
credited in the modern world. 5 stars.
Celtic Myth and Legend: From Arthur and the Round Table to the Gaelic Gods and the Giants They Battled--The
Celebrated Comprehensive Treasury of Celtic Mythology, Legend, and Poetry
By Charles Squire
Comprehensive look at ancient Celtic religion, dieties and
myths, finding parallels with the Greeks. A classic work
of translation and interpretation.
Kindling the Celtic Spirit : Ancient Traditions to Illumine Your
Life Throughout the Seasons
By Mara Freeman
Follows the cycle of the pagan Celtic year, providing stories,
recipes, rituals and more for each festival. Very informative
and well-researched; a great way to bring Celtic religion
home. 5 stars.
Orkneyinga Saga : The History of the Earls of Orkney
Translated by Hermann Palsson
Grand Icelandic saga telling the story of the Viking lords
of the northern islands when they still owed allegiance
to Norway rather than Scotland.
The Oxford Companion to Scottish History
Essential companion for anyone interested in Scottish history.
It includes Columba, Macbeth, and William Wallace; Burns Clubs, curling,
and shinty; clans, Clearances and Covenanters.
Castles and Ancient Monuments of Scotland
by Damien Noonan
Filled with over 300 color photos, this wonderful guide
details ancient stone circles, barrows, ancient abbeys and
chapels, as well as every castle in Scotland.
Anam Cara : A Book of Celtic Wisdom
By John O'Donohue
Explores the Celtic worldview, incorporating the mystical
relationships between ourselves and our souls, ourselves
and others, ourselves and God. Perhaps the most highly recommended
book I've ever come across. 5 stars.
Listening for the Heartbeat of God : A Celtic Spirituality
By J. Philip Newell
Newell traces and explains Celtic Christianity from its
historical beginnings up to modern times. Readable and
engaging - an excellent introduction to the differences
between traditional Celtic and Roman spirituality. 5 stars.
Somerled : Hammer of the Norse
By Kathleen MacPhee
Somerled, the great Scottish chieftain, was half-Norse through
his mother. Forced into exile in Ireland, he grew up as
a warrior hermit, until leading his people against the Norse
to regain his family's lands and become Thane of Argyll.
His legacy was in fathering the Clan Donald, the creation
of the finest galleys ever seen in Scottish waters, and
the enduring power base of the Lordship of the Isles.
The Legacy of Rome - Scotland's Roman Remains
By Lawrence Keppie
As an outpost of empire, Scotland played a significant,
if unusual, role in the Roman world. The south and east
were occupied intermittently from AD 79 to the early third
century, while the north and west remained outside Roman
control. A detailed gazetteer introduces all the major Scottish
sites and includes photographs and detailed plans.