Research

Even though my Guinevere books fall somewhere between history and legend, fantasy and historical fiction, I’m striving to make them as historically accurate as possible, so I’ve done a lot of research. Here is a sampling of the works that have most influenced my writing:

Books

Alcock, Joan. Daily Life of the Pagan Celts

     —–. Food in Roman Britain

Alcock, Leslie. Arthur’s Britain

     —–. Kings and Warriors, Craftsmen and Priests in Northern Britain 550-850

Ashe, Geoffrey. King Arthur’s Avalon: The Story of Glastonbury

     —–. The Quest for Arthur’s Britain 

     —–. The Traveller’s Guide To Arthurian Britain

     —–. The Virgin: Mary’s Cult and the Re-emergence of the Goddess

Barber, Richard. King Arthur: Hero and Legend

Bennett, Matthew and Jim Bradbury et al. Fighting Techniques of the Medieval World

Birley, Anthony. Life in Roman Britain

Brimacombe, Peter. Knights of the Round Table

Campbell, James (ed.). The Anglo Saxons

Castleden, Rodney. King Arthur: The Truth Behind the Legend

Clarkson, Tim. The Men of the North: The Britons of Southern Scotland

—–. The Picts: A History

Coghlan, Ronan. The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Arthurian Legend

Coppens, Philip. The Land of the Gods

Cunliffe, Barry. Roman Bath Discovered

Day, David. The Search for King Arthur

Duffy, Kevin. Who Were The Celts?

Ellis, Peter Berresford. The Druids

Ferre, Robert. The Labyrinth Revival

Frazer, James. The Golden Bough

Gidlow, Christoper. The Reign of Arthur

Gifford, Clive. Food and Cooking in Ancient Rome

Ginnell, Laurence. The Behon Laws: A Legal Handbook

Goodrich, Norma Lorre. Guinevere

     —–. King Arthur

     —–. Merlin

     —–. The Holy Grail

Graves, Robert. The White Goddess

Harbison, Peter. Pre-Christian Ireland

Hopkins, Andrea. The Book of Guinevere

Hopman, Ellen Evert. A Druid’s Herbal

Kerrigan, Michael. The History of Death

Kondratiev, Alexei. The Apple Branch

Konstram, Angus. British Forts in the Age of Arthur

     —–. Strongholds of the Picts

Korrel, Peter. An Arthurian Triangle: A Study of the Development and Characterization of Arthur, Guinevere and Mordred

Koch, Peter T. The Gododdin of Aneirin: Text and Context from Dark-Age North Britain

Laing, Lloyd. The Archaeology of Celtic Britain and Ireland: C.AD 400 – 1200

     —–. Celtic Britain

Laing, Lloyd and Jenny. Celtic Britain and Ireland

     —–. The Picts and the Scots

Letourneau, Charles. The Evolution of Marriage and of the Family.

Leventon, Melissa (ed.). What People Wore When

MacBain, Alexander. Celtic Burial Rites

MacCullum, Jack E. Military Medicine: From Ancient Times to the 21st Century

Mann, Nicholas R. The Isle of Avalon

Markale, Jean. Women of the Celts

Matthews, Caitlin. King Arthur and the Goddess of the Land

Matthews, Caitlin and John. Encyclopedia of Celtic Wisdom

—–.  Ladies of the Lake

Matthews, John. King Arthur and the Grail Quest: Myth and Vision from Celtic Times to the Present

—–. King Arthur: Dark Age Warrior and Mythic Hero

—–. Secrets of the Druids

Matthews, John and Bob Stewart. Warriors of Arthur

McCoy, Edian. Celtic Women’s Spirituality

Morris, John. The Age of Arthur: A History of the British Isles from 350 to 650

National Geographic Encyclopedia of the Middle Ages

Nicolle, David. Arthur and the Anglo Saxon Wars

Norris, Herbert. Church Vestments

Nossov, Konstantin. Ancient and Medieval Siege Weapons: A Fully Illustrated Guide to Siege Weapons and Tactics

Paine, Angela. The Healing Power of Celtic Plants

Phillips, Graham and Martin Keatman. King Arthur: The True Story

Poste, Beale. Britannia antiquea, Or Ancient Britain brought within the limits of authentic history

Proceedings of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland, Volume 18, p 286-291

Ralls-Macleod, Karen and Ian Robertson. The Quest for the Celtic Key

Reno, Frank. Historic Figures of the Arthurian Era: Authenticating the Enemies and Allies of Britains Post-Roman King

Snyder, Christopher. The Britons

Thompson, Jack George. Women in Celtic Law and Culture

Tichelaaer, Tyler R. King Arthur’s Children: A Study in Fiction and Literature

Wagner, Paul. Pictish Warrior AD 297 – 841

Walkley, Victor. Celtic Daily Life

Warren, F. E. Liturgy and Ritual of the Celtic Church

Expert Interviews

  • Geoffrey Ashe, noted historian, author and Arthurian expert.
  • Jamie George, Glastonbury/Avalon expert; founder of Gothic Image Tours; helped Marion Zimmer Bradley research The Mists of Avalon.
  • Jonathan Jarrett, Retained Lecturer in History, Oxford, Queen’s College.

In Person Research

  • England – June 1999 (Lincolnshire, Yorkshire, the Lake District, London, Somerset, Sussex and Kent). Thank you to Ben Moore for being one of the facilitators of that trip.
  • England- June 2013 (Somerset, Devon and Cornwall). Thanks to Jamie George for leading the tour.

Television

The History Channel and The History International Channel

  • The Quest for King Arthur
  • Rome: The Rise & Fall of and Empire
  • Rome: Engineering an Empire
  • The Warrior Queen Boudicca
  • Lost Worlds “The Pagans”

Welsh Public Television

  • The Celts: The Complete Epic Saga – “The Sacred Groves” and “From Camelot to Christ”

PBS

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