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Books & Recordings | Arthurian, Grail, Merlin & Taliesin Book Titles
 
    Arthur of Albion by John Matthews, art Pavel Tartanikoc       The Arthurian Tradition by John Matthews       The Camelot Oracle by John Matthews, art by Will Worthington       Chronicles of Arthur by John Matthews, art Mike Collins    
                         
   
Arthur of Albion by John Matthews, art Pavel Tartanikoc
     
The Arthurian Tradition by John Matthews
     
The Camelot Oracle by John Matthews, art by Will Worthington
     
Chronicles of Arthur by John Matthews, art Mike Collins
   
                         
   
John Matthew’s book of Arthurian stories for all ages is based both on the older Celtic world of the Dark Ages and the early medieval legends of Arthur The text is shimmeringly illustrated by renowned Russian artist Pavel Tartanikov whose luminous paintings of Arthur, Merlin and the seasonal landscapes of Britain reveal a new dimension to the Arthurian legends.
     
The myths and legends of King Arthur and his knights, of the enchanter Merlin, and of their quests and adventures, form one of the greatest cycles of stories ever composed. In this book the most important tales are explored in depth by one of the world's best known authorities on this subject. Also included are a series of meditational practices to help the reader find the way to the heart of the Arthurian mysteries.
     
Enter a mystical landscape peopled with archetypal characters and rich in myth and legend - the world of King Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table. The Arthurian myths deal with every aspect of human life, from the eternal struggle to overcome obstacles to the continuing search for fulfilment. By consulting the guidebook, cards and Map of the Lands Adventurous, you can reveal the answers and the guidance you seek.
     
This is a full-color action/adventure graphic novel. Many know the stories of Arthur's adventures as king, but what about the years before he learned of his fated role? John Matthews, a renowned Arthurian legend expert and bestselling kids' book author, takes on the thrilling adventures of Arthur's teen years in an origin story styled graphic novel that will appeal to fans of superhero comics.
   
                         
   
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    The Complete King Arthur by John & Caitlin Matthews       The Fourth Gwenevere by John James, completed by Caitlín & John Matthews       The Grail: Quest for the Eternal       The Grail Seeker’s Companion by John Matthews & Marian Green    
                         
   
The Complete King Arthur by John & Caitlin Matthews
     
The Fourth Gwenevere by John James, completed by Caitlín & John Matthews
     
The Grail: Quest for the Eternal
     
The Grail Seeker’s Companion by John Matthews & Marian Green
   
                         
   
Every era has its own King Arthur, applying his myth to its own current concerns. This book examines the historical and mythological unfolding of that cumulative history, following him from 6th century Britain, through to the medieval period, into the world of theatre, music, media and fantasy literature. Piecing together the many fragments that constitute the image of Arthur, both the man and the myth, we show how each face of Arthur always has something to offer and how his enduring popularity proves the power of the hero-myth.  
     
The Fourth Gwenevere is a problem: as the diplomatic cement between the British and the Anglo-Saxons after their rout at Badon, this beautiful Anglian enchantress, daughter of the Saxon war leader, finds herself offered as Arthur’s fourth queen. By their union, the land will be kept free of further incursions, because their child will be Gwledig or King of Britain as well as Bretwalda or Battle Leader of the Saxons. At least, this peace could have been maintained had Arthur not been assassinated, which is very awkward indeed.
     
This was John’s very first book, still in print since 1981. A colourful, wide ranging account of the Grail from many different cultures, John still stands by the theories outlines in the text. The many colour and black and white pictures alone make this a valuable book, as they are drawn from all over the world and include many rare and hard to find images. The text packs a huge amount of detail into its pages. Recommended for all those who want a brief but in-depth overview of the Grail’s remarkable history.
     
This reprinted edition helps the reader follow the Grail legends in a more immediate and meditative ways, giving many meditations, rituals and ways of working with the aspects of the Hallows. Drawing upon both Celtic and Christian sources, it is a sure guide to the heart of the Grail mysteries.
   
                         
   
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    The Grail Tradition by John Matthews       King Arthur & the Goddess of the Land by Caitlín Matthews       King Arthur’s Raid on the Underworld: the Earliest Grail Quest by Caitlín Matthews, with introduction by John Matthews and artwork by Meg Falconer       Mabon & the Guardians of Celtic Britain by Caitlín Matthews    
                         
   
The Grail Tradition by John Matthews
     
King Arthur & the Goddess of the Land by Caitlín Matthews
     
King Arthur’s Raid on the Underworld: the Earliest Grail Quest by Caitlín Matthews, with introduction by John Matthews and artwork by Meg Falconer
     
Mabon & the Guardians of Celtic Britain by Caitlín Matthews
   
                         
   
This introductory book on the Grail enables a quick understanding of the themes, characters and principles of the many Grail texts in one place. The story of the Grail and those who seek it remains one of the most enduring myths known to the West.

In this book the stories and legends are explored in depth and the ongoing spiritual Quest outlined by a world-renowned authority on the subject. Also included are a series of meditational practices to help the seeker find his or her own way to the heart of the Grail.
     
In this second volume of her 2-part guide to the Mabinogion, Caitlín explores the Arthurian and Goddessly antecedents of these powerful British legends, whose supernatural and semi-mythical beings come into the Matter of Britain. With full background, retelling and Celtic parallels.
     
This beautiful new book is a large format study of the Taliesin poem called Preiddeu Annwfyn, the Raid on the Underworld, which tells of Arthur’s quest to bring back the cauldron from the Sleeping Lord. Complete with commentary and guide to the background myths and traditions, Caitlín traces the mystery of this extraordinary poem, which is itself a cross-roads of British myth, through the feast of the ancestral dead, the Grail legends and the secrets of bardic learning. The poem is illustrated by the shimmering art of Meg Falconer, depicting the seven caers or castles of the underworld.

‘A book to treasure!’ Wolfe van Brussel
     
This is the first of her two-part study of the Mabinogion. (Part Two is King Arthur and the Goddess of the Land.) It follows the heroic archetype of Mabon through the stories of the Four Branches, Culhwch and Olwen and Taliesin. It follows the stories of the many young heroes who, like Mabon, are taken to the otherworld. Caitlín identifies the mythic sequence of the Pendragons and the function of Mabon, Arthur and the Sleeping Lord in this ground-breaking study.
   
                         
   
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    Merlin: Shaman, Prophet, Magician by John Matthews       Morte D’Arthur: The Coming of the King by John Matthews, art by Will Sweeny       Sir Gawain, Knight of the Goddess by John Matthews       Song of Arthur: Celtic Tales from the King’s Court by John Matthews    
                         
   
Merlin: Shaman, Prophet, Magician by John Matthews
     
Morte D’Arthur: The Coming of the King by John Matthews, art by Will Sweeny
     
Sir Gawain, Knight of the Goddess by John Matthews
     
Song of Arthur: Celtic Tales from the King’s Court by John Matthews
   
                         
   
This illustrated study documents Merlin’s origins in Welsh tradition and following his career as prophet, lover, bard and seer. Copious illustrated, it traces the many factors that went to make up the medieval Merlin of popular imagination, from Emrys the boy-sacrifice to Myrddin Wyllt who ran mad in the Caledonian Forest. It includes all of the surviving poems attributed to Merlin including a Dark Age poem, unknown to most readers, newly translated by Caitlín Matthews for this volume.

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This is the first volume of a graphic novel retelling of Malory’s Morte D’Arthur. It tells the coming of Arthur, seeding the events that Malory later develops into the full blown medieval court of the Round Table.
     
The medieval Sir Gawain at Arthur’s court started life as the Welsh warrior, Gwalchmai, the Hawk of May. The author traces his championship of the Goddess through Gawain’s many quests and adventures which lead him frequently into faeryland and into situations where he must uphold the Goddess of Sovereignty.

​Familiar stories like the Green Knight’s beheading game are told as well as less well known episodes from the knight who was Arthur’s nephew.
     
These 17 original stories by John Matthews explore the interweaving legends from Arthur’s court. They are interspersed with the author's original poetry.

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    Song of Taliesin by Steve Gladwin       Taliesin: the Last Celtic Shaman by John Matthews, with contributions by Caitlín Matthews                    
                             
   
Song of Taliesin by Steve Gladwin
     
Taliesin: the Last Celtic Shaman by John Matthews, with contributions by Caitlín Matthews
     
 
     
 
   
                             
   
In a small studio in Langport in Somerset in the autumn of 2008 a dream was realised with the first recording of ‘The Song of Taliesin’ by John Matthews. Steve Gladwin – who first adapted the piece for stage performance in 2000 - and storyteller, instrument maker and producer Jem Dick, were able - with the added inspiration of storyteller Sharon Jacksties - to create the small stuff of legend.
     
This was the first book to explore the shamanic background of the bardic traditions of Britain and Ireland. It covers the myth of Taliesin, translates some of his major poems and establishes the background and parallel myths that reveal the prophetic and oracular skills of the ancient poets who were once part of the ‘people of the gift.’ This rich study opens many new boxes.

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