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Books & Recordings | Arthurian, Grail, Merlin & Taliesin Book Titles
 
    Arthur of Albion by John Matthews, art Pavel Tartanikoc       Arthurian Magic       The Arthurian Tradition by John Matthews       The Camelot Oracle by John Matthews, art by Will Worthington    
                         
   
Arthur of Albion by John Matthews, art Pavel Tartanikoc
     
Arthurian Magic
     
The Arthurian Tradition by John Matthews
     
The Camelot Oracle by John Matthews, art by Will Worthington
   
                         
   
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.
     
Discover a complete system of magical work based on the myths of Arthur and his knights. With meditations and rituals from the author's teachings over 30 years, Arthurian Magic leads you on a profound soul journey designed to raise consciousness and offer deep levels of wisdom. The Arthurian legends have long been recognized as a premier source of esoteric insight.  This book is a guide for beginners and more experienced practitioners to incorporate the deep spiritual power of the Grail stories into their lives.
     
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.
   
                         
   
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    The Book of Merlin: Magic, Legend, History by John Matthews       Chronicles of Arthur by John Matthews, art Mike Collins       The Complete King Arthur by John & Caitlin Matthews       The Fourth Gwenevere by John James, completed by Caitlín & John Matthews    
                         
   
The Book of Merlin: Magic, Legend, History by John Matthews
     
Chronicles of Arthur by John Matthews, art Mike Collins
     
The Complete King Arthur by John & Caitlin Matthews
     
The Fourth Gwenevere by John James, completed by Caitlín & 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. 

 
     
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.
     
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.
   
                         
   
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    The Grail Seeker’s Companion by John Matthews & Marian Green       The Grail Tarot by John Matthews & Giovanni Casselli       The Grail Tradition by John Matthews       King Arthur & the Goddess of the Land by Caitlín Matthews    
                         
   
The Grail Seeker’s Companion by John Matthews & Marian Green
     
The Grail Tarot by John Matthews & Giovanni Casselli
     
The Grail Tradition by John Matthews
     
King Arthur & the Goddess of the Land by Caitlín Matthews
   
                         
   
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.
     
The Grail legend is one of the most famous mysteries the world has ever known. This 78-card Tarot deck with spectacular Renaissance-style art relates to the quest for this sacred Christian relic and connects it to our desire to understand the puzzles within our own lives. Characters drawn from Grail history, as well as the Knights Templar, guide the seeker on the path. The suits are represented by the four Grail Hallows: Stone, Sword, Lance, and Vessel. Discover the symbolism and stories of the Grail as a universal and potent representation of the search for truth, part of your own spiritual quest. The cards when laid edge to edge create a tableau in each suit and in the Major Arcana: a procession of the Grail indeed!
     
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.
   
                         
   
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    King Arthur’s Raid on the Underworld: the Earliest Grail Quest by Caitlín Matthews, with introduction by John Matthews and artwork by Meg Falconer       The Lost Book of the Grail: The Sevenfold Path of the Grail & the Restoration of the Faery Accord, by Caitlín & John Matthews with Gareth Knight       Mabon & the Guardians of Celtic Britain by Caitlín Matthews       Merlin in Calydon by John 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
     
The Lost Book of the Grail: The Sevenfold Path of the Grail & the Restoration of the Faery Accord, by Caitlín & John Matthews with Gareth Knight
     
Mabon & the Guardians of Celtic Britain by Caitlín Matthews
     
Merlin in Calydon by John Matthews
   
                         
   
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.

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This  13th century Grail poem, The Elucidation, reveals both Faery and Holy Grail: one vessel with two appearances. Here, the Wasteland arises from the violation of the Well Maidens and the spurning of the hospitality of the Faery world, with  environmental implications for our world.  It explores the seven cloaks of the story and its many guardians, how the fracture of the Faery Accord leads to Wasteland, and how this essential story encapsulates the Grail myth, as well as the wars of Arthur with the Proud Company.
 
     
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.
     
Written in 1980, and printed by Hunting Raven Press, this limited edition poetic sequence has been long out of print and is now a rare collector’s item. Merlin runs mad in the Caledonian Forest, trying to find his way through the mazes of the mind and the labyrinthine toils of the great wood. A few rare copies remaining in a signed and numbered series. 
   
                         
   
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    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 Taliesin by Steve Gladwin       Taliesin: the Last Celtic Shaman by John Matthews, with contributions by Caitlín 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 Taliesin by Steve Gladwin
     
Taliesin: the Last Celtic Shaman by John Matthews, with contributions by Caitlín Matthews
   
                         
   
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.  SOLD OUT
     
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.
     
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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    A HUNDRED STEPS TO THE GRAIL: A Writer’s Diary by Caitlín Matthews       Temples of the Grail by John Matthews & Gareth Knight       THE ARTHURIAN POETRY OF CHARLES WILLIAMS Edited by Grevel Lindop and John Matthews.            
                           
   
A HUNDRED STEPS TO THE GRAIL: A Writer’s Diary by Caitlín Matthews
     
Temples of the Grail by John Matthews & Gareth Knight
     
THE ARTHURIAN POETRY OF CHARLES WILLIAMS Edited by Grevel Lindop and John Matthews.
     
 
   
                           
   
Between January and May 2015, while Caitlín Matthews was writing The Lost Book of the Grail, a study of the 13th century Old French poem, The Elucidation, she also kept a daily diary of her progress.  Within these daily explorations of what it is to be a writer researching the Grail legends, Caitlín uncovers the art of writing, the fascinating depths of myth and the mystical imagination, and the very essence of the Grail quest from both the Pagan and Christian viewpoints.  Myth, Arthurian legend, history, cooking, meditation and writing interweave to frame a window on a writer’s world, giving a view of rare intimacy. Writing from inside the Grail myth, Caitlín looks for the handholds and stepping places that pilgrims search for upon their quest.  
Format: eBook.  Print length 82pp.
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Temples of the Grail r links the mystery of the kingdom of Prester John to the Grail Temple for the first time in this book. New translations by Gareth Knight offer a new insight into key texts ofTiturel and Sone de Nansay that deal with the visit to the Grail Temple, and the initiations that transpired within. We discover the mysteries of the Grail Temple, its relationship to a sacred understanding of architecture and symbol in the Middle Ages, and the re-discovery of a real site which may have been the basis of the myth. 
     
Charles Williams is perhaps the least well known of the Inklings, a writers’ group based in Oxford which included J.R.R. Tolkien and C.S. Lewis. This collection of Williams’s major Arthurian poetry makes available again all of his previously published verse on the Arthurian Legend. The earliest work, published here for the first time since its original appearance in 1913, is the ‘Pageant Song of Gwent’, which shows Williams thinking about the Arthurian legends even this early. This, along with poems from Heroes and Kings (1930) and Three Plays (1931), comprises all of Williams’s early published work on the subject, and is followed by his mature work, contained in the two major sequences Taliessin Through Logres (1938) and The Region of the Summer Stars (1944), which form the centre of this collection.  Format: eBook. Print length: 197pp.
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