by Guy Gavriel Kay
follows is an extremely selective listing of works I used in researching the
'historical' fantasies. It would feel silly at this point for me to try going
back to a decade's worth of reading in myth and legend, Arthuriana, and Celtic,
Norse, or shamanistic traditions to make such a listing for Fionavar.
would also be, even on the later novels, ponderous (and impossible) to offer a
full listing of the books that helped me with background information or
inspiration for each novel. Reconstructing sources, even one's own, is not
always an easy task.
On the other hand, I am often asked what books I suggest
for readers who have an interest in the periods I've explored, or aspects of
those periods, and this seems an opportunity to address that. I used the
Acknowledgements in each book to mention a few authors each time but here I can
be more exact, and by making the lists selective I can also do a bit of
screening for those interested, highlighting books I found most perceptive,
going to keep this relaxed and not offer formal bibliographic publishing
information. Among other things, there will be different editions in different
countries (and languages) and I'm assuming that people reading this can use
their own websearch techniques to find the titles - or use the links being
offered by Deborah Meghnagi here to access an online bookstore.
[Webmaster's note: The linked book titles link through to Amazon.com, although some of the books are out of print and thus the links go to Amazon's out of print search service. Those which aren't linked are products for which I was unable to find links on Amazon at all.]