The Celtic Literature Collective

This is an attempt to collect as many possible early and medieval texts produced in the "Celtic" countries, or on Celtic themes (hence the inclusion of Continental Arthurian works). Some works are actually links off-site; others are provided here at the CLC.

I should note that most of the translations are old--often seventy-five years and older. The older the translation, the worse it seems to be, especially the Welsh. However, given the copyright laws, I cannot give anything more recent (or more accurate) without running into trouble. Even if a book is out of print, that doesn't mean its copyright has run out. There are a few exceptions, namely James Clancy's translation of "Y Gododdin", used with the (after-the-fact) permission of his son. The other is Dell Skeel's translation of the Didot Perceval text, from the 1960s; again, I'd like to thank both Mr. Skeel and Thomas Clancy for allowing me to provide these translations to the public.

Some day, if I ever become competent at Old/Middle Irish and Welsh, I'll attempt my own translations; for right now, though, they'd be even worse than the worst translation provided here.

The Current Texts, By Category:

  • Greco-Roman Texts
  • Pre-Christian Celtic Texts
  • Medieval Latin Historical Texts
  • Celtic Ecclesiastical Texts
  • Irish Texts
  • Welsh Texts
  • Scottish Texts
  • Cornish Texts
  • Breton Texts
  • Manx Texts
  • Continental & English Arthurian Texts

    Just a note: I know googling yourself was invented by the devil, but I occasionally just like to see what people think of my site; someone commented that the name sounded "a bit pre-Berlin Wall". Me, I think that's very funny, and I see what he's getting at. Never occured to me, though--I'm just really bad at coming up with titles.


    This site is also mirrored with permission at the Academy for Ancient Texts