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Bards, Druids & Kings

"Y Gwir yn erbyn y byd" (Truth against the world) - motto of the chair of the bards of Britain.

Who were the Druids? What place did Bards hold in Celtic society? What constituted a King? All written references that we know of today tell different and contradictory tales. But we know they did exist and that they were all responsible for keeping the flame of Celtic lore and knowledge alive for future generations to re-discover.

  Grant, O Divine Being, thy Protection
And in Protection, Strength
And in Strength, Understanding
And in Understanding, Knowledge
And in Knowledge, the Knowledge of Justice
And in the Knowledge of Justice, the Love of Justice
And in that Love, the Love of all Beings
And in the Love of all Beings, the Love of Divine Being.

- The Gorsedd Prayer (Wales)

(attributed to the Bard Talhairn - translated by R.J. Stewart)

Follow the links to read more about the Bards, Druids and Kings of the Celtic era:


Wander through my home and enjoy the various contributions to the Celtic lore and tradition that have been collected over the years. My collection is always expanding, so if you have any suggestions for content, links or would just like to comment on the site, please either sign my guestbook or email me at

Painting "Prydwen" by Chris Down

You will find credits and links to the generous souls who have provided the Celtic art, music, poetry and reference material free on the Web, as well as a bibliography of the books and publications that make up a large part of my library and have been a rich resource for these pages in the Credits list.

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