Some of the books I’ve used are Kindle versions of the classics which I’ve mentioned in other places on the site. You can also look to the bibliography of any Medieval Studies course at a UK university and find a list of books I’d have read/owned for my BA Hons (did I mention I sometimes know what I’m talking about?)
Here are some of the other books I’ve used to help me write.
King Arthur’s Raid on the Underworld, Caitlin and John Matthews, Gothic Image Publication, 2008
Lancelot And The Lord Of The Distant Isles, Patricia Terry and Samuel N. Rosenburg, David R. Godine, 2006 (This is worth owning and reading if you want to understand courtly love between men during the Medieval period. A beautiful story.)
The Castle In Medieval England and Wales, Colin Platt, Chancellor Press, 1995
Celtic Myths Celtic Legends, R. J. Stewart, BCA, 1995
The Illustrated Encyclopedia Of Arthurian Legends, Ronan Coghlan, Vega 2002
Tennyson’s Legends of King Arthur Idylls of the King, Ed. Valerie Purton, Arcturus 2009
Encyclopedia Of Things That Never Were, Michael Page, Robert Ingpen, Guild Publishing 1985
These are the ones I’ve dragged off my millions of bookshelves to share, there are literally hundreds of others. Greek tragedy, Roman histories, Medieval everything, Jane Austin, the Brontes and Shakespeare, right up to modern storytellers like James Herbert, Dean Koontz and Dracula. You get the idea, I love books and will read anything!
Robin Hood (in many forms)
Star Wars (The first three)
Lord of the Rings (The films – the books… No… I don’t have that much time in my life but the Hobbit I’ve read 15 times)
And of course the greatest love story I have ever read or seen – Brokeback Mountain.
I love films and these are ones I can remember affecting my imagery and understanding of story telling. I’m certain there are more but I’m pressed for time.