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The Barefoot Book of Princesses Hardcover – Sep 1998


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  • Hardcover: 64 pages
  • Publisher: Barefoot Books (Sept. 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1901223744
  • ISBN-13: 978-1901223743
  • Product Dimensions: 28.7 x 23.6 x 1.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,646,296 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Hello! I'm Caitlin Matthews. I live in Oxford, England with my partner, John Matthews. If you want to know more about our courses, events and forthcoming books, you are cordially invited to visit us at www.hallowquest.org.uk.

Here I am in a stone-built farmhouse on Orkney that uses a similar construction for beds and cupboards as the Stone Age village of Skara Brae. The peat fire is smoking and the saithe herring are curing nicely. Time for a little dusting of the dresser. Why don't you come over for a cup of tea?

I'm primarily known for being the author of many books including Singing the Soul Back Home, Mabon and the Guardians of Celtic Britain, Psychic Shield, and Sophia, Goddess of Wisdom. I write in the fields of metaphysical non-fiction, poetry, fiction, folkstory and myth, as well as writing books for children. I'm known for my research into the Celtic and ancestral traditions, and the ways in which I provoke exploration of the creative metaphysical field, and how we can apply it to our spiritual path.

With John Matthews, I've written the Encyclopedia of Celtic Wisdom, the Arthurian Tarot and Walkers Between the Worlds. Our latest collaboration is the StoryWorld series of cards and books for storytellers of all ages, which now has seven packs - two more titles to come in Autumn 2010.

Although I'm the author of over sixty books, most of my work is oral rather than written. As a teacher of ancestral, shamanic and metaphysical traditions, I go all over the world, working with communities and spiritual institutions. With John Matthews, and my dear colleague Felicity Wombwell, I co-founded The Foundation for Inspirational and Oracular Studies, which is dedicated to the mythic, oracular and sacred arts. Our FiOS shamanic training programme teaches students the ancestral wisdom and healing arts as living sacred traditions in which we still engage.

As a singer, I play Celtic & medieval harps, sruti and psaltery. My CDs include Deep Well in the Wild Wood: Songs from the Place Beyond and the latest, Earth's Own Heart: Songs from the Faery Hills appears soon. I was the Pictish language originator and song-writer of Song of the Exile for the 2004 Jerry Bruckheimer film King Arthur and I appear frequently on international radio and television.

For the last 20 years, I've had a shamanic practice in Oxford dedicated to healing soul sickness and ancestral fragmentation. I use my voice to help open the way between the worlds, to sing the soul's essential nature, tracking it through the client's story and bringing it homeward, with the help of spirit allies who have chosen to work with me.

I'm currently working on Rekindling Ancestral Hearths: a book to help us come into good relationship with our ancestors. I believe that being in communion with our ancestors and gifting spirits is essential for the wellbeing of our world, and lies at the root of war and peace. I'm also completing the Celtic Ancestor Oracle and going on to a book on Celtic Seership and Vision.


For new readers of my work, there is no 'one book' that conveys all that I teach, but the following practical books may be a helpful guide for you to begin somewhere:

Walkers Between Worlds - for a grounding in where our spiritual traditions arose.
Singing the Soul Back Home - for a guide on how we come into come relationship with our gifting spirits
Celtic Devotional - for a post-denominational way of spiritually acknowledging each day and season
Psychic Shield - for those who need a friendly guide to how the universe and ourselves rub off each other and how we can do it more harmoniously with attention to the care of the soul.

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'Beautifully told and presented.' --The Sunday Times

'A sudden spate of books about princesses, but this is one of the best of them. The unusual and ethnic illustrations beautifully reflect the text which shows in stories from around the world how the lives of princesses are not always charmed and that they too may not easily find happiness.' --Kids Out

'Full of swashbuckling adventures and fantastic tales.' --The Guardian --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Caitlín Matthews is a writer, singer and storyteller who lives in Oxford. Since childhood, she has had an abiding love of myths and legends. She has written nearly fifty books including Celtic Devotional, Celtic Spirit and Singing the Soul Back Home. To read more about Caitlín Matthews' work, visit her website www.hallowquest.org.uk Olwyn Whelan worked as a newspaper cartoonist and as a graphic designer before becoming a full-time freelance illustrator. She aims to produce 'timeless and classic' books that children will treasure for life. Olwyn lives in Ireland with her husband, their two children, and her cat called Sleazy. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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40 of 40 people found the following review helpful By House of the Haricots on 28 July 2005
Format: Paperback
I love the global view of barefoot books, and that this book will appeal to the girly girl, but still have positive female imagery from diverse cultures - ticks so many boxes for me. the stories are beautiful, and well illustrated. Having the CD is a bonus.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Krazylegs on 26 Mar. 2010
Format: Paperback
The stories are nice. I read some of them at a slumber party hosted by my daughter. One of the little girls (from Nigeria) wanted to know why the African Princess (The Princess who Lost her Hair story) had long blonde hair and green eyes and I quote "I'm African and my skin is brown and my hair is dark and curly. Why does that princess look different from everyone else in the pictures?". I hadn't noticed at first but that kid had a point. Yeah I know people will read this review and roll their eyes but I just wanted took make the point.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By chazjaffs on 12 Feb. 2011
Format: Paperback
A few old and loved stories and a whole lot of oddly engaging wierdness. We love this book ( I say we.. but I really mean the girls, I think it's all very strange).
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Well written, illustrated and published . A book to return to oveR and over again and with the DVD makes it so special .
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Luisata on 9 Mar. 2009
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These are stories collected from different parts of the world, which reflect different cultures and attitudes towards women. My children love this book!
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