Labyrinths & Mazes - The Definitive Guide Jeff Saward. Gaia Books, London, 2003. Published
in USA as "Labyrinths & Mazes - A Complete Guide" by Lark Books, New York, 2003,
and in German language as "Das Große Buch der Labyrinthe und Irrgärten" by AT Verlag,
Aarau & Munich, Germany, 2003. The most up to date and comprehensive sourcebook for
researchers, students and enthusiasts, experts and beginners alike. 224 pages and
over 400 photos and illustration, plus extensive maps, tables, bibliography and resources.
Caerdroia - the Journal of Mazes & Labyrinths Founded by Jeff Saward in 1980, each
edition of Caerdroia contains a wealth of articles and notes on labyrinths and mazes
worldwide and is an especially good source for the latest research, information and
theories regarding the origins, history and distribution of labyrinths and mazes.
It has now reached its 38th issue, although the first 27 are out of print.
Through the Labyrinth Hermann Kern, ed. Robert Ferré & Jeff Saward. Prestel, Munich,
2000. Definitive scholarly catalogue of historic labyrinths from around the world,
now translated to English with addenda by Saward and Ferré, this updated edition
has 360 pages, with 17 full-colour and 732 black-and-white illustrations. It is an
essential (if expensive) addition to the bookshelf of all labyrinth enthusiasts.
Mazes and Labyrinths - Their History & Development W.H. Matthews. Longmans, Green &
Co., London, 1922 - reprinted, Dover Publications, New York, 1970. The 1922 classic
study of the subject, now a rare collectors item, was reprinted in 1970 and remains
a charming read, still full of facts and surprising snippets of information.
Mazes and Labyrinths Nigel Pennick. Robert Hale, London, 1990. A wide-ranging study
of maze and labyrinth history, especially in the UK and Europe, with particular discussion
of the geomantic principles of labyrinths and their locations.
The Idea of the Labyrinth from Classical Antiquity through the Middle Ages Penelope
Reed Doob. Cornell University Press, Ithaca, NY, 1990. Heavy going in places, but this
scholarly study of labyrinths from classical antiquity through the mediaeval is an
essential source of information on early written texts and authors that mention labyrinths,
especially in philosophical and literary works.
L'universe Secret du Labyrinthe Paul de Saint-Hilaire. Robert Laffont, Paris, 1992. French
language guide to mazes and labyrinths, especially in Europe. Historically somewhat
unreliable and with some curious speculative asides, but also contains an extensive
Alle Tiders Labyrinter Jørgen Thordrup. Dixit, Silkeborg, Denmark, 2002. Nicely illustrated
Danish language study of labyrinths with particular emphasis on Denmark and Scandinavia
and much valuable documentation.
The Maze and the Warrior Craig Wright. Harvard University Press, Cambridge, Massachusetts,
2001. Excellent scholarly study of the labyrinth symbol in mediaeval and renaissance
architecture, theology and music. Despite the authors idiosyncratic use of the words
labyrinth and maze, it contains many gems of information.
Historical & Academic Studies
To discover more about the long and complex history of labyrinths and mazes, and
where they are found, these are the titles we particularly recommend: