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The Celts (Penguin History)

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Although there is no written record of their prehistoric culture, the Celtic people left behind much archaeological and anthropological evidence of a way of life that was highly evolved. Tracing this evolution from their arrival in the British Isles in about the eighth century B.C. to the gradual transformation of the Celtic culture under Roman and Saxon rule, this celebra ...more
Paperback, Second Edition, 320 pages
Published January 1st 1998 by Penguin Books (first published 1970)
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Since the beginning of my interest in ancient history and culture I have been held by an inexplicable fascination with all things Celtic. At least, what I perceived as Celtic from my admittedly untrained eye. Nora Chadwick's volume "The Celts" has only served to further my interest in their long history, varied culture, and supernatural worldview as expressed through their art, literature, and religion.

At the start of reading this volume I had only previously read T.W. Rollerston's "Celtic Myths
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Recommends it for: want to read more about the Insular Celts
In my course "Celtic History and Culture" in Uppsala universety Sweden I've read this book(1997 edition) as a supplement to the course ground book Barry Cunliffes "The Ancient Celts".
In this great book and I've read chapter 3(The origins of the Celtic kingdoms in Britain and Ireland), 4(The development of the Celtic kingdoms of the west), 5(Institutions and way of life), half of chapter 6(Religion and mythology) and 8(Celtic art).
This book is well written with a lot of facts mostly regarding the
This was a really interesting read, as history books go. Extremely detailed with the names of tribes, people, and places. (It was reminiscent of the million and one names you'll come across in the Illiad in only one paragraph.) Once I got over my anxiety of trying to remember all these names, then I was able to just focus on the larger picture and I found it fascinating. It not only deals with the names and dates type of history, but includes culture, religion, and language discussions, too. I a ...more
This book was a slog to get through, but it was satisfying in the end. The author is certainly one of the most knowledgeable on the subject, but the book is a little outdated in places now. More pictures and less exposition of some of the Celtic myths would have made the book more enjoyable, but overall it is a good book, not too long, and gets across the important points of the Celtic culture, from is Neolithic European origins through to the first centuries of Christianity.
Andrine Morse
When I first read this in 1982, I was so fascinated, I was launched like a spiritual rocket ship down the path my life would take. However, after 30 years of training and study, my thoughts are vastly different; the subjective assumptions made throughout are inaccurate, however, the facts stand alone and are accurate. The interpretations made by the Author are too colonialized to be of much benefit as the embargo on the truth is lifted.
Lee Broderick
A little out of date now, but still one of the best overviews of the subject.
Excellent reference book on the Celtic history. I own this in German.
A warrior culture with artistic talents - again and again. A good survey book.
This book is the mainstay of many students of Celtic Mythology.
James Prothero
Good stuff. Lots of information, but much of it I already knew.
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Nora Kershaw Chadwick (1891-1972), married to Hector Munro Chadwick, published widely on the Celts and Oral Literature.
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