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The Life and Death of a Druid Prince

3.62 of 5 stars 3.62  ·  rating details  ·  136 ratings  ·  15 reviews
This thrilling human drama and spellbinding scientific discovery--the most sensational archaeological find of the decade--unlocks the mysteries of the Druid past. "Mesmerizing . . . a tour de force of scientific sleuthing".--Chicago Tribune.
Paperback, 176 pages
Published July 15th 1991 by Touchstone (first published 1989)
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Nimue Brown
This is an amazing read. In the sense that I was repeatedly amazed by the leaps in logic, the imagined details that mysteriously turned into facts, the reliance on recent folklore as evidence for ancient practice, and the internal logic that didn't hold together.
Joan Brown
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The discovery of a 2000-year-old man's body in a peat bog in Lindow Moss, near Manchester, England on August 1, 1984 brought the authors together to study his remains, specifically his last meal. Ross is a Celtic specialist and archaeologist; Robins a chemist specializing in archaeological work. Their collaboration has resulted in this engrossing archaeological study which unfolds like a well-told detective story. With clarity and scientific skill, they reconstruct
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Cara M
A fast engaging read, that takes the discovery of a body in a bog as an open door into the lost, forgotten, and buried past of Celtic Britain. Although all conclusions are tentative at best, the clear presentation of sources and deductions allows the reader to accept this as a reasonable theory, though by no means concrete fact. Druids are always a contentious topic, whether they're treated as tree hugging nature worshippers, bloodthirsty savage priests, or political and economic powerhouses, th ...more
Laurel Bradshaw
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The discovery of a 2000-year-old man's body in a peat bog in Lindow Moss, near Manchester, England on August 1, 1984 brought the authors together to study his remains, specifically his last meal. Ross is a Celtic specialist and archaeologist; Robins a chemist specializing in archaeological work. Their collaboration has resulted in this engrossing archaeological study which unfolds like a well-told detective story. With clarity and scientific skill, they reconstruct the
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Mark
A highly speculative story, I found it hard to know if the book was to be taken seriously or if it was supposed to be a bit of fun speculation about what could have been. It seemed more to me that the authors had decided on a story and went out looking for evidence to prove that story, instead of the other way around - the evidence pointing them in the direction of the story.

All the same there was plenty of interesting information about the Celts and their Druid priests. Sometimes far too much
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John
Interesting but a lot of assumptions.
Richard A
Great story of a Druid .
Nathan C.
I found the archaeological facts very interesting, as well as the historical background of the Celts around the first century B.C. (during which time the authors assume Lindow II lived), but the conclusions the authors draw--everything from the man's name to his nationality to the reason and date of his death--were very unconvincing to me. I would need a lot more proof before assuming one third of what they assume.
Dorothy
If you like history and forenics this is a great read. It vividly brings to life what this Prince might have experienced while alive. Since he was preserved in a bog they were able to determine his station in life, his last meal and where he most likely lived. Totally engrossing and I'll probably read it again.
Thom Dunn
On the discovery of Lindow Man in a peat bog in the English Midlands, 1984. Contends that "Lindow Man is found to be a Druid no bleman and priest who was ritually murdered in a spectacular Celtic May Day ceremony, sacrificed to appease the gods following the brutal invasion of England by the Roman army."

Really ! ?
Bookendsused Pefferly
A compelling story based on modern Archeology/CSI methods. A 2,000 year old corpse if found in a bog in Lindow, England. A full history is literally pieced together before the reader. It is a thin book and a quick read, but it sometimes becomes mired in the reiteration of facts.
Erik Graff
Apr 10, 2013 Erik Graff rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: someone interested in forensic paleoanthropology
Recommended to Erik by: no one
Shelves: history
A light, popular read concerning the discovery of body parts dating from the first century in an English bog. Very highly speculative, the portions about the exhumation of ancient remains are interesting, those detailing the authors' theories are unconvincing.
Deb White
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This was one of the worst books I've read in a long time. It is highly revealing how our eductional systems have failed to produce quailified scientist for decades.
Stephanie
Fascinating nonfiction that makes good background reading for fiction books such as Siobhan Dowd's Bog Child.
Kelsey
interesting, though obviously with a hypothesis that is a massive reach. the background info is useful.
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