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The Life and Death of a Druid Prince

3.69  ·  Rating Details  ·  154 Ratings  ·  18 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
Apr 04, 2012 Nimue Brown rated it did not like it
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
Jan 27, 2008 Joan Brown rated it it was amazing
FromLibrary Journal via Amazon
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
May 15, 2012 Cara M rated it really liked it
Shelves: nonfiction
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
Nov 26, 2007 Laurel Bradshaw rated it really liked it
Review from Library Journal
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
Aug 03, 2013 Mark rated it it was ok
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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Charly
May 10, 2015 Charly rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: Anyone especially history fans.
i picked this up at a book sale because it seemed interesting. In fact the discovery process that helped identify the nature of the death and how it was determined that he was a prince was interesting; however the book is much more an academic monograph than an entertaining piece written for general consumption.
Annie Perriment
Mar 03, 2016 Annie Perriment rated it it was amazing
One of my all-time favorite books. I've read this many times and find it absolutely riveting as well as incredibly enlightening about what was going on in Britain during the Roman period.
Trishwah
Jun 04, 2015 Trishwah rated it really liked it
Fascinating book about how archeologists do tests and think about what to make of remains.
John
Aug 03, 2014 John rated it liked it
Shelves: 1history, box18
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
Jul 26, 2013 Dorothy rated it it was amazing
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 it was ok  ·  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
Mar 01, 2012 Deb White added it
Shelves: other
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
Aug 15, 2011 Stephanie rated it really liked it
Fascinating nonfiction that makes good background reading for fiction books such as Siobhan Dowd's Bog Child.
Kelsey
Sep 18, 2013 Kelsey rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
interesting, though obviously with a hypothesis that is a massive reach. the background info is useful.
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