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The Druids: Celtic Priests of Nature

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A comprehensive and revealing look at the druids and their fundamental role in Celtic society that dispels many of the misconceptions about these important religious figures and their doctrine

• Written by the world's leading authority on Celtic culture

Druidism was one of the greatest and most exalting adventures of the human spirit, attempting to reconcile the unreconcil
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Paperback, 288 pages
Published February 1st 1999 by Inner Traditions (first published January 1st 1994)
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Katherine
A nice book about Druids which is well researched. This book includes a lot of historical trivia and provides a decent understanding of Druidry. However, the author does insert a bit of their own opinions and assumptions which makes some of the book unpalatable. Also, the author doesn't give credence to Neo Druid movements or how Druidry has gone through various evolutions. I found it interesting and it held my attention, but I read it over the course of about 6 months while I also read other bo ...more
Jenn
Jan 22, 2010 rated it really liked it
Exactly what I was looking for! I came accross this book wanting to learn more about Druids and early Celtic culture but found myself sifting through assorted new age books or 'how-to manuals' for the modern druid. I had picked up bits and pieces of information about the druids over time through traveling and documentaries but had a lot of questions and gaps in my knowledge. I was looking for a historical account of who the druids were and how their belief system worked.

This was by no means an e
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Karen Floyd
Feb 04, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Meticulously researched with interesting speculation built on that. Markale puts the druids in their specific time, place and people, and maintains that they could only be part of that. Once their Celtic society was Romanized and Christianized there was no place for the druids, despite New Age fantasists and their white robed ceremonies at Stonehenge. The latter had no part of Celtic Druidic society, by the way, but dated from long before the Celts arrived in France, Britain and Ireland. Celtic- ...more
Fabrizio Valenza
Jul 20, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Testo mistificante, che vuol dimostrare quanto il druidismo sia in perfetta e naturale connessione con il cristianesimo e come il cristianesimo sia una religione del tutto simile al druidismo. Peccato che per dimostrare questa assurdità, l'autore debba trasformare la realtà dottrinale e documentaria, e far finta di ignorare secoli di studi esegetici e storici sui documenti cristiani.
William
Jul 17, 2012 rated it liked it
Good book on what the druids were and were not.
Deb White
Mar 14, 2012 marked it as to-read
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Markale looks fairly christian to me, I have this as low priority and look for more objective writters. Keep in mind I haven't read her yet.
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Jean Markale is the pen name of Jean Bertrand, a French writer, poet, radio show host, lecturer, and retired Paris high school French teacher.

He has published numerous books about Celtic civilisation and the Arthurian cycle. His particular specialties are the place of women in the Celtic world and the Grail cycle.

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