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Women of the Celts

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Historian Markale takes us deep into a mythical world where both man and woman become whole by realizing the feminine principle in its entirety. The author explores the rich heritage of Celtic women in history, myth, and ritual, showing how these traditions compare to modern attitudes toward women.
Paperback, 320 pages
Published October 1st 1986 by Inner Traditions
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Jul 16, 2009 rated it it was ok
Shelves: celtic-studies
Markale's book is a just a classic when it comes to "Celtic women and gender relations". The narrative is good and the author and the book is somehow easy reading and it seems that it takes you to a magic world.

However I don't recommend it if you're not interested in 'fantasy' and is looking for a good book about 'Celtic History and Society' with academic quality.

Markale's book has a lots of problems which I think only the following ones are worth mentioning in here:

- Markale quotes both Ancient
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Apr 28, 2013 rated it really liked it
There is much misunderstanding of what Northern Europe was like before the accursed Romans came north, killed as many of the locals as they could, and destroyed their culture and society. Markale, who lived in Bretagne/Brittany, has the great advantage that he did not have to overcome the English/German hatred for the native Celts ("kelt", there are no soft C's in Gaelic) or the overwhelming influence of the Irish, who just barely managed to preserve some small library of authentic writings. And ...more
Edward Richmond
Jul 01, 2015 rated it did not like it
This isn't really a history book. It has no academic rigor to speak of; the author lacks any personal skill as a translator, and thus he manipulates other peoples' translations of ancient and medieval literature to suit his own arguments. In the process, he creates a grossly distortive misreading of his source texts.

Avoid. It's slipshod scholarship, of the kind that makes people roll their eyes about "gender studies."

Also, in the late 1980s the author was caught plagiarizing an entire book.
Sep 21, 2014 rated it liked it
Used for my bachelor thesis. I didn't exactly read ALL of it, but I looked through the parts I didn't read. The first few chapters of the book in which Markale, among other things, discusses the role of the Celtic women through e.g. old law texts were to me the most useful parts of it. The other chapters were interesting enough, but he seemed to constantly compare the old Celtic myths of women to a lot of other, non-Celtic myths, which made his claims confusing.
Dec 06, 2011 rated it really liked it
Women of the Celts is a an interesting history/literary work. The legends and myths of the Celts are used to reveal that the first 'religions' and societies were actually woman centric. It was with the advent of the idea of a 'single' god that societies became patriarchal and debased women. Markale also has a couple chapters providing interesting interpretations on marriage and love.
Nov 08, 2015 rated it liked it
Lots of really good facts, but it gets away from the title of the book. If you're into how mythology got to where it is, then this is the book for you. It covers more than Ireland, Scotland and Wales, it covers the Western world.
Eileen Mcmahon
May 20, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Jean Markale demonstrates an unsurpassed knowledge of Celtic myths and culture. In Women of the Celts he deconstructs Irish Fairy Tales to reveal the deep beliefs indigenous Irish people.
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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.

His many works have dealt with subjects as varied as summations of various myths, th