The Celts – History and Civilization

04 Apr

This is the title of a book I recently brought from this establishment at this astounding price. The author is/was? the director of the centre for Celtic studies in Paris and has directed numerous international archaeological excavations, also writing over 200 scientific articles on historical subjects, with an emphasis on the Celtic Iron age.

The book itself is slightly larger than A4 in size and around 240 pages, all of them displaying either artifacts or scenaries from the described areas of Celtic history. Now, for £3.99, this book could be 50 pages long and if the material was sufficient in quality, that would represent good value for money. This is not the case though for this book. This is 240 pages of high quality images and high quality writing. The author being both located and working in mainland Europe, approaches the subject from a mainland European perspective. To his credit though, he does not neglect the influence and evidence from the British Isles and Ireland. The photos alone if removed from the book, would represent excellent value for money at this discounted price, but along with the high quality writing, this is, quite simply one of the best bargains of a book that I have been fortunate to have come across in the last 10 years. My only slight criticism would be that the text is split by descriptions of the corresponding pictures, some of which can be quite lengthy texts which tend to lead, for someone of my advancing years, to the situation of having lost the plot of what was being disclosed previously. That though, is probably more of an indication of my current state than that of the book. Highly recommended, especially at this price!


Posted by on April 4, 2010 in Book Reviews


3 responses to “The Celts – History and Civilization

  1. dreamguardian

    April 5, 2010 at 8:42 am

    Yet another book makes it way to the must buy list. I’ll definately investigate, thanks

  2. David Anson

    November 22, 2010 at 3:05 pm

    Barry Cunliffe is the historian for the Celts if you like controversy or even if you agree with him. I saw this book a while ago and left it on the shelf. Generally there is a lot in the Works of good value. Perhaps I left it there because I had Barry Cunliffe’s book and I still remain to be convinced about which direction was taken by Celtic migration.

  3. corvusrouge

    November 22, 2010 at 8:46 pm

    Oppenheimer’s genetic study of British DNA suggests that 70% of it originated in the paleoiithic / mesollithic period which brings into question the size of this later “Celtic” migration.


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