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Celts: The History and Legacy of One of the Oldest Cultures in Europe

Celts: The History and Legacy of One of the Oldest Cultures in Europe


Long before the Celts moved to Great Britain and Ireland, they thrived in present-day Turkey, Poland and Italy. Discover the ancient history and rich legacy of one of the oldest cultures in Europe, from 800 BCE to the early centuries AD. Lavishly illustrated and expertly written, Celts reveals the truth behind stories of naked warriors, ritual beheadings, druids, magic, accusations of human sacrifice, military and spiritual life, slavery, sexuality and Celtic art. Hardcover, with more than 180 photographs, maps and illustrations; 224 pages.

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They cut off the heads of enemies slain in battle and attach them to the necks of their horses... They embalm the heads... [and]... display them with pride to strangers.” – Diodorus Siculus

Before the Vikings, before the Anglo-Saxons, before the Roman Empire, the Celts dominated central and western Europe. Today we might think of the Celts only inhabiting parts of the far west of Europe – Ireland, Great Britain, France and Spain – but these were the extremities in which their culture lasted longest. In fact, they had originated in Central Europe and settled as far afield as present day Turkey, Poland and Italy. From their emergence as an Iron Age people around 800 BC to the early centuries AD, Celts reveals the truth behind the stories of naked warriors, ritual beheadings, druids, magic and accusations of human sacrifice. The book examines the different tribes, the Hallstatt and La Tène periods, as well as Celtic survival in western Europe, the Gallic Wars, military life, spiritual life, slavery, sexuality and Celtic art. Celts is an expertly written account of a people who have long captured the popular imagination.

About the Author: Martin J. Dougherty is a freelance writer specializing in military and defense topics. He is the author of Medieval WarriorSAS and Elite Forces Guide Extreme Unarmed CombatSAS and Elite Forces Guide SniperSmall Arms: From the Civil War to the Present Day, and books on personal self-defense. He lives in northern England.

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Format: Hardcover
Number of Pages: 224 pages, 180 color & b-w photos & illus.
UPC Code : 9781782741664