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A Brief History of the Celts Audiobook

A Brief History of the Celts: Brief Histories

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Publisher's Summary

For centuries the Celts held sway in Europe. Even after their conquest by the Romans, their culture remained vigorous, ensuring that much of it endured to feed an endless fascination with Celtic history and myths, artwork, and treasures.

A foremost authority on the Celtic peoples and their culture, Peter Berresford Ellis presents an invigoration overview of their world. With his gift for making the scholarly accessible, he discusses the Celts' mysterious origins and early history and investigates their rich and complex society. His use of recently uncovered finds brings fascinating insights into Celtic kings and chieftains, architecture and arts, medicine and religions, myths and legends, making this esesntial listening for any search for Europe's ancient past.

©2003 Peter Berresford Ellis (P)2014 Audible Ltd

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    petitbilbo Brussels 03/09/2015
    petitbilbo Brussels 03/09/2015 Member Since 2014
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    "A full account of today's knowledge of the Celts"

    I've always been very interested in the history of the Celts, but after listening the this book, I have to recognize that I knew almost nothing.

    In the 'brief' history, the state of the art about knowledge of the Celts is revealed in a clear, complete but (dare I say it?) concise manner.
    When I listened to the author's prologue, I had the impression of hearing a rant, but after listening to the rest of the book, I can quite understand the need for it.

    Excellent book!

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Goronwy-Wyn Cardiff, United Kingdom 15/10/2016
    Goronwy-Wyn Cardiff, United Kingdom 15/10/2016 Member Since 2016
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    "Fascinating."

    I found the book well written, very well narrated, it systematically steps through Celtic history, and is full of fascinating facts I would like to check by visiting the places detailed.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Mary Carnegie UK 01/06/2017
    Mary Carnegie UK 01/06/2017 Member Since 2012

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    "Forgotten/suppressed?"

    Modern scholarship (archeology, closer analysis of texts and artefacts, etc) has revealed that there was far more to know about the once widespread Celtic civilisation than Julius Caesar (The Gallic Wars) and Romans in general wanted you to know (Rome was humiliated early on by Italian Celts, so don't expect objectivity!)
    When I was at school, in Scotland, in the dying years of the British Empire, you had to study Latin to go to uni, which I didn't mind at all, because it's logical and concise and rewarding (you know when you've got it right!) We also knew that the Romans invaded "Scotland" a wee bit, but thanks, probably, as much to the midges as the ferocious natives, they didn't stay long. We also, surprisingly, learnt Irish history from the viewpoint of the indigenous Catholic population-("my enemy's enemy is my friend"?) and we knew fine well our Christian heritage was Irish not Roman, but Anglo-Saxons, like the Romans before them, controlled the propaganda and still do.

    Forget all the Brigadoon and "The Quiet Man", even - though I still enjoy it - Whisky Galore- Celts were/are everywhere, sometimes hidden.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    P J HOUGHTON 17/09/2016
    P J HOUGHTON 17/09/2016 Member Since 2009
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    "Pompous"

    The subject is fascinating and the text has great information which enlightens the listener, if you can get past the terrible, affected and almost comedic accent of the narrator makes one feel patronised.

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    Kdl 15/01/2017
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    "my history"

    I just found through my DNA that I'm a Celt. fills in my history brilliantly

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    "A bit dry, but overall interesting"

    The narrator was a bit dull, very factual little emotion. But the story more then made up for it. As a person who knows very little about celts, I found it very informative and it made me question some other aspects of history I took as fact. There is a lot about the history between Rome and the celts and I found that the most interesting. There was also a good bit about the women in Celtic history as well which I found fascinating. Defiantly worth a listen, if you ask me.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Evangeline
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    13/05/16
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    "WOW!"
    What did you love best about A Brief History of the Celts?

    A truly amazing people! I really enjoyed listening to their history.


    What did you like best about this story?

    It was real to the best of archeological history.


    What does Christopher Oxford bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    He made it as though I was right there with him looking at this amazing people.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I didn't have an extreme reaction but it did make me sad and angry that a barbaric Roman race could defeat such and intellectual and amazing people.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • ConcreteRhino
    21/06/17
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    "Great book"

    Knowledge is power , and you will find plenty of that here. try it out.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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