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
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.
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.
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.
"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.
A truly amazing people! I really enjoyed listening to their history.
It was real to the best of archeological history.
He made it as though I was right there with him looking at this amazing people.
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.
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