Translated by Kevin Windle
This comprehensive history of the Celts from origins to the present draws on archaeological, historical, literary, and linguistic evidence. It is divided into three parts. Part one covers the continental Celts in prehistory and antiquity, complete with accounts of the Celts in Germany, Italy, Iberia, and Asia Minor. The second part follows the Celts from the departure of the Romans to the late Middle Ages, including the migrations to and settlements in Ireland, Wales, Scotland, and Brittany. Discussions of the Celtic kingdoms and the rise and fall of Celtic Christianity are also given. The final part brings the history of the Celts up to the present, covering the assimilation of the Celts within the national cultures of Great Britain, France, and Ireland. Included in this consideration are the suppression of Gaelic, the declines, revivals, and survivals of languages and literatures, and the histories of Celtic culture.
This book, containing twenty maps and black and white illustrations, will be invaluable to anyone with an interest in Celtic culture or history.
“. . . A readable and informative introduction to the cultural and linguistic identity of the Celts.” — Albion
“T]he book as a whole is an extraordinary achievement, remarkable for the range of historical, literary, and linguistic material it covers with clarity and expertise.” — History: Reviews of New Books
“. . . A graceful book that surveys the whole range of Celtic experience. . . .” — Choice
“Authoritative.” — Catholic Library World