Lords of Battle: The World of the Celtic Warrior

Lords of Battle: The World of the Celtic Warrior

by Stephen Allen
     
 

To the classical civilizations of Greece and Rome, the Celtic warrior of the late Iron Age was the archetypal barbarian: savage, undisciplined, and bloodthirsty. In a clash of cultures that lasted almost 500 years, the rich and vibrant society in which he lived, fought, and died was virtually destroyed, becoming the stuff of myth and legend.

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To the classical civilizations of Greece and Rome, the Celtic warrior of the late Iron Age was the archetypal barbarian: savage, undisciplined, and bloodthirsty. In a clash of cultures that lasted almost 500 years, the rich and vibrant society in which he lived, fought, and died was virtually destroyed, becoming the stuff of myth and legend.

Covering the period from the first mention of the Celts by ancient Greek writers to the Roman conquest of Britain, this book examines the Celtic warrior, his society and his place within it, and the conflicts that would eventually destroy his world. Beautifully illustrated with many examples of Celtic art and craftsmanship, this book provides a fascinating insight into a culture whose legacy has endured to the present day.

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“The Celtic warrior of the late iron Age was the archtypal barbarian: savage, undisciplined and bloodthirsty beyond belief. In a clash of cultures that lasted almost 500 years, the vibrant society in which he lived, fought and did was virtually destroyed, becoming a myth and legend... This amazing book invites readers to the wonderful journey in the Ancient World.” —Neoproprealism (May 2008)

“Thanks to a desire by the 'winning' side to erase all memories and artifacts of the Celts, recent research has turned up a considerable amount of information on these peoples and in particular how they fought. Stephen Allen has put all this into one lavishly illustrated volume... Osprey hardcover books are an outstanding value for the money and you can buy these with confidence that you are getting the best.” —Scott Van Aken, Modeling Madness

“...published by Osprey is the beautifully illustrated study of the Celtic warrior class... Lords of Battle is an excellent read.” —Coastal Defense Journal

“...blend[s] lovely color illustration throughout with a survey rich in Celtic history...covering everything from appearance and dress to arms and rebellions. While its narrowed scope will appeal primarily to specialty holdings and libraries strong in early Celtic history, these collections will find the military focus unique and worthy of acquisition.” —The Bookwatch Midwest Book Review

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781841769486
Publisher:
Bloomsbury USA
Publication date:
03/27/2007
Series:
World of the Warrior Series
Pages:
224
Product dimensions:
7.88(w) x 9.79(h) x 0.93(d)

Meet the Author


Stephen Allen graduated in 1975 with a degree in French and Spanish from the University of Coventry, and since 1979 has lived in Brussels where he works for an international organisation. With a great passion for history and archaeology, and a particular interest in the European Iron Age, he is a keen amateur archaeologist, regularly taking part in the excavation of Romano-British sites in the south of England. His fascination for the Celts led to the publication of his first book, The Celtic Warrior (Osprey, 2001). Stephen is married and has two children. The author lives in Brussels, Belgium.

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