The Celtic Realms: The History and the Culture of the Celtic Peoples from Pre-History to the Norman Invasion

The Celtic Realms: The History and the Culture of the Celtic Peoples from Pre-History to the Norman Invasion

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Overview

This masterly survey of the history and culture of the Celtic peoples covers the whole period from their prehistoric origins to the Norman invasion of Britain. The early part of the book is concerned with the narrative history of the period, beginning with the origins of the Celts and discussing the society and culture of ancient Gaul. The British and Irish peoples are then treated separately in their historical development. The remainder of the book is concerned with the demonstration of the peculiar genius of the Celts, and the way in which this was manifested in religion, literature and the visual arts. Much of the Celtic art is relatively unknown, but has a grandeur and mystic quality which are enthralling -- the myths and legends being part of a great oral tradition which can only be compared to the epics of the Classical world. The work is fully illustrated with 64 pages of photographs, which form an invaluable complement to the text and provide a striking evocation of the world of the Celts.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780760742846
Publisher: Book Sales, Incorporated
Publication date: 05/15/2003
Pages: 355

Table of Contents

Prefacexi
1Discovering the Celts1
2The History and Geography of the British Isles to the End of the Roman Period18
3The Celtic Revival43
4The Formation of the Historical Celtic Kingdoms68
5Secular Institutions: Early Irish Society92
6The Early History of the Modern Celtic Kingdoms110
7Celtic Religion and Mythology and the Literature of the Otherworld134
8Celtic Christianity and Its Literature159
9The Celtic Languages and the Beginnings of Literature206
10Irish Literature239
11Welsh Literature270
12Celtic Art287
Epilogue322
List of Abbreviations329
Maps336
Index345

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