The Druids

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W.B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, 1994 - History - 304 pages
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"In this compelling and highly reliable study of the Druids, respected Celtic scholar Peter Berresford Ellis sifts through the historical evidence and, with reference to the latest archaeological and etymological findings, gives the first authentic account of who the mysterious Druids were and what role they played in Celtic society." "The Druids emerge as the intellectual caste of ancient Celtic society. They were the doctors, the lawyers, the ambassadors, the advisers to kings. They also had a religious function. Ellis describes the special Druidic training, their philosophy, their belief in auguries, and their intriguing origins. He also shows that the current "New Age" image of the Druids as benevolent wizards comes from a woefully inadequate interpretation of the facts."--BOOK JACKET.Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved

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Ellis 's writing style is lively and fluid. - Goodreads
The problem seems to be one of a lack of reference. - Goodreads
What I have found, though, has been educational. - Goodreads
Dry. Great for research...and insomnia. - Goodreads
The book also includes some interesting illustrations. - Goodreads
A very well-researched history. - Goodreads

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User Review  - SM Sigerson - Goodreads

Everything you wanted to know about the Druids, but were afraid to ask. This landmark study carefully separates fact from fiction, myth from records, ... And reveals the Druids as a powerful social ... Read full review

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User Review  - Stephen - Goodreads

I devoured this book - Ellis handles a much-mismanaged topic with great clarity and scholasticism. Although his passion for Celtic culture is apparent, he meticulously presents all available evidence for consideration. I look forward to finding and reading more of his books in the near future! Read full review

Contents

Identifying the Druids ii
11
The Celtic World
23
Origins of the Druids
37
Copyright

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About the author (1994)

Author and Celtic scholar Peter Berresford Ellis was born in Coventry, Warwickshire, England on March 10, 1943. Even though he received a BA and an MA in Celtic Studies, he decided to become a journalist and worked at numerous weekly newspapers throughout England and Ireland. In 1968, he published is first book Wales - A Nation Again about the Welsh struggle for political independence. One of his best known works is The Cornish Language and its Literature, which is considered the definitive history of the language. He became a full-time writer in 1975 and writes fiction under the pseudonyms Peter Tremayne and Peter MacAlan. He is the author of the Sister Fidelma Mystery series. In 1988, he received an Irish Post Award in recognition of his services to Irish historical studies.

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