By Peter Berresford Ellis
For hundreds of years, the Celts held sway in Europe. Even after their conquest by way of the Romans, their tradition remained lively, making sure that a lot of it persisted to feed an never-ending fascination with Celtic background and myths, art and treasures. A premiere authority at the Celtic peoples and their tradition, Peter Berresford Ellis offers an invigoration evaluation in their international. together with his present for making the scholarly obtainable, he discusses the Celts' mysterious origins and early background and investigates their wealthy and complicated society. His use of lately exposed unearths brings interesting insights into Celtic kings and chieftains, structure and humanities, drugs and religions, myths and legends, making this crucial analyzing for any look for Europe's historical previous.
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A Brief History of the Celts by Peter Berresford Ellis