The world of the Druids

Miranda J. Green

Book - 1997

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Published
New York, N.Y. : Thames and Hudson c1997.
Language
English
Physical Description
192 p. : ill. (some col.), col. maps ; 25 cm
Bibliography
Includes bibliographical references (p. 184-185) and index.
ISBN
0500285713
050005083X
Main Author
Miranda J. Green (-)
  • Finding the Druids
  • The Celts and the supernatural
  • The Druids in classical literature
  • Digging up Druids
  • Sarcrifice and prophecy
  • The female Druids
  • Sacred places and their priests
  • Druids in Irish myth
  • Druids resurrected
  • Druids today
  • Directory of modern Druid organizations.
Review by Publisher Summary 1

A book that is difficult to classify - a popular introduction to the history of Druidism whose scope necessitates a brief study, yet it is thoroughly up-to-date incorporating new ideas and research. Ten chapters look at the archaeology of the druids, celtic practices, the classical literature, sacrifices, prophecy, female druids in celtic society, sacred places and priests, druids in Irish mythology, the 18th and 19th century revivals, and modern beliefs. The bibliography is accompanied by a directory of modern druid organizations.

Review by Publisher Summary 2

A book that is difficult to classify - a popular introduction to the history of Druidism whose scope necessitates a brief study, yet it is thoroughly up-to-date incorporating new ideas and research.

Review by Publisher Summary 3

"Copiously illustrated well written, thoughtful, and thought-provoking."Library JournalIn this authoritative account, Miranda Green unravels the truth about the Druids. Examining the archaeological evidence, Classical commentaries, and early Welsh and Irish myths, she shows that the Druids were fully integrated into Celtic society and fulfilled varied and necessary roles. The Roman writers reflected the double standards of an invading society: condemning the public sacrifice of enemies by the Druids while accepting their own practice of slaughter for sport as civilized. Yet the Classical sources can be used to help reveal the real Druids, and we learn of their multiple roles as judges, teachers, healers, magicians, philosophers, religious leaders, and fomenters of rebellion.This book traces the history of the Druids from their beginnings to their resurrection during the Renaissance. Complete with timeline and gazetteer, the book will appeal to all thosescholar, general reader, or New Age enthusiastwho are fascinated by the Druids and their world. 291 illustrations, 51 in color.