Then however he moves on to how the Druids developed a modern mythology and how they came to capture a vivid place in the imagination of modern man Druids A very short introduction lives up to its title it is too short but what a wonderful introduction it is After reading this book you will be able to sort through fact and fiction and come a much better idea of what and who the Druids really were As I have often found fact is for interesting than fiction.
Who Were The Druids What Do We Know About Them Do They Still Exist Today The Druids First Came Into Focus In Western Europe Gaul, Britain, And Ireland In The Second Century BC They Are A Popular Subject They Have Been Known And Discussed For Over , Years And Few Figures Flit So Elusively Through History They Are Enigmatic And Puzzling, Partly Because Of Thelack Of Knowledge About Them Has Resulted In A Wide Spectrum Of InterpretationsBarry Cunliffe Takes The Reader Through The Evidence Relating To The Druids, Trying To Decide What Can Be Said And What Can T Be Said About Them He Examines Why The Nature Of The Druid Caste Changed Quite Dramatically Over Time, And How Successive Generations Have Interpreted The Phenomenon In Verydifferent Ways The books is short out of necessity as so little is known about the Druids The author repeatedly mentions that there are really only 3 actual accounts that may accurately describe the Druidic practices through the blinders of their own bias The rest of the sources cited are rehashings or complete fantasy The book is actually a description of what practicing Druids were not anything seen or described in the media After reading 3 of Francis Pryor s books, I wished to sample another approach to English pre history So little is known or authenitcated that the book is a trying exercise in repetition I suggested doing a Wiki search and saving yourself the expense.
Based on what I have read it sounds like Neopagans have genuine spiritual experiences so I am not discounting them, but for anyone interested in the Druids, I would say this should be the first book that you read.
Barry Cunliffe s Druids does a good job surveying the relatively sparse information on the Druids from literary and archaeological sources and how the understanding of who they were has been interpreted by different societies Neodruids and neopagans starting back in 1772 created societies under the influence of late 18th century Romanticism that relied upon overactive imaginations and was loosely connected with the past understandings of Druidism A worthwhile read that is slow going sometimes, parsing the ambiguous archaeological evidence but satisfying to this reader because of the helpful analysis of what is actually known about Druids as philosophers and theologians and as present at sacrifices.
A brief, clear, concise and quite comprehensive exploration of the Druids in the historical and archeological records The author developes the story into modern times describing the origins of the myths and fads surrounding the Druids.
Barry presents a precise and insightful examination of what we actually know about the real Druids In this sense there is both a liberation from decoration and a grounding in the truth Jeremy Board.
I liked this book and it left me wanting to read much about this fascinating part of history, so on the next volume got it one time and as offered