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↠´ Read ↠´ Exploring the World of the Druids by Miranda Green ¸ Green s World of the Druids looks at various sources of information about the ancient Druids, including archeology, history, folklore, and classical sources She relays recent discoveries, explains the origins of the Druids, their role in society, religion, prophesy and a sacrafice And, Green takes a look at Druids in the modern day.
This is a reasonably good introductory book on the Druids It does tend to brush over some areas without as much detail as some other books in an effort to appear credible, thus fresh ideas are somewhat lacking For those looking for of an introduction to Druid history, this abridged scaled down work is a bit easier than many other texts, but it may not serve as well for those with a solid grasp of Druidry and Celtic studies I personally find much of Miranda Green s work simply reiterates what is already commonly written by other authors, and I don t get much new out of her work, which is a shame given her enjoyable writing style.
Discussion analysis of Celtic mythology is relatively light, especially that from Non Irish sources, but her accounts and interpretation are considered standard by many Her account on women in Celtic Society, and as female Seers and Druidesses, she gives them an entire chapter is somewhat refreshing.
My only other complaint would be in her description of modern day Druids all being Neo Druids, and her promotion of a shared perception between Druids and Wiccans While they are quoted as being separate and distinct, the focus on Wiccan beliefs, rituals and coven membership seemed unnecessary in a scholary book I found it sad that the author felt the need to promote witchcraft in the form of Wicca, yet made no mention of Celtic witchcraft or magic, and shamanic practices for lack of a better term , which is laden throughout Celtic folklore, scarcely got a paragraph s mention, next to the five pages she dedicated to Wicca.
Mostly minor complaints aside, all in all, this is a good general book on Druidry, but I would recommend comparing it to other, detailed works, to fill in those areas where detail isn t as deep as it should be, comments are light, and varying interpretations are needed This book also does not hold up to her work on the Celts in general The Celtic World , but it s still reasonably good Just be sure to compare her offerings to that of others like Anne Ross, Alwyn Brinley Rees, Nora Chadwick and Peter Berresford Ellis, for a wider range of understanding and viewpoints on the Druids, and the Celts in General.
Miranda Green is probably the most knowledgeable scholar currently working on the Celtic Iron Age and has written numerous books on the period, so she was an obvious choice to write about the Druids for this series The series as a whole is designed to make history as accessible as possible to a wide readership, hence the ample illustrations and frequent use of text boxes to give something like a magazine style layout The illustrations are, on the whole, well chosen, many in colour and go well beyond the usual ones found in every other book on Druids The text is informative and informed by recent developments in the field of Celtic studies It is especially good on the archaeology and mythology One or two errors creep in in the section on modern Druidry, but this is hardly surprising It s difficult enough for modern Druids themselves to work out the difference between the Ancient Order of Druids and the Ancient Druid Order All in all, a very good, wide ranging, accessible introduction to the subject.
Do you have an interest in the druids past and present Do you want to know the facts, not someone s romanticized version of them Then this book is what you are looking for Dr Green presents the evidence with accuracy and sensitivity, describing what is known about the druids before the coming of Christianity which is actually very little , the evidence of the medieval tales and saints lives which is suspect , and the efforts to revive druidry since the Renaissance The illustrations are carefully described, appropriate to the text, and beautifully reproduced My only complaint is that Dr Green s description of modern druids mainly covers groups in the UK, with little acknowledgement that groups exist worldwide Nevertheless, I highly recommend this volume as an ideal introduction to the subject for yourself or as a gift.
Purchased after finding on the shelves of my local libary I particularly like the title as it is unusually descriptive as the primary religious sect of the diverse and largely non literate Celtic culture Ogham is mentioned the druids are largely known about via writings in Latin, from unlikely pre invasion speculation through hostile military reports to condemnation by early Christians Essentially most of what is known comes from at best partial and at worse totally biassed sources For my money this slim, well illustrated book is a useful companion to Alice Roberts scholarly The Celts, and drawing much the same distinction between historic facts insofar as they are known and the reinvented, romantised ie made up version of history concocted in the recent past.
Green s World of the Druids looks at various sources of information about the ancient Druids, including archeology, history, folklore, and classical sources She relays recent discoveries, explains the origins of the Druids, their role in society, religion, prophesy and a sacrafice And, Green takes a look at Druids in the modern day.
This is a reasonably good introductory book on the Druids It does tend to brush over some areas without as much detail as some other books in an effort to appear credible, thus fresh ideas are somewhat lacking For those looking for of an introduction to Druid history, this abridged scaled down work is a bit easier than many other texts, but it may not serve as well for those with a solid grasp of Druidry and Celtic studies I personally find much of Miranda Green s work simply reiterates what is already commonly written by other authors, and I don t get much new out of her work, which is a shame given her enjoyable writing style.
Discussion analysis of Celtic mythology is relatively light, especially that from Non Irish sources, but her accounts and interpretation are considered standard by many Her account on women in Celtic Society, and as female Seers and Druidesses, she gives them an entire chapter is somewhat refreshing.
My only other complaint would be in her description of modern day Druids all being Neo Druids, and her promotion of a shared perception between Druids and Wiccans While they are quoted as being separate and distinct, the focus on Wiccan beliefs, rituals and coven membership seemed unnecessary in a scholary book I found it sad that the author felt the need to promote witchcraft in the form of Wicca, yet made no mention of Celtic witchcraft or magic, and shamanic practices for lack of a better term , which is laden throughout Celtic folklore, scarcely got a paragraph s mention, next to the five pages she dedicated to Wicca.
Mostly minor complaints aside, all in all, this is a good general book on Druidry, but I would recommend comparing it to other, detailed works, to fill in those areas where detail isn t as deep as it should be, comments are light, and varying interpretations are needed This book also does not hold up to her work on the Celts in general The Celtic World , but it s still reasonably good Just be sure to compare her offerings to that of others like Anne Ross, Alwyn Brinley Rees, Nora Chadwick and Peter Berresford Ellis, for a wider range of understanding and viewpoints on the Druids, and the Celts in General.
Miranda Green is probably the most knowledgeable scholar currently working on the Celtic Iron Age and has written numerous books on the period, so she was an obvious choice to write about the Druids for this series The series as a whole is designed to make history as accessible as possible to a wide readership, hence the ample illustrations and frequent use of text boxes to give something like a magazine style layout The illustrations are, on the whole, well chosen, many in colour and go well beyond the usual ones found in every other book on Druids The text is informative and informed by recent developments in the field of Celtic studies It is especially good on the archaeology and mythology One or two errors creep in in the section on modern Druidry, but this is hardly surprising It s difficult enough for modern Druids themselves to work out the difference between the Ancient Order of Druids and the Ancient Druid Order All in all, a very good, wide ranging, accessible introduction to the subject.
Do you have an interest in the druids past and present Do you want to know the facts, not someone s romanticized version of them Then this book is what you are looking for Dr Green presents the evidence with accuracy and sensitivity, describing what is known about the druids before the coming of Christianity which is actually very little , the evidence of the medieval tales and saints lives which is suspect , and the efforts to revive druidry since the Renaissance The illustrations are carefully described, appropriate to the text, and beautifully reproduced My only complaint is that Dr Green s description of modern druids mainly covers groups in the UK, with little acknowledgement that groups exist worldwide Nevertheless, I highly recommend this volume as an ideal introduction to the subject for yourself or as a gift.
Purchased after finding on the shelves of my local libary I particularly like the title as it is unusually descriptive as the primary religious sect of the diverse and largely non literate Celtic culture Ogham is mentioned the druids are largely known about via writings in Latin, from unlikely pre invasion speculation through hostile military reports to condemnation by early Christians Essentially most of what is known comes from at best partial and at worse totally biassed sources For my money this slim, well illustrated book is a useful companion to Alice Roberts scholarly The Celts, and drawing much the same distinction between historic facts insofar as they are known and the reinvented, romantised ie made up version of history concocted in the recent past.
Great book full of interesting information about the druids and the celts Recommended for those who like ancient and misterious cultures.
its not a bad book but i was looking for something a little simple and pratical rather than historic.
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 Th And Th Century Revivals, And Modern Beliefs The Bibliography Is Accompanied By A Directory Of Modern Druid Organizations What is A Druid Can we believe what Caesar wrote The problem is they left no written works, this book tries to explain who they were.
The World of the Druids is one of those books I checked out from the library and decided that I needed to own it In fact I believe I read it 5 times before recently purchasing it It is a very good overview of the Celts, their Druids, their gods, religion and society Included are also sections on modern day Druidism and even Neo Paganism The imagery, tables, and artwork add to the appeal of the book.
The World of the Druids is a great book for those interested in the Druids and of the Celts and those who would like solid information devoid of the romantic interpretation first put forward in the 18th century Don t get me wrong, the book does indeed touch on the romantic interpretations of the Druids yet separates such views to place them in context.
The book definitely clears up much misinformation on the Druids, their belief structures, and forms of worship Green is very careful to point out what we know and what we don t know concerning the Celts and their religion.
If you are fascinated by all things Celtic, Druidic, or even a lover of mythology, religion, and ancient history, then this is a book you will likely want to have in your collection.
My first impression of this book was, Oh, a nice coffee table converstaion starter True, it is lavishly illustrated and at first blush seems superficial However it contains a world of information and weaves into the tapestry the latest scholarship on the Celts and pre celts and their spiritual background which forms the founation for neo Druid practices and beliefs To anyone new come to the study of pagan Druid roots and background, this is a wonderful place to begin Ms Green has created a wonderful blend of the readable and profoundly informative in an attractive and approachable package.


its not a bad book but i was looking for something a little simple and pratical rather than historic.
Great book full of interesting information about the druids and the celts Recommended for those who like ancient and misterious cultures.
What is A Druid Can we believe what Caesar wrote The problem is they left no written works, this book tries to explain who they were.
The World of the Druids is one of those books I checked out from the library and decided that I needed to own it In fact I believe I read it 5 times before recently purchasing it It is a very good overview of the Celts, their Druids, their gods, religion and society Included are also sections on modern day Druidism and even Neo Paganism The imagery, tables, and artwork add to the appeal of the book.
The World of the Druids is a great book for those interested in the Druids and of the Celts and those who would like solid information devoid of the romantic interpretation first put forward in the 18th century Don t get me wrong, the book does indeed touch on the romantic interpretations of the Druids yet separates such views to place them in context.
The book definitely clears up much misinformation on the Druids, their belief structures, and forms of worship Green is very careful to point out what we know and what we don t know concerning the Celts and their religion.
If you are fascinated by all things Celtic, Druidic, or even a lover of mythology, religion, and ancient history, then this is a book you will likely want to have in your collection.
My first impression of this book was, Oh, a nice coffee table converstaion starter True, it is lavishly illustrated and at first blush seems superficial However it contains a world of information and weaves into the tapestry the latest scholarship on the Celts and pre celts and their spiritual background which forms the founation for neo Druid practices and beliefs To anyone new come to the study of pagan Druid roots and background, this is a wonderful place to begin Ms Green has created a wonderful blend of the readable and profoundly informative in an attractive and approachable package.