Here are some of the best books on the Celts found on the market today. If you're serious about learning about the Ancient Celts and their culture this is the place to start...


The Ancient Celts
by Barry Cunliffe

"Cunliffe (archaeology, U. of Oxford) explores and interprets the physical evidence relating to the iron-age inhabitants of Europe. He traces the emergence of chiefdoms, patterns of expansion and migration, and the development of an urbanized society. He distinguishes between the ethnic Celts and the people subjected to Celtization. Highly illustrated in color and black and white."
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Paperback - 360 pages (February 28, 2000)
Penguin USA (Paper); ISBN: 0140254226

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The Celts
by Nora K. Chadwick, Barry Cunliffe (Introduction)

"The Celtic period was one of tremendous cultural expansion, the last phase of European material and intellectual development before the Mediterranean world spread northwards over the Continent and linked it to modern times. Nora Chadwick's classic survey traces the rise and spread of the Celts, from their arrival in the British Isles in about the eighth century BC to the gradual transformation of their culture, initially under the Romans and later the Saxons. A new introductory chapter by Barry Cunliffe discusses the origins of the Celts and gives a fascinating overview of the current issues under debate among scholars in the field."

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Paperback - 328 pages 2 Ed edition (January 1998)
Penguin USA (Paper); ISBN: 0140250743 ; Dimensions (in inches): 0.59 x 7.78 x 5.11

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The Celts : Uncovering the Mythic and Historic Origins of Western Culture
by Jean Markale

"A cornerstone of western civilization and the major source of its social, political, and literary values, Celtic civilization occupied the whole of western Europe for more than a millenium and, unlike the Middle Eastern forerunners of the Greco-Roman world, is still alive today. Historians have tended to accord the Celts a place of minor significance in comparison to the Romans when, in fact, the shamanic, mythical, and spiritual traditions of the Western world have their roots in Celtic culture. Regarding myth as an indispensable branch of history, Markale has thoroughly explored Celtic mythology to reveal the culture that gave rise to it. The Celts, one of the most comprehensive treatments of this subject ever written, firmly aligns the Celtic peoples as the primary European precursor to Greco-Roman sovereignty, restoring Celtic culture to its true importance in the development of European civilization. The new historical vision that emerges is both convincing and exciting."

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Paperback - 320 pages Reissue edition (March 1993)
Inner Traditions Intl Ltd; ISBN: 0892814136 ; Dimensions (in inches): 1.02 x 8.99 x 6.03

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The Druids : Celtic Priests of Nature
by Jean Markale, Jon Graham (Translator)

A comprehensive and revealing look at the druids and their fundamental role in Celtic society that dispels many of the misconceptions about these important religious figures and their doctrine. Written by the world's leading authority on Celtic culture. Druidism was one of the greatest and most exalting adventures of the human spirit, attempting to reconcile the unreconcilable, the individual and the collective, creator and created, good and evil, day and night, past and future, and life and death. Because of the oral nature of Celtic civilization our understanding of its spiritual truths and rituals is necessarily incomplete. Yet evidence exists that can provide the modern reader with a better understanding of the doctrine that took druidic apprentices 20 years to learn in the remote forests of the British Isles and Gaul. Using the descriptions of the druids and their beliefs provided by the historians and chroniclers of classic antiquity--as well as those recorded by the insular Celts themselves when compelled, under Christianity's influence, to utilize writing to preserve their ancestral traditions--Jean Markale painstakingly pieces together all that is known for certain about them. The druids were more than simply the priests of the Celtic people; their influence extended to all aspects of Celtic life. The Druids covers everything concerning the Celtic religious domain, intellectual speculations, cultural or magical practices, various beliefs, and the so-called profane sciences that have come down from the Celtic priesthood.

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Paperback - 276 pages 1 Us Ed edition (February 1999)
Inner Traditions Intl Ltd; ISBN: 0892817038 ; Dimensions (in inches): 0.69 x 5.97 x 9.03

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The World of the Celts
by Simon James

"This comprehensive survey with over 300 illustrations chronicles all aspects of Celtic history and culture, from their rise in 500 B.C. to the post-Roman Celtic renaissance when literature and craftsmanship flourished. Highlights Celtic life under Roman rule, the continuing traditions of the Celts in Ireland after A.D. 400, and more. Color & b&w photos & illus."

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Hardcover - 192 pages (October 1993)
Thames & Hudson; ISBN: 0500050678 ; Dimensions (in inches): 0.95 x 9.85 x 7.71

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The World of the Druids
by Miranda J. Green

"In 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 societyfulfilling varied and necessary roles, both secular and religious. The Roman writers are seen to reflect the double standards of an invading society: condemning as barbaric the public sacrifice of enemies by the Druids while accepting as civilized their own practice of slaughter for sport in the arena. Yet the Classical sources can be used to help reveal the real Druids. We learn of their multiple roles as judges, teachers, healers, magicians, philosophers, religious leaders and fomenters of rebellion."

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Hardcover - 192 pages (June 1997)
Thames & Hudson; ISBN: 050005083X ; Dimensions (in inches): 0.87 x 9.87 x 7.69

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The Druids
by Peter Berresford Ellis

"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."

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Paperback - 304 pages Reprint edition (June 1998)
Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co.; ISBN: 0802841589 ; Dimensions (in inches): 0.90 x 9.24 x 6.27

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Dictionary of Celtic Myth and Legend
by Miranda J. Green

"Warlike, exuberant, and superstitious, the ancient Celts saw divinities in every facet of life and nature, venerating deities of the sun, thunder, water, war, healing, hunting, fertility, and death. A powerful priesthood presided over much of their religious life. The DICTIONARY OF CELTIC MYTH AND LEGEND covers ever aspect of Celtic myth, religion, and folklore in Britain and Europe between 500 B.C. and A.D. 400. 243 illustrations. 240 pp"

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Paperback - 240 pages (November 1997)
Thames & Hudson; ISBN: 0500279756 ; Dimensions (in inches): 0.61 x 9.52 x 6.27

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The Chronicles of the Celts : New Tellings of Their Myths and Legends
by Peter Berrisford Ellis

"The Chronicles of the Celts is a new collection of the stirring sagas of gods and goddesses, heroes and heroines, magical weapons, fabulous beasts and entities from the ancient Celtic world."

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Hardcover - 544 pages 1 Carroll edition (April 1999)
Carroll & Graf; ISBN: 0786706066 ; Dimensions (in inches): 1.56 x 9.43 x 6.36

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