This dramatic history traces the mysterious Celts from their dark origins, including Druids and King Arthur, right across Britain and Europe and looking at their beliefs, cultures and arts as well as their warring and expansion.
The resurgence of Celtic identity in Britain and Europe has revitalized interest in Celtic history. At the same time, developments in genetics and archaeology have led to it becoming an arena of serious controversy. John Hayward explores the changing identity of Europe's Celtic speaking peoples through history, both as they saw themselves and as others saw them. Covering continental Europe, Britain and Ireland, and the present day Celtic global diaspora, this is a vibrant and meticulously researched account.
Introduction 1. Origins of the Celts 2. The Great Migrations 3. The La Tène World 4. The Celts and the Roman Republic 5. Caesar's Conquest of Gaul 6. The Limits of Empire 7. The Celts int he Roman World 8. The Making and Breaking of Wales 9. Alba 10. Ireland and its invaders 11. The Land Facing the Sea 12. England's Celtic Ulcer 13. The End of the Clan System 14. The Celtic Revival 15. The Celtic Diaspora 16. The Celts Today