By John King
With their energetic and certain tradition -- wealthy in tune, paintings, and language -- the Celts have captured the mind's eye of individuals during the international. yet who precisely are they, the place have been their earliest kingdoms, and the way did their spiritual and social practices strengthen? This "guidebook" to Celtic heritage lines in attention-grabbing aspect their origins in Europe (including the identify "Celt" itself); old descriptions in their visual appeal and behaviour; their social constitution; and their migration from los angeles Tene, Switzerland, to the British Isles. pictures of warrior kings and queens, the mythical, chivalric King Arthur, and the Welsh and Breton royal dynasties vividly catch their personalities and the worlds during which they lived. all through, photographs and illustrations demonstrate artifacts, art, and maps, in addition to Celtic poetry and full of life excerpts from historic money owed.
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