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The Celtic world : an illustrated history, 700 B.C. to the present
Lavin, Patrick.
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New York : Hippocrene Books, [1999]

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xv, 191 pages : illustrations, maps ; 19 cm
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Lavin leads the reader on an entertaining and informative journey through 150 captivating pages of Celtic history, culture, and tradition. This is a book to be enjoyed by all readers, from young scholars to those simply interested in Celtic history. Here is the perfect gift idea, a reference guide for travellers, and a concise yet insightful survey of Celtic history.

Author Notes

Patrick Lavin was born in County Roscommon, Ireland. He is a graduate of California State University (Northridge), and is retired from service with the United States Government. An avid history enthusiast, he spends his retirement years researching Celtic and Irish history and writing nonfiction books and articles. He currently resides in Tucson, Arizona.

Table of Contents

Introductionp. xi
Mapsp. xiii
Chapter 1 The Cradle of Celtic Civilizationp. 1
Historical Sourcesp. 3
Who are the Celts?p. 4
Emergence of the Hallstatt Culturep. 5
The La Tene Erap. 7
The Celtic Languagep. 11
Chapter 2 Celtic Expansionp. 13
First Roman Encounterp. 14
Galatiap. 15
Iberian Peninsulap. 16
Gaulp. 16
Britain and Irelandp. 17
The Pan-Celtic Worldp. 18
Chapter 3 Collapse of the Celtic Worldp. 19
Offensive from Germanic Tribesp. 19
The Roman Offensivep. 22
Celti-Iberian Resistancep. 25
The British Campaignp. 26
Celtic Heritage Lives Onp. 27
Chapter 4 Celtic Britainp. 29
Primordial Inhabitantsp. 30
The Atlantic Peripheryp. 31
Early Celtic-Speaking Tribes in Britainp. 33
Celtic-Speaking Colonistsp. 35
Caesar's Incursions into Britainp. 37
Roman Conquest of Britainp. 39
Exit Romans, Enter Germanic Tribesmenp. 44
Scotlandp. 49
Chapter 5 Celtic Irelandp. 53
Mythical Irelandp. 54
Archaeological Sourcesp. 57
Classical Referencesp. 60
The Emergence of Celtic Irelandp. 62
First Wave: Priteni Colonistsp. 63
Second Wave: Euerni Colonistsp. 63
Third Wave: Laighin Colonistsp. 65
Arrival of the Gaelsp. 66
The Melting Potp. 67
Emergence of the Connachta Dynastyp. 69
Emergence of the Ui Neill Dynastyp. 69
Sovereignty and Coexistencep. 71
Chapter 6 Institutions and Way of Lifep. 75
Social Groupingp. 76
Tribal Relationshipsp. 77
Brehon Lawsp. 79
Administration of Justicep. 80
Selecting Leadersp. 81
Warfarep. 85
Chapter 7 Druidism and the Druidsp. 87
Celtic Deitiesp. 89
Places of Worshipp. 93
Role of the Druidsp. 96
Druidism in Irelandp. 97
Druidic Teaching and Practicesp. 100
Druidic Religious Observancesp. 101
Christianity Replaces Druidismp. 102
Ireland: The Spread of Celtic Christianityp. 105
Culture and Enterprisep. 106
Chapter 8 Celtic Art and Literaturep. 109
Continental La Tene Artp. 112
British La Tene Art Traditionp. 114
Irish Celtic Art Traditionp. 118
The Illuminated Manuscriptp. 129
Chapter 9 Ireland's Heroic Agep. 135
The Story of the Tain Bo Cuailngep. 136
The Cycle of Finn and the Fenap. 146
Arthurian Talesp. 149
Chapter 10 The Insular Celts: the Last Bulwarkp. 155
Walesp. 156
Scotlandp. 158
Brittanyp. 161
Ireland: The Long and Bloody Declinep. 162
The Anglo-Normansp. 164
King Henry IIp. 165
Decline of Anglo-Norman Power-- 13th and 14th Centuriesp. 167
King Henry VIII--A New Offensive Begins (1509-1547)p. 168
Wars and More Wars--17th Centuryp. 170
The Collapse of Celtic Irelandp. 171
Chapter 11 Re-Flowering of Celtic Culturep. 173
Irish-Celtic Literary Renaissancep. 174
Chronologyp. 179
Bibliographyp. 183
Indexp. 187
About the Authorp. 191