Saturday 19 June 2010

Druids: A Very Short Introduction

I've just received a review copy of a new book called Druids: A Very Short Introductionby Barry Cunliffe, which is published by Oxford University Press.

Barry Cunliffe is Emeritus Professor of European Archaeology at Oxford. He is the Commissioner of English Heritage and has been a Trustee of the British Museum, Governor of the Museum of London and President of the Society of Antiquaries.

The blurb that came with the book says:

"The Druids first came into focus in Western Europe - Gaul, Britain, and Ireland - in the second century BC. They are a popular subject; they have been known and discussed for over 2,000 years and few figures flit so elusively through history. They are enigmatic and puzzling, partly because of the lack of knowledge about them has resulted in a wide spectrum of interpretations.

"Barry Cunliffe takes the reader through the evidence relating to the Druids, trying to decide what can be said and what can't be said about them. He examines why the nature of the druid caste changed quite dramatically over time, and how successive generations have interpreted the phenomenon in very different ways."
I'm very much looking forward to reading this book - which seems appropriate to be doing over the Summer Solstice. When I've read it, I'll review it on A Bad Witch's Blog.

Druids: A Very Short Introductionis available to order through Amazon

Druids: A Very Short Introduction

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