Blood of the Celts: The New Ancestral Story

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Blood of the Celts: The New Ancestral Story

Blood of the Celts The New Ancestral Story Blood of the Celts brings together genetic archaeological and linguistic evidence to address the often debated question who were the Celts What peoples or cultural identities should that term descri

  • Title: Blood of the Celts: The New Ancestral Story
  • Author: Jean Manco
  • ISBN: 9780500051832
  • Page: 262
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Blood of the Celts brings together genetic, archaeological, and linguistic evidence to address the often debated question who were the Celts What peoples or cultural identities should that term describe And did they in fact inhabit the British Isles before the Romans arrived Author Jean Manco challenges existing accounts of the origins of the Celts, providing a new anaBlood of the Celts brings together genetic, archaeological, and linguistic evidence to address the often debated question who were the Celts What peoples or cultural identities should that term describe And did they in fact inhabit the British Isles before the Romans arrived Author Jean Manco challenges existing accounts of the origins of the Celts, providing a new analysis that draws on the latest discoveries as well as ancient history.In a novel approach, the book opens with a discussion of early medieval Irish and British texts, allowing the Celts to speak in their own words and voices It then traces their story back in time into prehistory to their deepest origins and their ancestors, before bringing the narrative forward to the present day Each chapter also has a useful summary in bullet points to aid the reader and highlight the key facts in the story.

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    1. Judyta Szaciłło on said:

      It's great to see a measured summary of the century-long discussion of what 'Celtic' really means, updated with the details of DNA research. There are bits and bobs missing from this discussion, I think, but there is no point in dwelling on them - they are minor issues. The book is well-written and conveniently structured; it can interest a non-professional reader, too, and that is what really counts.

    2. Renée on said:

      Interesting but sometimes she tends to jump to conclusions that one would rather see further explained, as if it was written in haste.

    3. M. Apple on said:

      This book is filled with incredible information about the history of the Celtic-speaking peoples.Unfortunately, this book is very poorly written and generally reads like a book edited by a strict grammarian with little sense of style. Additionally, the Y-DNA information is simply dumped into boxes on random pages with very little explanation after the initial occurrance in Chapter 1. As a basica introduction to Celtic history this book has some appeal and the author deserves credit for attemptin [...]

    4. Hunter on said:

      Good presentation of the complexities involved in ascribing identities to populations of bronze age Europe. Genetics and linguistics seems solid based on my understanding. In general, every time the author presented a viewpoint that I didn't find valid the author also concluded it was not valid, citing evidenced-based reasons.I wasn't into the last half of the book about medieval Ireland and its folklore but that's just me. It's fair to include given the topic.

    5. Folmer on said:

      The focus of the book is about origin of the Celts, who where they and where did they come from.Based on DNA analysis, archaeological finds, language analysis and classical records the author arguments where the ancestors of the Celts came from, so he tells about the pre-historic clans to which the Celts can be linked, about the Yamna culture, Bell Beaker culture etc. Whilst doing this the language is also used to establish links between cultures. The author talks for example about Proto Indo Eu [...]

    6. Alison on said:

      This book might be a good, current introduction for someone who wants to know what their Celtic heritage is likely to mean, or to gain a good overview of the topic. It tackles various aspects of the Celtic story, from ProtoIndoEuropean through Bell-Beaker Pottery Culture, down to Roman times and beyond.The problem that I had was that most of these topics are covered in more depth and no less currency elsewhere, making this a kind of awkward synthesis of scholarship on a range of European pre-his [...]

    7. Mark on said:

      So, really interested in this topic, especially the very recent DNA evidence on Celtic origins and how well it corresponds to other linguistic and archaeological evidence. BUT, several things spoiled it for me. First, I would not escape the feeling that some cultural approbation was going on; the author (who seems to be British) kept referring to Ireland as the British Isles and lumping Britons and Irish Celts in one bag (insular celts). All in all it seemed to be saying, to me, these Paddies ar [...]

    8. Pamela on said:

      Blood of the Celts is an excellent and comprehensive resource for those with a desire to understand more about the life and heritage of the Celts. The book is especially useful as a reference tool for genealogists with interesting information available through recent genetic discoveries. I received this book at no cost through Giveaways.

    9. Alvaro Espírito Santo on said:

      As an introdution to Celtic history this book is quite good. It gives the reader a solid background for further studies. As new DNA evidence corroborates or totally shaters some entrenched beliefs, both students and scholars will need to develop some new sense of "the possible" in order to stay informed and correct.

    10. Leslie on said:

      I received this as part of a giveaway promotion. As a student of history, this is a valuable resource. There is a lot of confusion regarding Celtic history and their resulting disbursement and while it can never be fully clarified without tons of trips in a time machine, this book takes an interesting approach to attempting that very thing.

    11. Jenju on said:

      I probably only absorbed 10% if this book. It is a very technical work using DNA, language, pottery and jewelry to update knowledge about who and where the celts were. I'm still not clear on this. I would have like more druid stuff, but I may start wearing torcs.

    12. Andy Iakobson on said:

      Really like the way the content was organized in this book -- have read some other early european history books (or any early history books really) and they left me confused at parts. This was pretty clear, with illustrations and maps for added detail.

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