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The truth is more interesting. The Irish, as the authors show, are not even Celtic in an archaeological sense. And there were plenty of bishops in Ireland before a British missionary called Patrick arrived. But In Search of Ancient Ireland is not simply the story of events from long ago. Across Ireland today are ancient sites and folk customs that provide tangible links to events thousands of years past. The authors visit and describe many of these places, talking to a wide variety of historians, archeologists and language scholars, in the very settings where history happened. Thus the book is also a journey on the ground to uncover ten thousand years of Irish identity. It is all here, from the Celtic culture to the rise of the uniquely Irish Christian spirituality to the final chapter which deals with the complex events that lead to the English invasion of the island.
In Search of Ancient Ireland is the official companion to the PBS series of the same name. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
I'm enjoying this book. It has a lot of history without it feeling like a history book. The author teams up with archaeologists who visit different sites and talk about those sites... Read morePublished 6 days ago by Amazon Customer
Very informative, easy to read, full of interesting information.Published 12 days ago by DeWayne Landwehr
Well and entertainingly written on the basis of reliable sources, usually starting topics with the description of a visit with experts (archaeologists, historians ... Read morePublished 13 days ago by Christoph Jungen
very enjoyable and informative on history I did not knowPublished 1 month ago by Marianne McCormack
The book arrived on time, as promised, and in excellent condition. The reading is kind of "dry", as books go, but it is a companion to a series, so the I probably need to... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Rebecca Wade-Ellison
This book goes into great detail untangling myth from truth. It would have been a less tedious read at times for two reasons. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Finn
Not often you read something this well-written. This book really surprised me. I expected it to be average - it was sensational. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Wendy Keller
I have the DVD as well. I liked the pre-Christian part better than the second half but it provided some great background information for my recent trip.Published 2 months ago by Kathleen B. Connolly