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The Book of Druidry Hardcover – March 9, 2009

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The most comprehensive survey of Druidry available, from their earliest history to the current renaissance--including a study of the shaping of their ideas, their principal deities and myths, their learning and social organization, and more. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Castle Books (March 9, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0785824952
  • ISBN-13: 978-0785824954
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 6.4 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #826,288 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Robert A. Hans on July 12, 2000
Format: Paperback
Modern druidry traces its roots to the early 1700's and that is the tradition that this book is about. The Order of Bards, Ovates, and Druids is still around and going strong and this book seems to be an introduction to the Order.
All that aside, it is a good read. A wealth of ideas, this book can be one step on your spiritual path. Or it can be just an interesting book about modern druids. Regardless of your beliefs, if you have any interest in the subject this is a good book.
There are many other books available if you are interested in historical druids- "The Druids" by Stuart Piggott, for example.
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This book is a must-have not because of its many historical/archeological inaccuracies but because it was one of the first produced by someone in recent history proclaiming to be following a Druidic Way. No one truly knows what the ancient druids did or believed with any exactness. It's left up to Anthropology and its constant flux of theories in order to interpret archeological finds versus historical documents and data to come up with a possible answer. Even so, no Anthropologist will tell you that there science leads to truth.

I think that some reviewers think other folk are stupid. The title of this book gives it all away. This is a book about "Druidry" and not really about the ancient historical persons known as druids. I had no misconceptions when reading this book. I knew it was a modern/romantic view of the druid religion through the eyes of someone who was part of the Ancient Order of Druids as well as the Martinist Order. As far as I know Ross Nichols was not a historian with a PhD from Oxford with scholarly publications in peer reviewed journals. As such I do not expect that kind of scholarly material in his work. I look more for the history of romantic Druidry and a peek into his spiritual path. I also expect to find (within this book) the cumulative lore and rituals as found within the AOD and his OBOD.

Purchase this book before it goes out of print!
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By A Customer on January 10, 1998
Format: Paperback
The Book of Druidry was essentially the life work of the author (published posthumously) and represents a maximum attempt to catalogue and share the collective of what we know about the ancient Druids. It reads somewhat like an encyclopaedia or almanac with the reader able to look-up items of particular interest (e.g. sacred sites such as Stonehenge) or read straight-through, cover-to-cover. Given the number of bogus (revisionist) works in print purporting to inform us about druidry or druidism (as it is sometimes also called), some of which claim access to secret or otherwise sacred texts, etc. (which is complete bull-manure), enough cannot be said about a work like this which has both scholarly merit and general appeal. Buy it and see for yourself!
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By A Customer on June 5, 1998
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Strangely enough, there is some fact out there in the massive amounts of ficticous information concerning Druidry. This is not one of those romantic fictitions written to embrace a genre and make money, but is a very thorough account of history, geography, lore, and wisdom beheld from many (as in probably all) historical sources. Well worth the money, and ESSENTIAL reading for druids.
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There are different opinions about Druidry regarding history, accuracy and applicability for today's post-modern world. The fact is, druidry is not very well known. To get any facts about the Druids of the past, one must rely on archaeology and what contemporaries of that time period wrote. Since Celtic society was not too keen on keeping written records when the Druids ruled the roost, a lot of our information concerning them comes from second hand, indirect experiences. Perhaps the only exception to this rule would be Julius Caesar, who had to deal with the politics of Druidism while trying to conquer the Celtic lands for Rome and had to deal with them in an almost direct way.

With that said, Druidry is perhaps one of the most romanticized group of people known to mankind. A little after the Renaissance period of Europe, some British antiquarians were experimenting with a time that Great Britain had a golden age and longed to return there. Every attempt to find scant knowledge of Druidry was made and sure enough, some was even invented to make a complete history. Some authorities have decided to fill in the blanks, so to speak and this resulted in a movement known today as the Druid Revival Movement. The Order of Druids that the author, Ross Nichols, was exposed to had it's roots in this revival. This does explain why a lot of Druids in America are somewhat disappointed with the book. A lot of archaeology evidence that we have now that supplies us with information regarding the Druids of the ancient past simply did not exist at the time Nichols was alive.

Does this make Revival Druidry wrong in of itself? By no means!
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Very detailed overview of Druidry from its possible beginnings through age of darkness to renaissance. He goes into important authors, former chief Druids of OBOD, important trees, mythology. solar and agricultural celebrations, important monolith circles and more. This man is extremely knowledgeable. When explaining culture he compares and contrasts with Egyptian, Indian and more. I found myself having to reread certain passages to understand what he was saying. I wouldn't describe this as light reading. His measurements and insights into Stonehenge are overwhelming. Mr. Nichols does use the word "probably" frequently to string together some assumptions. I'm not knowledgeable enough to critique him but this book seems to be relevant three decades after his death. Many thanks to John Matthews and Phillip Carr-Gomm for pulling together Ross Nichols manuscripts, hand-written notes and whatever to assemble this book.This book is probably as important to the foundation of Druidism as 'Witchcraft Today " by Gerald Gardner is to Wicca. Naturally these two were friends.
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