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The Celts: Uncovering the Mythic and Historic Origins of Western Culture Paperback – April 1, 1993
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The book by in large is mostly about applying interpretations of myths into glimpses of Celtic history. Although some of his thoughts are interesting, they are hypothetical at best, and ultimately unsuited to base a historical text upon (as this claims to be). For a similar example, the Norse/Germanic Fimbulvetr (winter lasting several years) is commonly believed to be based in memory of either the climate change in the 500's or perhaps a millennium earlier when the Nordic Bronze Age ended (at which time Scandinavia was mild enough to grow grapes). Although there might be truth in such a idea, no one can know with certainty enough to base any finite claims upon. Now, imagine an entire book filled with such mythological ideas and drawn conclusions about the Celts and you have this book.
If you purchase this book, do not weigh what it says heavily, it is not very scholarly and rather dated (original print is in the 1970's). I have also read that Markale had interest in the occult...which would explain much in the way of his mystical viewpoints and also should call into question his logic.
But I got somewhat bored with Markale's constant comparisons of Celtic myth figures to Biblical and Greco-Roman figures. Back in the days of Charles Squire this may have been necissary, but I found it tedious in this work. Not just tedious, but irrelevant and not slightly irritating.
If you can get past the many subtle personal commentary and criticism, the work has great merit. Markale is a notable historian and I especially recommend his work "The Druids".