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Short and perfect
on November 30, 2012
The book is a great introduction to the mysterious and fascinating Druids. What I like about Cunliffe's take in the book is that he lays out all the sources of information we have about the Druids from texts, archeology and folklore. He explains the textual traditions and their sources and how they developed over time, which is vital. He also goes deep in the archeology and shows how there was a long continuity of beliefs in prehistoric Britain and how truly ancient the Druidic tradition may have been. Even more intriguingly he explores the remarkably short time it took for the Druids to collapse as a political, social and religious force.
Then however he moves on to how the Druids developed a more modern mythology and how they came to capture a vivid place in the imagination of modern man. Druids: A very short introduction lives up to its title it is too short but what a wonderful introduction it is! After reading this book you will be able to sort through fact and fiction and come a much better idea of what and who the Druids really were. As I have often found fact is for more interesting than fiction.