- Hardcover: 176 pages
- Publisher: Summit Books; 1st edition (1989)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0671695363
- ISBN-13: 978-0671695361
- Product Dimensions: 9.5 x 0.5 x 6.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,392,365 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Life and Death of a Druid Prince: The Story of Lindow Man an Archaeological Sensation Hardcover – 1989
From Publishers Weekly
In 1984, the 2000-year-old upper torso of a Druid victim of ritual sacrifice was found preserved in England's Lindow Moss peat bog. This book blends fact and speculation as it traces "Lindow Man's" beliefs and final days. Illustrated. (July) no PW review
Copyright 1991 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
From Library Journal
The discovery of a 2000-year-old man's body in a peat bog in Lindow Moss, near Manchester, England on August 1, 1984 brought the authors together to study his remains, specifically his last meal. Ross is a Celtic specialist and archaeologist; Robins a chemist specializing in archaeological work. Their collaboration has resulted in this engrossing archaeological study which unfolds like a well-told detective story. With clarity and scientific skill, they reconstruct the ritual sacrifice of this 30-year-old man they deduce to have been a Celtic aristocrat. Probably a Druid priest, the man was sacrificed to the gods in A.D. 60 in the wake of a series of disasters, including the advance of Roman armies bent on crushing the Druids. The appendixes provide an overview of the Druids--their institutions, beliefs, and archaeological remains. An engrossing work for laypersons and specialists alike.
- Joan W. Gartland, Detroit P.L.
Copyright 1990 Reed Business Information, Inc.
Top Customer Reviews
Towords the end of the book, the authors get a bit speculative, but they're up front about this, and careful to seperate what's known from what is more conjectural. The authors' scientific training shows in the care they take to make the distinction clear.
Why this book went out of print when so many purely speculative books that aren't have as thrilling is certainly a mystery to me. If you have any interest in Celtic or Druid history, or in British legends, or in cultural and phsyical anthropology, get this book. If it doesn't go back into print soon, chase down a used copy. It's that good.
I note that this small book could be classified as a work of "popular archeology" about "Lindow Man," and not to be too harsh or over critical, but I suspect that it was presented as such because it could not pass muster as a work of actual academic archeology, to be submitted to, evaluated by a panel of peer reviewers, and accepted by prominent archeological journals or publishers because, it just doesn't have the necessary academic rigor or proof sufficient to back up the book's claims and dizzying leaps in logic. This in contrast to "Martin's Hundred," a book I recently reviewed here, detailing 1970s archeological discoveries about the lives of the earliest settlers in Virginia, and the researcher's patient, painstaking, meticulous archeological work, and his learned, careful, and cautious conclusions, which were backed up by careful and exhaustive scholarship.
"The Life and Death of a Druid Prince," though interesting, is one of the increasing number of such speculative works I have seen, and a few read, over the years (the gigantic leaps in logic found in books like von Daniken's "Chariots of the Gods" come to mind) which take suppositions and assertions-usually not backed up by a lot of facts--presented in one chapter--and then transmutes them into accepted "facts" in the next, treats those facts as having been proven, and then moves on to repeat the process in the succeeding chapters, until in the end--hoping that you have not caught on to all of the intellectual trapeze work they have done--the authors present the flimsy castle of suppositions they have built as being solid.Read more ›
My only quibble is that, as other reviewers have mentioned, the last 1/3 of the book the authors lose their narrow focus and go off on all sorts of speculation involving the druids in general - that part isn't nearly as interesting.
If you like this book, the closest analaogy I can recommend is to books describing how much information archaelogists have wrung out of Lucy, the Nariokotome (sp?) boy, etc. - this book reminded me of those.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Loved it. The ancient Celts were real, and this book shows it.Published 19 months ago by Frances E. Barrack
This book is one of the select few that I have read multiple times and plan to read again. I have been interested in all things British, Celtic mythology, pagan origins of holiday... Read morePublished on June 11, 2013 by AB
This is one of the best books I've read. It reads like a detective novel and is hard to put down once you've started it. Read morePublished on January 25, 2013 by Deborah M. Roeckelein
I have been fascinated with bog bodies for as long as I can remember, and I find this book to be an excellent read. Read morePublished on September 13, 2011 by Abiogenetic Pumpkin
How could some one possible start with a peice of burned pancake and go to a full blown recreation of a person's life and last moments of death? Read morePublished on July 8, 2007 by Abeer A. E. Alkhamees
A friend of mine gave me this one a number of years ago, and I placed it with my stack of "books to read" and, well, to make a long story short, it got lost in the... Read morePublished on November 3, 2004 by D. Blankenship