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Sub-titled 'Mapping the Lost World of the Celts'. Step aside Tolkein because the real Middle Earth is explained in this treasure hunt of a book. This is an intelligent exploration of the world through the eyes of the Celts. Graham Robb aims to re-establish the ingenuity of the Celtic tribes who time left out of our history books, delving into the methods and geography of people who chose to pass their knowledge of the world down through brain tissue rather than stone work, and deciphering artefacts such as mechanical water clocks or a Christian author of 'The Martyrology of Oengus' 's unintentional history of Iron Age Ireland in order to understand the machinations of Celtic society. 50 generations ago their cultural empire stretched from the Black Sea to the Scottish Highlands. Learn about the Middle Earth in which we live now, and discover the road to the ends of the earth, ranging from Sagres in Spain, across the Pyrenees, to the Alps. Myths will be uncovered celebrating the whimsy behind our land, patterns of our towns, and holy places based on astronomical measurements, including the belief that Dinas Emrys is where King Llud buried the dragons below Mount Snowdon. Added to these extraordinary insights, paths of the sun and descriptions of the movement of civilisations are displayed in brilliant, clear diagrams and illustrations with maps of Bohemia's 'oppida' or Caesar's movements in Gaul and Britain, and explanations of Druidic imagery such as the face of the Aylesford Bucket or the carving of the Gundestrup Cauldron. Paperback, images, 394pp.

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