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Seller: ancientgifts (4,385) 100%, Location: Lummi Island, Washington, Ships to: Worldwide, Item: 381822297343 Click here to see 1,000 archaeology/ancient history books and 2,000 ancient artifacts, antique gemstones, antique jewelry! Kingdoms of the Celts: A History and Guide by John King. DESCRIPTION: Hardback with Dust Jacket: 256 pages. Publisher: Blandford; (2000).The Ancient Celts placed a special trust in their kings and queens. They believed them to be personifications of powerful divine forces ruling the land, bringing fertility and prosperity to the tribe or nation. As the Celtic kingdoms grew, from Gaul in the west to Galatia in Asia Minor in the east, and especially in the Celtic dynasties of Britain and Ireland, the values that sustained these kingdoms gradually permeated western culture. These values included respect for truth and correct utterance, for fairness, just punishment and equality under the law, for courage and steadfastness, loyalty and honor. Through the legends of King Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table, the ancient Celtic values became embedded in the medieval tradition of chivalry, and they survive to this day in many aspects of western social life and thought, from common case law to international diplomacy. The contribution made to the shaping of the modern world by the great Celtic kingdoms should not be underestimated. Kingdoms of the Celts traces the rise and fall of the great Celtic dynasties and their famous kings and queens: Vercingetorix, Vortigern, Boudica, Cartimandua, Arthur, Cinnead MacAlpin, Brian Boru, Rhodri Mawr, Owain Glyn Dwr. From brutish pre-Roman tribal warrior-kings and warrior-queens to the effete lairds of the nineteenth-century Scottish Highlands, there runs a continuous thread of Celtic identity to which we are still connected. Celtic culture is alive and thriving in Ireland, Scotland, Man, Wales, Cornwall, Brittany and Galicia. The modern British monarchy, struggling to reshape its public image, reminds us that once there were kings and queens for whom the people had abundant, overflowing devotion. CONDITION: Unblemished excepting a bit of edge and corner shelfwear to dustjacket, and a bit of edge and corner shelfwear to the covers as well. There's a very small little dent to the top edge of the front and back cover, very small, almost unnoticeable, where it appears perhaps the book was bumped against the edge of a book shelf when being shelved or re-shelved in the book store. and covers, almost imperceptible. Pages are pristine; clean, crisp, unmarked, unmutilated, tightly bound, unambiguously unread. Condition is quite consistent with new stock from an open-shelf book store (such as Barnes & Noble, for instance) wherein patrons are permitted to browse open stock, and so otherwise "new" books often show a little handling/shelf wear. Satisfaction guaranteed. In stock, ready to ship. No disappointments, no excuses. PLEASE SEE IMAGES BELOW FOR SAMPLE PAGES FROM INSIDE OF BOOK. PLEASE SEE PUBLISHER, PROFESSIONAL, AND READER REVIEWS BELOW. PUBLISHER REVIEW: REVIEW: Trace the rise and fall of the great Celtic dynasties, from brutish pre-Roman tribal warrior-kings and queens to the effete lairds of 19th-century Scotland. Explore the history and legacy of Arthur, Cinnead MacAlpin, Brian Boru, and other legendary figures who ruled from Gaul to Galatia to Britain and Ireland. See clearly why these monarchs inspired such trust and devotion in their people, and why the ancient Celtic kingdoms have left a significant mark on the modern world. John King, whose previously published work includes plays, poetry, translations, fiction, and non-fiction is the author of Blandford’s “The Celtic Druids’ Year” and “The Modern Numerology”. He is a Bard of the Cornish Gorsedh and a fluent Cornish speaker. He is headmaster of a school for learning-disabled adolescents in Washington State, USA. PROFESSIONAL REVIEWS: REVIEW: Interest in things Celtic has grown in the last generation, with an increasingly political aspect, for example in the establishment of a Scottish Parliament and the enhanced status granted to the Welsh language. The claims of the Celtic nations often stem from medieval and earlier events, many of which are poorly documented. King, a writer, teacher, and speaker of Cornish, a Celtic language revived in this century, has written a readable and informative introduction to the Celtic kingdoms. He gives clear descriptions of distant and complicated periods and also discusses major mythological or semi-historical figures like Cuhullain and King Arthur. Most titles in the field cover a specific area, but King provides a more general survey, discussing not only Ireland, Scotland, and Wales but Brittany and Cornwall as well as the ancient tribes of Galatia, Gaul, and Britain. The book includes helpful maps, illustrations, and reasonable notes for a general work, plus several lists, such as the Irish High Kings and principal Scottish clans. Highly recommended for those with an interest in Celtic history. REVIEW: New edition of a successful and praised book conveys sound historical information and explains real legacy and mythological representations of Celtic kingship Highly recommended status from Library Journal when published/distributed in the USA. READER REVIEWS: REVIEW: I found this to be an excellently researched book. I always enjoy John King's work on subjects Celtic. I find it ironic that someone who is a self-styled "iron age archaeologist" to be so ignorant of their subject. No one is exactly sure when or where the Celtic people came from. The earliest evidence goes back as far as 1200 B.C. Most begin counting the Celts as a people and a distinct culture from the Hallstatt era where we have evidence of trade in salt from 1000 B.C. One could even go so far as to say that Celtic culture still exists. If you asked those fighting for Scottish or Irish independence and their own Parliaments they would give you a good argument for it. The Celts could hardly be said to have gone unnoticed for centuries. From the medieval period on the British did their damnedest to practice wholesale genocide and oppression of the Celtic people of the former countries of Wales, Scotland, Ireland, Cornwall and the Islands. Yes, the Celtic people adapted to those who invaded their homelands from the Romans to the Saxons to the Christian missionaries. However, they usually left just as big an imprint on those who conquered. The Christian monks of the Medieval period have recorded for eternity the beliefs and myths of the Celtic people. The tales of King Arthur and many modern folktales have Celtic roots. For an iron age culture the Celtic people have had enormous impact on us, their descendants, even to this day. Mr. King's book is a tribute to the undying spirit of the Celtic people. It is a must read for those interested in the beliefs and practices of the Celts and their legacy to us. They have shaped our modern ideas and ideals more than we might realize. REVIEW: The most comprehensive history of the Celts I've seen yet. Even as a college major in Medieval History, I found much about the amazing Celts that I had never heard before. Well documented and scholarly without being a bore. Fascinating reading for anyone who thinks he knows the Celts. I always ship books Media Mail in a padded mailer. This book is shipped FOR FREE via USPS INSURED media mail (“book rate”). All domestic shipments and most international shipments will include free USPS Delivery Confirmation (you might be able to update the status of your shipment on-line at the USPS Web Site and free insurance coverage). A small percentage of international shipments may require an additional fee for tracking and/or delivery confirmation. If you are concerned about a little wear and tear to the book in transit, I would suggest a boxed shipment - it is an extra $1.00. Whether via padded mailer or box, we will give discounts for multiple purchases. International orders are welcome, but shipping costs are substantially higher. Most international orders cost an additional $12.99 to $33.99 for an insuredshipment in a heavily padded mailer, and typically includes some form of rudimentary tracking and/or delivery confirmation (though for some countries, this is only available at additional cost). There is also a discount program which can cut postage costs by 50% to 75% if you’re buying about half-a-dozen books or more (5 kilos+). Rates and available services vary a bit from country to country. You can email or message me for a shipping cost quote, but I assure you they are as reasonable as USPS rates allow, and if it turns out the rate is too high for your pocketbook, we will cancel the sale at your request. ADDITIONAL PURCHASES do receive a VERY LARGE discount, typically about $5 per book (for each additional book after the first) so as to reward you for the economies of combined shipping/insurance costs. Your purchase will ordinarily be shipped within 48 hours of payment. We package as well as anyone in the business, with lots of protective padding and containers. All of our shipments are sent via insured mail so as to comply with PayPal requirements. We do NOT recommend uninsured shipments, and expressly disclaim any responsibility for the loss of an uninsured shipment. Unfortunately the contents of parcels are easily “lost” or misdelivered by postal employees – even in the USA. That’s why all of our domestic shipments (and most international) shipments include a USPS delivery confirmation tag; or are trackable or traceable, and all shipments (international and domestic) are insured. We do offer U.S. Postal Service Priority Mail, Registered Mail, and Express Mail for both international and domestic shipments, as well United Parcel Service (UPS) and Federal Express (Fed-Ex). Please ask for a rate quotation. We will accept whatever payment method you are most comfortable with. If upon receipt of the item you are disappointed for any reason whatever, I offer a no questions asked return policy. Send it back, I will give you a complete refund of the purchase price (less our original shipping costs). Most of the items I offer come from the collection of a family friend who was active in the field of Archaeology for over forty years. However many of the items also come from purchases I make in Eastern Europe, India, and from the Levant (Eastern Mediterranean/Near East) from various institutions and dealers. Though I have always had an interest in archaeology, my own academic background was in sociology and cultural anthropology. After my retirement however, I found myself drawn to archaeology as well. Aside from my own personal collection, I have made extensive and frequent additions of my own via purchases on Ebay (of course), as well as many purchases from both dealers and institutions throughout the world - but especially in the Near East and in Eastern Europe. I spend over half of my year out of the United States, and have spent much of my life either in India or Eastern Europe. In fact much of what we generate on Yahoo, Amazon and Ebay goes to support The Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg, as well as some other worthy institutions in Europe connected with Anthropology and Archaeology. I acquire some small but interesting collections overseas from time-to-time, and have as well some duplicate items within my own collection which I occasionally decide to part with. Though I have a collection of ancient coins numbering in the tens of thousands, my primary interest is in ancient jewelry. My wife also is an active participant in the "business" of antique and ancient jewelry, and is from Russia. I would be happy to provide you with a certificate/guarantee of authenticity for any item you purchase from me. There is a $2 fee for mailing under separate cover. Whenever I am overseas I have made arrangements for purchases to be shipped out via domestic mail. If I am in the field, you may have to wait for a week or two for a COA to arrive via international air mail. But you can be sure your purchase will arrive properly packaged and promptly - even if I am absent. And when I am in a remote field location with merely a notebook computer, at times I am not able to access my email for a day or two, so be patient, I will always respond to every email. Please see our "ADDITIONAL TERMS OF SALE." TRANSLATE Arabic Chinese French German Greek Indonesian Italian Hindi Japanese Korean Swedish Portuguese Russian Spanish

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