• by Barry Cunliffe
  • Narrated by Donald Corren
  • 4 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

The Druids have been known and discussed for at least 2,400 years, first by Greek writers and later by the Romans, who came in contact with them in Gaul and Britain. According to these sources, they were a learned caste who officiated in religious ceremonies, taught the ancient wisdoms, and were revered as philosophers. But few figures flit so elusively through history, and the Druids remain enigmatic and puzzling to this day.
In this Very Short Introduction, one of the leading authorities on British archaeology, Barry Cunliffe, takes the listener on a fast-paced look at the ever-fascinating story of the Druids, as seen in the context of the times and places in which they practiced. Sifting through the evidence, Cunliffe offers an expert's best guess as to what can be said and what can't be said about the Druids, discussing the origins of the Druids and the evidence for their beliefs and practices, why the nature of the druid caste changed quite dramatically over time, and how successive generations have seen them in very different ways.


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Meets Expectations

I found this to be a very good read/listen. It delivered what it promised: a well written general overview that differentiated between evidence-based information and myth/lore.
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- Marc

Not what I was expecting

What did you like about this audiobook?

I didn't appreciate that it wa titled Druids but only a few paragraphs were spared for the actual class of celtic society it mostly focused on the spred if romanization and history of Gallic celts

How has the book increased your interest in the subject matter?

Now I have to find more accurate and complete works on Druids very annoyed at the lack of information

Does the author present information in a way that is interesting and insightful, and if so, how does he achieve this?

Yeah but not about the subject he was supposedly writing about it

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- Becky

Book Details

  • Release Date: 01-24-2011
  • Publisher: Audible Studios