This wealth of material, introduced and translated by Freeman to be especially accessible to students and general readers, makes this book essential reading for everyone fascinated by the ancient Celts.
Author: Philip Freeman
Publisher: University of Texas Press
"The ancient Celts capture the modern imagination as do few other people of classical times. Naked barbarians charging the Roman legions, Druids performing sacrifices of unspeakable horror, women fighting beside their men and even leading armies—these, along with stunning works of art, are the images most of us call to mind when we think of the Celts," observes Philip Freeman. "And for the most part, these images are firmly based in the descriptions handed down to us by the Greek and Roman writers." This book draws on the firsthand observations and early accounts of classical writers to piece together a detailed portrait of the ancient Celtic peoples of Europe and the British Isles. Philip Freeman groups the selections (ranging from short statements to longer treatises) by themes—war, feasting, poetry, religion, women, and the Western Isles. He also presents inscriptions written by the ancient Celts themselves. This wealth of material, introduced and translated by Freeman to be especially accessible to students and general readers, makes this book essential reading for everyone fascinated by the ancient Celts.
War, Women, and Druids: Eyewitness Reports and Early Accounts of the Ancient
Celts. University of Texas Press, Austin. 2002. Gibson, George Cinclain. Wake
Rites: The Ancient Irish Rituals for 'Finnegan's Wake.' University Press of Florida,
Author: Courtney Weber
Publisher: Weiser Books
Category: Body, Mind & Spirit
Lady of the Well, the Forge, and the Green Earth, I seek you. --Brigid, I Seek You Brigid—mother, daughter, healer, bard, warrior, fire goddess, goddess of the oak, animals, and magic. Brigid of the spring, her festival Imbolc, oversees fertility of all kinds. Brigid is many things to many people. In this enticing book, Courtney Weber offers up a wide-ranging exposition and celebration of all things Brigid, who is arguably the most popular figure in Celtic mythology and religion. Meet Brigid in her various incarnations—Celtic Pagan Goddess, Christian Saint, and Voudon Loa. Each chapter ends with guided meditations and exercises that help readers tap into Brigid’s healing powers. Inside you’ll find Brigid-focused spells, blessings, recipes, and rituals for love, harmony, protection, and much more.
War, Women, and Druids: Eyewitness Reports and Early Accounts of the Ancient
Celts. Austin: University of Texas Press, 2002. Freeman, Philip. St. Patrick of
Ireland: A Biography. New York: Simon & Schuster, 2004. Hanson, Richard P. C.
Author: Philip Freeman
Publisher: Oxford University Press
The legend of Saint Patrick is irresistibly captivating-he drove the snakes out of Ireland, battled the druids, and used the three-leaf Shamrock to convert the pagan Irish to belief in the Christian Trinity. Yet, as so often happens, these stories are mere myths that fold under closer scrutiny. Snakes never plagued the Irish countryside, and the Emerald Isle's most beloved saint wasn't even Irish but a Briton of the Roman nobility. Fortunately, the truth is even more fascinating. In The World of Saint Patrick, classical scholar Philip Freeman offers the definitive account of Saint Patrick's life through new and vibrant translations of the greatest works of early Christian Ireland. This story of great violence, brutality, and even greater faith begins with two letters Patrick wrote describing his kidnapping by pirates at age sixteen and subsequent slavery. Although his grandfather was a priest and his father a deacon, at the time of his kidnapping Patrick had rejected his childhood faith in favor of atheism. Yet in this deeply moving narrative, Patrick recounts how he regained his faith during his captivity, and how the voice of God guided him both in his escape from bondage and in his eventual return to Ireland as a missionary to the very people who had enslaved him. The World of Saint Patrick delves into colorful tales of Patrick's struggles with pagan kings, soaring hymns of praise, and a prayer of protection against forces of evil such as "the magic of women, blacksmiths, and druids." Freeman also examines the life of Saint Brigid, Ireland's first female saint, and the legendary voyage of Saint Brendan and his monks across the western ocean. Both general readers with an interest in Ireland's saints and scholars studying religion or medieval history will be unable to put down this captivating tale of Ireland's greatest saint and the remarkable times in which he lived.
Further evidence that women could function as Druids as well as men is given in
a poem from The Metrical ... Druids did not usually fight in battle, although there
are many tales of Druids using incantations and battle magic in the cause of war.
Author: Yowann Byghan
This introduction to modern Druidism provides a comprehensive overview of today’s Pagan religion and philosophy, whose roots are in the Celtic tribal societies of ancient Britain and Ireland. The author covers Druidism’s mythology, history and important figures and its beliefs and moral system, and describes practices, rituals and ceremonies. A gazetteer of important sacred sites is included, along with information about modern Druid groups and organizations.
... decades- long war on the tribes of Britain: The densely packed armies of the
Britons were on the opposite shore. All around them ran wild-haired women
waving sticks looking like the Furies themselves. The Druids were everywhere
Author: Philip Freeman
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
Early in the first century B.C. a Greek philosopher named Posidonius began an ambitious and dangerous journey into the little-known lands of the Celts. A man of great intellectual curiosity and considerable daring, Posidonius traveled from his home on the island of Rhodes to Rome, the capital of the expanding empire that had begun to dominate the Mediterranean. From there Posidonius planned to investigate for himself the mysterious Celts, reputed to be cannibals and savages. His journey would be one of the great adventures of the ancient world. Posidonius journeyed deep into the heart of the Celtic lands in Gaul. There he discovered that the Celts were not barbarians but a sophisticated people who studied the stars, composed beautiful poetry, and venerated a priestly caste known as the Druids. Celtic warriors painted their bodies, wore pants, and decapitated their foes. Posidonius was amazed at the Celtic women, who enjoyed greater freedoms than the women of Rome, and was astonished to discover that women could even become Druids. Posidonius returned home and wrote a book about his travels among the Celts, which became one of the most popular books of ancient times. His work influenced Julius Caesar, who would eventually conquer the people of Gaul and bring the Celts into the Roman Empire, ending forever their ancient way of life. Thanks to Posidonius, who could not have known that he was recording a way of life soon to disappear, we have an objective, eyewitness account of the lives and customs of the ancient Celts.
Still side by side with the magicwielding Druids, there were classes of women
who also dealt in magic, as we have seen. Their powers ... Each clan, tribe, or
kingdom had its Druids, who, intime of war,assisted their hosts bymagic art. This
“You druids must be rather sensitive. ... “Ancients...you keep talking about the
ancients. Who are they? Are they druids?” “Druids? You talk about druids, and I
have said little, assuming it ... Supposedly, all druids are attractive women, and
Author: L. E. Modesitt, Jr.
Publisher: Tor Fantasy
L.E. Modesitt, Jr.'s The Order War continues his bestselling fantasy series the Saga of Recluce, which is one of the most popular in contemporary epic fantasy. The deadly White Wizards of Fairhaven, wielding the forces of chaos, threaten the ancient matriarchy of Sarronnyn, the last bastion of order in Candar. When Sarronnyn falls despite the assistance of the Black Order mages, Justen, a young Black Engineer, must escape the city and master forbidden technology that harness chaos itself. Even so, it may not be enough to halt conquest of the White Wizards. "An intriguing fantasy in a fascinating world." —Robert Jordan, New York Times bestselling author of The Wheel of Time® series Saga of Recluce #1 The Magic of Recluce / #2 The Towers of Sunset / #3 The Magic Engineer / #4 The Order War / #5 The Death of Chaos / #6 Fall of Angels / #7 The Chaos Balance / #8 The White Order / #9 Colors of Chaos / #10 Magi’i of Cyador / #11 Scion of Cyador / #12 Wellspring of Chaos / #13 Ordermaster / #14 Natural Order Mage / #15 Mage-Guard of Hamor / #16 Arms-Commander / #17 Cyador’s Heirs / #18 Heritage of Cyador /#19 The Mongrel Mage Story Collection: Recluce Tales Other Series by L.E. Modesitt, Jr. The Imager Portfolio The Corean Chronicles The Spellsong Cycle The Ghost Books The Ecolitan Matter At the Publisher's request, this title is being sold without Digital Rights Management Software (DRM) applied.
AND SITTING BULL $ 19.95 paper , $ 45.00 cloth INVENTING THE Wild West WAR , WOMEN , AND DRUIDS By Bobby Bridger EYEWITNESS REPORTS AND
EARLY “ This book is as much about the West as it Accounts OF THE ANCIENT ...
Female fighters instructed male heroes of saga in the arts of war . Hags turned up
to prophesy , and ... Save us , ” pleaded a prayer attributed to Saint Pátraic , “
from the spells of women and smiths and druids . " I Despite all sorts of limits on ...
Author: Lisa M. Bitel
Publisher: Cornell University Press
This book disperses the shadows in an obscure but important landscape. Lisa Bitel addresses both the history of women in early Ireland and the history of myth, legend, and superstition which surrounded them. It is a powerful and exact book and an invaluable addition to our expanding sense of Ireland through the eyes of Irish women.--Eavan Boland, author of In a Time of Violence: PoemsIt is refreshing to read in a book by a woman on medieval women that not all clerics hated women and that not all men were oversexed villains consciously bent on exploiting women. [Bitel] challenges not only the medieval Irish male construct of female behavior, but she is also courageous enough to question constructs of medieval women invented by modern Irish medieval historians.--Times Higher Education Supplement --Eavan Boland, author of In a Time of Violence: Poems
Every able bodied man and many women with every weapon on the islands
sailed that day. ... After the miracle of the day before no one was willing to miss
the enchantment of the Druid's daughter, brought back ... and prepare to sail to war.
Author: Rick Palinski
The Firbolg Wars is a Celtic story quest of a young man in search of himself and a kingship. After the death of his father, David embarks on a journey to confront the evil that has invaded his homeland. With his friends and companions, David crosses the country fighting the evil Firbolg creatures.
The women knelt around in the posture described, but it is not expressly said that
they were in motion, much less running a ... Mr. W. M. Hennessy has pointed out
a curious passage in the Book of Fenagh, in which the Druids of Fergna, son of ...
Author: James Henthorn Todd
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
First published in 1867, this is a translation, with scholarly introduction and notes, of a valuable Middle Irish chronicle.
Caesar, Julius (100–44 BCE) Julius Caesar, best known for his military conquest
of Gaul and civil war against the Roman Senate ... Women had few rights, were
shared by men, and had the reputation among Romans as being almost as
courageous and warlike as the men. ... The masses were subject to the powerful
few, led by the Druids, a religious caste of priests who maintained an oral
tradition and ...
Author: Russell M. Lawson
The first A–Z resource to catalog the achievements and legacy of more than four millennia of scientific thought in the ancient world of the Mediterranean and the Near East, providing a complete overview of the physical, chemical, life, medical, and social sciences of the classical world. * A complete bibliography of primary source documents, secondary source biographies, and critical analyses * 50 illustrations including maps, portraits of the key scientific figures, and depictions of scientific instruments and phenomena
In approxiMarch, 71 B.C., in the hills of northern Lucania, the two women
probably felt a chill in the air as they climbed the ... They might have been druids,
and privacy, a sacred grove, and precision in timing were essential elements of
Author: Barry Strauss
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
An authoritative account from an expert author: The Spartacus War is the first popular history of the revolt in English. The Spartacus War is the extraordinary story of the most famous slave rebellion in the ancient world, the fascinating true story behind a legend that has been the inspiration for novelists, filmmakers, and revolutionaries for 2,000 years. Starting with only seventy-four men, a gladiator named Spartacus incited a rebellion that threatened Rome itself. With his fellow gladiators, Spartacus built an army of 60,000 soldiers and controlled the southern Italian countryside. A charismatic leader, he used religion to win support. An ex-soldier in the Roman army, Spartacus excelled in combat. He defeated nine Roman armies and kept Rome at bay for two years before he was defeated. After his final battle, 6,000 of his followers were captured and crucified along Rome's main southern highway. The Spartacus War is the dramatic and factual account of one of history's great rebellions. Spartacus was beaten by a Roman general, Crassus, who had learned how to defeat an insurgency. But the rebels were partly to blame for their failure. Their army was large and often undisciplined; the many ethnic groups within it frequently quarreled over leadership. No single leader, not even Spartacus, could keep them all in line. And when faced with a choice between escaping to freedom and looting, the rebels chose wealth over liberty, risking an eventual confrontation with Rome's most powerful forces. The result of years of research, The Spartacus War is based not only on written documents but also on archaeological evidence, historical reconstruction, and the author's extensive travels in the Italian countryside that Spartacus once conquered.
Menage Dark Paranormal Alpha Vampire Romance.Alpha Vampire Warriors seek women of Druid ancestry for mates... can they claim them in time for their species to survive the threat of extinction?From New York Times bestselling author of, A ...
Author: Marata Eros
Menage Dark Paranormal Alpha Vampire Romance.Alpha Vampire Warriors seek women of Druid ancestry for mates... can they claim them in time for their species to survive the threat of extinction?From New York Times bestselling author of, A TERRIBLE LOVE....When Holly awakens from the deep thrall cast by her faction kidnapper, she is struck with hopelessness until she discovers the power her Druid Lineage has over him. Kier is an elite stolen warrior of the faction who does the bidding of his adopted group but with his pulsing biology waiting for just the right catalyst to put his true nature into play.Beau and Aubree are pitted against each other only to discover that their Druid mating offers protection from those that would destroy them. Can they seek refuge amongst their Reaper kin that will harbor them in safe waters, or will the Druid priest's dark secret plague them wherever they go?Constantine seeks to destroy a rare Exotic and finds himself under a spell he cannot break, his nature used against him. Will he get another chance to force her submission while she stands under guard of the most powerful vampire of their kind?Can the Reapers win the battle without losing the war?Novella length.
Only freed men and women worked in the villa and fields, free to roam at will. He
now stood gripping the rails of a war galley staring across at the vast watery
expanse surrounding him. The beat of the drum used to set the rowing paces of
Author: RJ Marley
Publisher: Xlibris Corporation
A young girl is found by the druid, Halwn, holding the head of her dead mother. She grows up despising violence af any kind but is later to be cast into the role of a warrior after the invasion by Roman soldiers. Halwn must also battle against his spiritual beliefs as he sadly watches the changes in his foundling. Together they find within the depths of their souls strength and courage that neither knew they possessed as their destinies unfold. To some this will be a work of fiction. To others reality. And yet to others a little of both.
Author: Miranda Jane Aldhouse-GreenPublish On: 1996
9 All these references make strong links between druidesses and prophecy :
these women were both priestesses and ... of Cumhaill ( otherwise known as
Cool ) , the leader of the Fianna , a renowned war - band who guarded the king
and his ...
Author: Miranda Jane Aldhouse-Green
Publisher: George Braziller
Category: Social Science
This text offers a wide-ranging review of the significance of the female in Celtic myth and religion. Celtic goddesses presided over nature, animals, healing and fertility. Terrifying battle goddesses were invoked in times of war and a Mother Goddess was supplicated for the fertility of animals and crops. Goddesses were often linked with animals - birds, dogs, bears, pigs and snakes all had their divine protectresses. Divine and semi-divine females abound in Welsh and Irish myths, often associated with themes of virginity and sexuality, promiscuity and destruction. The concept of partnership is a prominent aspect of Celtic religion and myth, and it is possible to trace evidence of the divine marriage in both European iconography and Irish myth. The female is sometimes the dominant partner. In this account, the role of woman as religious leader, priestess (even druidess) and as seer, appeasing and controlling the supernatural powers, is examined. The final section of the book explores the transition from polytheistic paganism to monotheistic Christianity in the Celtic west. Here Celtic spirituality embraced women as of major importance as saints and mystics. One example is the Irish goddess Brigit, who became a Christian saint, but retained her pagan function as presider over the ale harvest.
Though the women and the druids shouted back with all the strength of their
voices, to drown it they could not keep Cuchulainn from hearing. ... His famous war-horse, the Gray of Macha, refused to be bridled, and shed large tears of
Author: Charles Squire
Publisher: Courier Corporation
Category: Social Science
Splendid compilation of tales ranges from Arthurian myth to less-familiar adventures, such as Finn and his Fenians, plus many other heroic figures from the Gaelic pantheon.
CHAPTE R 6 The War of Nerves The Meaning of Nerves hat are these nerves of
ours, and what is their proper function in ... As men and women, for better or for
worse we are all instruments of relationship, and so upon our "nerves" we must ...
Author: E. Graham Howe
Publisher: North Atlantic Books
In early 20th-century Britain, interest in psychoanalysis was high, leading to the formation of the famous Tavistock Clinic in 1920. E. Graham Howe was one of the clinic’s founders and the first to publish articles on psychotherapy. At the same time, he was attacked by the “scientific” psychiatry and psychoanalysis communities because he took concepts derived from spiritual practice and existential phenomenology and applied them to an understanding of psychotherapy. Howe’s writings included more than a dozen books and countless articles on a broad range of subjects from schizophrenia to Asian spiritual practices. Through these works he exerted a profound influence on intellectuals such as R. D. Laing, Alan Watts, and Henry Miller, to name a few. Howe also wrote in a simple and clear style, making his work accessible to the general public. The Druid of Harley Street samples the best of his essays, offering timely insights for followers of Jung, Roberto Assagioli, and Mark Epstein; students of somatic therapies; and spiritual and meditation practitioners. The book also offers a fascinating glimpse of a great mind, the notable people in his life, and the heady times in which he lived. From the Trade Paperback edition.
As to the existence on the continent of women Druids , three rather late ( and ,
therefore , somewhat questionable ) ... while dwelling in the land of the Athenians
before returning to Ireland , assisted their allies in war by putting demons in the ...
Author: Paul R. Lonigan
This comprehensive study of the Druids offers a fresh look at the enigmatic and often controversial question of the role of these priests in Celtic society. The religion of Druidism is examined as an inheritance of Indo-European tradition, with intriguing analogies made between Irish and Roman cultic practices. The author identifies the functions of the ancient priests, providing an inventory of their duties and services. Druids are also defined in terms of their connections with other branches of Eurasian mysticism. This study will be of particular interest to scholars of Irish culture, Celtic culture, and comparative religion.