Celtic Society

HISTORY

Celtic Society

La société celtique

Françoise Le Roux
Chr.-J. Guyonvarc’h

FORMAT: 155 x 220
PAGES: 242
ILLUSTRATIONS: 1 b&w
BINDING: Softcover
WORDS: 80 000 approx.
PRICE: 18 €
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PUBLICATION DATE: May 2016
PUBLISHER: Yoran embanner

The Work

In this study the authors set out to show that the brilliant achievements of the Celts, that have come to light over the years, owe their origins wholly to the organization of Celtic society, based on the three pillars of interdependant priestly, warrior and productive classes. The spiritual authority of the druids coexisted with and complemented the temporal power of the kings.

– The druids administered the sacred and were the guardians of knowledge.
– The warriors, commanded by the king, ensured the defence and peace of all.
– The craftsmen and farmers provided the community with its means of subsistence.

The foundations of these three classes are examined, following the approach of Georges Dumézil, by reference and comparison with ancient India.

It becomes clear that Celtic society was not primitive or embryonic, nor crude and cruel, as it has often been portrayed, but was, on the contrary, perfectly balanced.

The Author(s)

Françoise Le Roux and Christian-J. Guyonvarc’h were leading specialists in Celtic studies who wrote several hundred articles and numerous books which have been widely translated into other languages.

Françoise Le Roux, co-founded the Celtic Studies journal Ogam and specialized in religious history.

Christian-J. Guyonvarc’h specialized in the study of medieval Irish texts and was an honorary professeur of Celtic at the University of Rennes 2.

Key Sales Points

– The social organisation of a people who were at the origins of much of Europe.
– A well-documented book by renowned specialists in ancient Celtic culture and society.