Fearsome and dreaded warriors, the Celts were outstanding fighters from antiquity to the Middle Ages. For hundreds of years, their bravery and knowledge of warfare made them highly sought-after mercenaries.
This military excellence was complemented by their particular conception of warfare, markedly different from that of Rome and the modern West – one where a deity, The Mórrígan, stood for a kind of military sovereignty. While their contemporaries had male gods of war, the Irish Celts had a goddess, The Mórrígan, the Great Queen, wife of An Dagda, the god-druid.
This work also offers us a study of the relationship between the warrior godess and her appearances as the Battle Crow, giving an account of mythological survivals in present-day Celtic folklore and proposing very clear definition of the Celtic notion of Sovereignty that focuses on priesthood and war.
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.
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– An indispendable book for anyone interested in Celtic culture.
– A precise account from made two leading specialists in Celtic Studies.