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Blood of the Celts

The New Ancestral Story

Jean Manco

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A vivid and compelling voyage of discovery from the deepest origins of the ancient Celts to the modern Celtic Revival

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The heritage of the Celts turns up from Portugal to Romania, from Scotland to Spain. Yet debate continues about who exactly were the Celts, where ultimately they came from, and whether the modern Celtic-speakers of the British Isles and Brittany are related to the Continental Celts we know from ancient history. So a fresh approach is needed. Blood of the Celts meets this challenge, pulling together evidence from genetics, archaeology, history and linguistics in an accessible and illuminating way, taking the reader on a voyage of discovery from the origins of the ancient Celts to the modern Celtic Revival, with some startling results.


'Thoughtful, thought-provoking, erudite yet accessible, with an engaging style'
Miranda Aldhouse-Green

'Jean Manco is a phenomenon. In Blood of the Celts she sieves the swirling murk of academic specialisms to extract the gold. Once again she proves to be an excellent interpreter of interesting times'
David Miles

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Book Details

Format: Paperback

Size: 19.8 x 12.9 cm

Extent: 240 pp

Publication date: 3 September 2020

ISBN: 9780500295878

Contents List

Prologue; Timelines; 1 The Voices of the Celts; 2 The Gauls and Celtic; 3 Bell Beakers and Language; 4 The Indo-European Family; 5 Stelae to Bell Beaker; 6 The Iron Sword; 7 On the Move; 8 Celts vs Romans; 9 Christian Celts; 10 Loss and Revival; Appendix: Surnames and DNA.

About the Author

Jean Manco was a building historian who trained within an archaeological unit and applied an interdisciplinary approach to her work. She is also the author of Ancestral Journeys and The Origins of the Anglo-Saxons, both published by Thames & Hudson.

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