The Celts (Hardback)

A Sceptical History

Simon Jenkins

A short history of one of Ancient Britain's most enigmatic civilisations

The history of the Celts is the history of a misnomer.

There has never been a distinct people, race or tribe claiming the name of Celtic, though remnants of different languages and cultures remain throughout Wales, Ireland, Scotland and Cornwall. The word keltoi first appears in Greek as applied generally to aliens or 'barbarians' - and theories of Celticism continue to fuel many of the prejudices and misconceptions that divide the peoples of the British Isles to this day.

Often seen as unimportant or irrelevant adjuncts to English history, in The Celts Simon Jenkins offers a compelling counterargument. This is a fascinating and timely debate on who the Celts really were - or weren't - and what their legacy should be in an increasingly dis-United Kingdom.

Publication date: 30/06/2022

£16.99

ISBN: 9781788168809

Imprint: Profile Books

Subject: History & Classics

The Celts (Ebook)

A Sceptical History

Simon Jenkins

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A short history of one of Ancient Britain's most enigmatic civilisations

The history of the Celts is the history of a misnomer.

There has never been a distinct people, race or tribe claiming the name of Celtic, though remnants of different languages and cultures remain throughout Wales, Ireland, Scotland and Cornwall. The word keltoi first appears in Greek as applied generally to aliens or 'barbarians' - and theories of Celticism continue to fuel many of the prejudices and misconceptions that divide the peoples of the British Isles to this day.

Often seen as unimportant or irrelevant adjuncts to English history, in The Celts Simon Jenkins offers a compelling counterargument. This is a fascinating and timely debate on who the Celts really were - or weren't - and what their legacy should be in an increasingly dis-United Kingdom.

Publication date: 30/06/2022

£13.99

ISBN: 9781782838869

ISBN 10 / ASIN: B09M7QDN38

Imprint: Profile Books

Subject: History & Classics

The Celts (Audiobook)

A Sceptical History

Simon Jenkins

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A short history of one of Ancient Britain's most enigmatic civilisations

The history of the Celts is the history of a misnomer.

There has never been a distinct people, race or tribe claiming the name of Celtic, though remnants of different languages and cultures remain throughout Wales, Ireland, Scotland and Cornwall. The word keltoi first appears in Greek as applied generally to aliens or 'barbarians' – and theories of Celticism continue to fuel many of the prejudices and misconceptions that divide the peoples of the British Isles to this day.

Often seen as unimportant or irrelevant adjuncts to English history, in The Celts Simon Jenkins offers a compelling counterargument. This is a fascinating and timely debate on who the Celts really were – or weren't – and what their legacy should be in an increasingly dis-United Kingdom.

Publication date: 30/06/2022

£19.99

ISBN: 9781800810662

ISBN 10 / ASIN: B09M7QDN38

Imprint: Profile Books

Subject: History & Classics

Reviews for The Celts

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Praise for A Short History of England:
'A lucid and handsomely illustrated narrative

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 Times

'Jenkins is one of the liveliest commentators at work in Britain, always worth reading and pleasingly contrarian'

Jeremy Paxman Guardian

'This is traditional, kings-and-things, great-men history with all its dates and famous quotations in place ... Jenkins has a newspaper columnist's aphoristic verve'

 Spectator

'A characteristically bold, wry, fluent, combative gallop through English history'

Max Hastings 

'Full of good writing and lively anecdotes ... Food for thought'

 New Statesman

'Immediately accessible'

 Prospect

'Where Jenkins excels is in his very journalistic approach ... The historical events are joined up, and work as narrative'

 Time Out

Simon Jenkins

Simon Jenkins

Simon Jenkins is the author of the bestselling A Short History of England (Profile), England's Thousand Best Churches and England's Thousand Best Houses, Britain's 100 Best Railway Stations and most recently A Short History of Europe. From 2008 to 2014 he was the chairman of the National Trust, and the former editor of The Times and Evening Standard and a columnist for the
Guardian. He lives in London.

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