In “Celtic Warfare: From the Fifth Century BC to the First Century AD,” Gioal Canestrelli presents an in-depth examination of the complex and constantly evolving nature of Celtic warfare. Drawing on a variety of archaeological and literary sources, the book provides both a practical look at the weapons and tactics used by the Celts and a social analysis of the cultural implications of their military development. Canestrelli also covers the various regions where the Celts lived, including Britain, Gaul, Spain, and the Alpine region, and includes over 120 black and white drawings of relevant archaeological finds and original colour artwork of Celtic warriors.
In addition to the main text, the book also includes an appendix on stratagems and poliorcetics (siege warfare), a dictionary, notes, a bibliography, and an index. This comprehensive resource would be of particular interest to students and academics studying Celtic history, as well as general readers with an interest in the subject. Overall, “Celtic Warfare” offers a fresh and engaging perspective on the Celts and their culture during a crucial period in European history.
The main things that stood out were:
Interdisciplinary approach: The book combines archaeological and literary sources to provide a well-rounded analysis of Celtic warfare.
Comprehensive coverage: The book covers a wide range of topics related to Celtic warfare, including weapons, tactics, and the cultural implications of military development. It also covers various regions where the Celts lived, including Britain, Gaul, Spain, and the Alpine region.
Extensive resources: In addition to the main text, the book includes an appendix, a dictionary, notes, a bibliography, and an index, making it a valuable resource for students and researchers.
I think this book would be a great jumping off point for researchers looking to recreate or study combat of the period.
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Please note I was not paid to write this review but was sent a review copy of the book. All comments are my own, and the publishers have not amended the review in any way.< BACK