The Ancient Paths: Discovering the Lost Map of Celtic Europe, review – Telegraph

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Tim Martin has his eyes opened by an enthralling new history that argues that Druids created a sophisticated ancient society to rival the Romans

Source: The Ancient Paths: Discovering the Lost Map of Celtic Europe, review – Telegraph

More on the wonders — which may have been, if this convincing account is in fact accurate — accomplished by our “primitive” ancestors, known as the Celts… and if some other recent accounts are accurate, there was a great deal more continuity between the Celts and their pre-Celtic and proto-Celtic forebears than has until recently been recognized by scholars!

Some have even argued that the conventional understanding of Celtic migration across Europe may need to be reversed; that what we now know as the “Celtic” peoples of the Halstatt and La Tene cultures in fact arose along the Atlantic coast, evolving out of the Neolithic, Chalcolithic, and Bronze Age peoples of the West, and crossed Europe heading East.

In any case, this reminds me of some of the lines from Robin Williamson’s magisterial “Five Denials on Merlin’s Grave,” a long prose poem set to music which recounts the mythic history of the British Isles:

“… but let us sing the skill of the master builders
long ago
for it was no peasantry clodding after scrawny cows
who raised the hollow hills and henge stones
but calm and cunning wizards worked these wonders
continuing the snail line, dod flat at ring stand
ruling scribing and pegging out in granite
the windings of the dragon track
that writhes unhewn
in sward and marsh and moss and meadowland
that twines in stellar gravity among the eaves of the cubic sky
serpent bird of Hy Brassail
force of spring
wing sunk
bound free
as we perceive our dream at centrifugal spin
so green leaves grow
the rowan bears the crown
so they, upon the veins of Anu, blazed the eye of Bel
to print a spell of glory in our blinks of lives
rightness of the world self seen
the green
the garden
and poetry attests their artistry thus and otherwise
older yet and wiser far
and I will not forget.”

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Author: The Anglophilic Anglican

I am an ordained Anglican clergyman, published writer, former op-ed columnist, and experienced outdoor and informal educator. I am also a traditionalist: religiously, philosophically, politically, and socially. I seek to do my bit to promote and restore the Good, the True, and the Beautiful, in a world which has too-often lost touch with all three, and to help re-weave the connections between God, Nature, and humankind which out techno-industrial civilization has strained and broken.

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