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  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Thames and Hudson Ltd; 1st. Paperback Edition edition (12 Sept. 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0500285713
  • ISBN-13: 978-0500285718
  • Product Dimensions: 1.9 x 0.2 x 2.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 508,667 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Copiously illustrated ... well written, thoughtful, and thought-provoking."

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Dr Miranda Green is Professor of Archaeology at the University of Wales, Newport, and has written widely on ancient Britain. Among her many books is The Quest for the Shaman, which she co-wrote with her husband, Stephen Aldhouse-Green.

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Ogmios on 11 Jun. 2008
Format: Paperback
I actually quite enjoyed reading this book, it seemed to be more interested in archaeology rather than some neo-pagan books which try to re-invent druidry without informing readers on their sources.

And whilst I cannot comment on the scholarly-ness of the text as other reviews might, I thought it was a reasonable effort - and containing quite a balanced view of neo-druidry in the final chapters.

I think with this book it depends on what you are looking for , certainly there many photos and examples of archaeological finds and I think how you find this book depends a lot what you have already assumed or have been told about the Druids either rightly or wrongly.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Greywolf TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 25 Jan. 2010
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Miranda Green is probably the most knowledgeable scholar currently working on the Celtic Iron Age and has written numerous books on the period, so she was an obvious choice to write about the Druids for this series. The series as a whole is designed to make history as accessible as possible to a wide readership, hence the ample illustrations and frequent use of text boxes to give something like a magazine-style layout. The illustrations are, on the whole, well-chosen, many in colour and go well beyond the usual ones found in every other book on Druids. The text is informative and informed by recent developments in the field of Celtic studies. It is especially good on the archaeology and mythology. One or two errors creep in in the section on modern Druidry, but this is hardly surprising. It's difficult enough for modern Druids themselves to work out the difference between the Ancient Order of Druids and the Ancient Druid Order. All in all, a very good, wide-ranging, accessible introduction to the subject.
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22 of 27 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 15 Jan. 2002
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Green's book, "Exploring the World of the Druids" is a brief introduction to ancient and modern druids. The scope of her book is quite broad and she undertakes the daunting challenge of exploring over 2000 years of history; the documentation for which is sketchy at best. She touches on topics as diverse as the portrayal of druids in classical literature and the modern Neo-pagan movement. Green draws on a large, although rather ambiguous body of archaeological evidence to complement and enhance the information gleaned from a variety of written sources. She seeks to present a balanced view of the facts citing different opinions and interpretations. All in all, it sounds like the ideal, if rather general, introduction to a fascinating subject. Unfortunately, there are a few key problems with Green's book that make it difficult to recommend to other readers.

Green attempts to make history "reader friendly". She does not want to overwhelm her reader with technical jargon and complicated stories. In order to make the sheer mass of subject matter less intimidating, she has broken her book up into bite-size chunks of information that may be considered more digestible. Most of her readers will find, however, that Green fails to strike the right balance necessary to make a general survey of this type work. One can appreciate that sacrifices have to be made in order to cover such a large amount of material, but this book lacks a sense of continuity, making it easy for the reader to put it down at any point without ever feeling the need to pick it up again. The text has a disjointed feel. The paragraphs read like a series of photo captions strung together.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jay on 30 Aug. 2012
Format: Hardcover
Read this book from the library and just had to have my own copy. Interesting and informative it covers so much a budding Druid would wish to know. The pictures are a delight, bringing to life the mysteries of Druidry.
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its not a bad book but i was looking for something a little more simple and pratical rather than historic.
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