on 6 July 2008
This book covers the rise and fall of the Celtic Warrior, from his early days in the late 5th Century BC to his eventual conquest and integration into the Roman military machine.
Peter Wilcox's main emphasis is on the Celts of Gaul and the Iron Age tribes of Britain. Here he describes their warriror ethos, their appearance, their weapons, armour and styles of warfare.
For such an incredibly slim volume, this book does cover a lot of ground. It explains everything from Chariot warfare, to the use of La Tene longswords, head-hunting and weapon sacrifice, as well as a short guide to the Roman conquests of Gaul and Britain.
The book is heavily illustrated throughout with black and white photographs, basic maps and line drawings. It also contains 8 pages of stunning colour plates by Angus McBride. These show you the appearance of Celtic Warriors from their early days, to the their style of equipment in the Roman cavalry guards. My personal favourite is colour plate D, which shows a British Belgic chieftain riding in his chariot outside a hill fort.
Overall this is an excellent title that needs to be read by anyone with an interest in the Celtic World. It would make a great introduction to the topic of Western European Iron Age warfare. It's also a must have for Osprey military collecters, as well as reenactors and war gamers.
on 20 April 2014
Men-at-arms is the definitive series for those interested in history, particularly in military history.
The whole collection is well researched, packed with photographs, maps and drawings and a mine of information.
Whatever era of history, from antiquity to modern warfare is of interest, it will be covered.
The late great Angus McBride illustrations in this volume alone make it worth having.