Armies of Celtic Europe 700 BC to AD 106 (Hardback)
History, Organization and Equipment
Although comprised of many distinct tribes and groupings, the Celts shared a distinctive culture that dominated much of Europe for centuries. They enjoyed a formidable reputation as fierce and brave warriors, skilled horsemen and fine metalworkers. In 390 BC an alliance of Celtic tribes defeated a Roman army at the River Allia and went on to sack Rome and thenceforth the Romans lived under their threat. In the early third century BC a Celtic army swept into Macedonia and Greece, won a major victory at Thermopylai and ransacked the sacred sanctuary at Delphi. Such was their warlike prowess that, when not fighting their own wars, they were sought after as mercenaries by many armies, serving as far afield as southern Egypt. When the Romans invaded Gaul (France and Belgium) and the British Isles, Celtic armies resisted them fiercely.
Gabriele Esposito studies this fascinating warrior culture, their armies, strategy, tactics and equipment (they invented chainmail, and British armies were the last in Europe to use chariots on the battlefield). Dozens of colour photographs of reenactors help bring these magnificent warriors back to life.
This book is a fascinating history of the Celts and their armies as they resisted and defeated the might of Imperial Rome. Such armies are celebrated by re-enactors in Europe in much the same way as we re-enact the English Civil War and other notable battles on English soil. The Celts' reputation as fighters is celebrated in a way I've not read before.Books Monthly
The book stands out for its immediacy and for its beautiful photos that will stimulate even those who do not know the Celtic culture to become passionate about it, thanks also to the very important work of those who recreate history by living it and making it live.Old Barbed Wire Blog
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I really enjoyed this book and think everyone should have a copy of this book.Medieval Sword School, Jason Hulott
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This is another fine book in the ‘Armies of the Past’ series that delivers an engaging narrative of the Celtic Armies and conveys the key issues of population pressures, migration and war that defined the Celts. Within this fabric the Celts refined a very effective army and had to challenge all to survive. The author uses excellent colour photographs to illustrate the weapons and equipment used by the Celts.Michael McCarthy
Michael McCarthy. Battlefield Guide