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Celtic Warfare (Hardback)

From the Fifth Century BC to the First Century AD

Ancient History Military > Pre-WWI P&S History > Archaeology

By Gioal Canestrelli
Imprint: Pen & Sword Military
Pages: 224
Illustrations: 120 Black and White plus 8 colour
ISBN: 9781399070171
Published: 10th October 2022


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Warfare was a crucial aspect of Celtic society, deeply linked to the spreading of their culture through all Europe. Between the fifth century BC, when La Tène Culture Celts developed in Europe, and the first century AD, when they faced the complete subjugation or annihilation of most of their communities, their approach to warfare was subject to constant evolution, driven both by contact with Mediterranean cultures and different requirements closely related to social issues that were in constant flux.

Gioal Canestrelli offers an interdisciplinary approach, combining archaeological and literary sources and examining Celtic warfare from both a practical perspective, linked to weapons structure and military tactics, and a social perspective, analysing the cultural implications of Celtic military development. Furthermore, the book analyses the different areas of the Keltiké, from Britain to Gaul, from Spain to the Alpine region, with more than 120 black & white drawings of the archaeological finds and a number of original colour artworks of Celtic warriors.

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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Medieval Sword School

In addition to a number of color plates, "Celtic Warfare: From the Fifth Century BC to the First Century AD" also features an Appendix (Stratagems and Poliorcetics - Siege War); a seven page Dictionary; twenty pages of Notes; an eleven page Bibliography; and a four page Index. Of special appeal to students, academia, and non-specialist general readers with an interest in the subject, "Celtic Warfare: From the Fifth Century BC to the First Century AD" is highly recommended for personal, professional, community, and academic library Celtic History collections and supplemental curriculum studies lists.

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Midwest Book Review

This is a stimulating an interesting account of a complex subject often neglected or merely seen from the perspective of victorious Roman authors.
It offers a fresh and often novel approach to the enigmatic Celtic tribes, their culture and warfare during an important period of early European history.

Norfolk Family History Society - 'The Ancestor' magazine

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About Gioal Canestrelli

Gioal Canestrelli graduated in 2008 in Ancient Humanities at Verona University with a paper on the Celtic tribe of the Cenomanes Gauls. Since then he has had several books published on Celtic, Roman and Carthaginian warfare, as well as magazine articles and contributions to academic publications. He is active in re-enactment and reconstructive archeology. He lives in Verona, Italy.

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