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review 2018-03-08 22:42
The Cut-throat Celts, Terry Deary
Cut-throat Celts (Horrible Histories) - Terry Deary

Thanks to BrokenTune for giving me this book!

 

A deliberately silly book for kids about everybody's favourite Iron Age culture (everybody who likes washing with soap, anyway - you're welcome). Of course it's superficial in adult terms but it does go a little into how much of what is "known" was written by the enemies of the Celts, particularly the Romans and is therefore possibly unreliable except when backed by other evidence.

 

Fun!

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text 2018-03-07 18:57
Reading progress update: I've read 122 out of 240 pages.
Cut-throat Celts (Horrible Histories) - Terry Deary

"History with the nasty bits left in," war, murder, animal sacrifice all present but the REALLY nasty stuff is absent e.g. the fact that Irish Celtic Kings were required to perform a public fertility rite that involved shagging a horse...

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text 2018-03-05 23:12
Reading progress update: I've read 30 out of 240 pages.
Cut-throat Celts (Horrible Histories) - Terry Deary

The Celts may or may not have: been led against the Saxons by some bloke by the name of Arthur; cut people's heads off a lot. (They were definitely obsessed with heads.)


The Celts were: spread across Europe from ancient Greece to Spain, up to France and Belgium and across to Britain and Ireland.


In 52 BC the Gauls, led by Vercingetorix, rebelled against Roman rule. No mention of a little village in Armorica that still held out against the invaders, though...

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text 2018-01-13 12:46
Cut-throat Celts (Horrible Histories) - Terry Deary

This just arrived courtesy of http://brokentune.booklikes.com/ 

Thanks!

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review 2018-01-07 18:59
Horrible Histories: Cut-throat Celts
Cut-throat Celts (Horrible Histories) - Terry Deary

More TBR busting:

 

This was fun. What's even better is that the fun does not get in the way of imparting some very wise words to its young readership about reading history books and historical sources.

 

The Celts had an oral tradition, and much of what is known about the Celts from early sources was written by the Romans - who lacked understanding of the Celts, and what is more, tended to be at war with the Celts. This is to say, the early Roman sources may be biased or exaggerating. 

 

I have not been a fan of all of Deary's writing. Some books in the series seemed overly patronising or leaning towards a particular agenda in my estimation, but this one was a fun, educational, and worthwhile read.

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