For the Hearth Culture book, I have chosen to read A Brief History of the Druids by Peter Berresford Ellis. From the ADF recommended readings, I could also choose Celtic Heritage: Ancient Tradition in Ireland and Wales by Alwyn and Brinley Rees (which I also own). Both books looks interesting, and I also have many other books in my collection regarding the Celts, the Irish mythology or the Druids. One of them is another book from Peter Berresford Ellis, A Brief History of the Celts, but it is not in the book list and is more focused on the Celts than the Celtic Druids. I look forward to read A Brief History of the Druids as I know how Peter Berresford Ellis is a renamed author of Celtic and Irish mythology. The first edition was published in 1994 (under the previous title The Druids) and my copy is the second Edition (2002), now included in the book series “A Brief History of”. Based on the book description, this book is about “A history of the cult of the ancient Druids, exploring who they really were and what role they played in the Celtic world. The author’s interpretation of the facts is based on both archaeological and etymological findings. Peter Berresford Ellis sifts through evidence and, with reference to the latest archaeological findings and the use of etymology, shows that the Druids have been subject to a swaythe of propaganda and myth-making through the centuries.”
The book review for this title will be due on week 49, following the ADF Dedicant Path Through the Wheel of the Year Working Guide. I’ll start reading it tomorrow during my lunch break at work and I plan to finish it in four days.