Warriors And Kings : The 1,500 Year Battle for Celtic Britain
For centuries, the Celtic peoples of Britain stood fast against invasion, oppression and war. Theirs is a fascinating and exciting story which birthed some of the most tenacious and heroic leaders in history: from Caractacus and Boudicca, to William Wallace, Owain Glyndwr and the legendary King Arthur. What was it that gave first the Britons, and then the Welsh, this fanatical will to hold out against overwhelming odds, over so many centuries? Following the British Museum's popular 'Celts: Art and Identity' exhibition and 'The Celts', a major BBC TV series, Martin Wall explores the mythology and psychology of this unyielding and insular people: their devotion to charismatic leaders they believed to be sent from God, and their stubborn determination 'ne'er to yield' to oppression and injustice, whether Roman, Saxon, Norman or Viking, or the ravages of soulless industrialism.
This fascinating book explores Celtic Britain, from before the onslaught of the Roman Empire, through rebellion and open war, to the Act of Union passed under the Tudor monarchs and on to the unforgiving industrialisation of the Victorian era.