This paradigm-shifting book paints a spirited portrait of a restless people that challenges our established ways of looking at Europe’s past. Now brought completely up to date with all the latest findings from the fast-moving fields of genetics, DNA and dating, Jean Manco’s highly readable account skilfully weaves multiple strands of evidence to produce a startling new history of Europe.
Jean Manco, author of the pioneering and acclaimed genetic history of Europe, Ancestral Journeys, has here written a vivid and compelling account that takes the reader on a voyage of discovery from the origins of the ancient Celts to the modern CeltIc Revival. What emerges may seem startling. Earlier attempts to trace historical and prehistoric movements using only modern DNA from living people have been proved dramatically wrong by findings from ancient DNA.
Lovers of war, wine and song, the historical Celts strike us as a people with a great gusto for life. Yet they did not fear death, for they believed in an afterlife. Fate has granted them more kinds of immortality than they had in mind. As long as any Celtic language is still spoken, the linguistic chain from the ancient Celts remains unbroken. As long as the earliest Celts have living heirs, there is also an unbroken chain of DNA. Blood of the Celts will be essential reading for anyone interested in their Celtic ancestry and also for everyone fascinated by the Celts and their world.