March 10, 2014
Celts is a documentary from 2013 on the first European people north of the Alps
to rise from anonymity. This program looks at who the Celts were, where they
came from and what made their culture so distinctive. From ancient times to
modern day, the history of the Celts is discussed in 6 episodes with each
episode about 60 minutes long.
If you subscribe
Amazon prime then you are in luck as it is currently being
offered free to stream for members of their prime membership. It is also
available via DVD.
We found this series to be both informative and entertaining with some
interesting new aspects of Celtic culture and history that we were not
previously aware about. Such as the fact that the language spoken by more than
half the world is from a western tribe of Germany called English. This is a
fantastic series if you are of Scotch, Irish, Welsh or Celtic background and
desire to know in depth the history of the Celts. We were hooked from the first
episode simply because there are not too many complete series on the Celts. It
originally aired in 2013, so it is a fairly recent series. Here is a description
of each episode:
1. In the Beginning
The Celts were the first European people north of the Alps to rise from
anonymity. This program looks at who the Celts were, where they came from and
what made their culture so distinctive.
2. Heroes in Defeat
The heyday of the Celts was the La Tene era. It was tribal, and women were often
the leaders: warriors, bards, druids, artists and craftsmen. Their little known
settlements as well as their massive hill-torts tell of inhabitants who traded
within and beyond Europe. But then the Celts clashed with the Romans and highly
developed culture fell apart.
3. The Sacred Groves
This program looks at the pagan religion, Druidism, which underpinned early
Celtic society and is still practiced today.
4. From Camelot to Christ
The slow collapse of the Roman Empire saw the arrival of new cultures which
threatened the Celts. The program claims that the British king, Vortigern,
invited the Anglo Saxons into Britain to help fight the Picts but they betrayed
his trust and gradually took over the island.
5. Legend and Reality
From the 8th century onwards the Celts were hammered by invasions by the Vikings
and then the Normans. Following the Reformation in the 16th century, Celtic
communities in Wales, Ireland and Brittany were marginalized in the push for
political and religious unity in England and France.
6. A Dead Song?
This program examines the emergence, history, meaning and threats to the Celtic
identity. Today the struggle to define an identify continues.
This is a well told and highly historically accurate series that is visually
detailed and intriguing. There are so many tidbits of information that we think
anyone of Celtic background will find this series fascinating and will make for
great discussion and viewing over the course of a number of evenings. Five stars
from Celtic Radio!
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