Patrick Sims-Williams: Celts, 28 October 1999
Show More The Atlantic Celts: Ancient People or Modern Invention? by Simon James.
British Museum, 160 pp., £6.99, March 1999, 0 7141 2165 7Show More
“... Celtic Studies, or Celticism, has rarely been disinterested. In 1884 one James Cruikshank Roger published Celticism: A Myth. The title was ‘intended to express’ his ‘conviction that the assumption of Celtic civilisation and Celtic art is utterly without foundation’. Encouraged by the press reception, Roger showed his hand in the second edition: ‘Let him who will, deduce his origin from the shiftless savage of the British isles, I am content to believe myself of that great Teutonic stock, which has ruled the world in the past, and will rule it to the end of time ...”