Without intending to, I suppose in my own small way I follow in the footsteps of the Bards of yore. The Druids were the Priests, lawgivers and guides for the Celts. The Vates were the prophets and soothsayers, whilst the Bards were the story-tellers, although they probably had a much more important role that I do not aspire to, and that is to preserve the history of their tribe and of their beliefs, and to remind and educate peoples of this history.
But my own journey has been a selfish one, one born of curiosity rather than a calling, but nevertheless, I hope you may get some small pleasure from the web site and perhaps the book.
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It has been a huge pleasure to research the book and to visit the places described. In its writing many books and articles have been read over a long period of time and the more important ones are listed in the reading list. I have also tried to provide a brief background to Wales, to the Druids, and to the Celts.
The Celts of two-three thousand years of history are lost in time. Much of what we know comes from Greek and Roman writings, which were often heavily biased. The Celts trusted little or nothing of their religion to writing, for reasons which we can only conjecture.
Traditionally historians have unfortunately placed a huge emphasis on written texts and their accuracy has rarely been questioned until quite recently. Thus because the Celts had little or no written language, because there was an implicit acceptance of the historical accuracy of what their "enemies" said about them, they have received a "bad press."
What is the "truth?" None of us can know, but there are other viewpoints. For example, this website gives another viewpoint, whilst books by Peter Berresford Ellis, Jean Markale, and others have challenged the "traditional" Roman biased viewpoint