RE: [Authentic_SCA] "The Celts" by Gerhard Herm
- On Saturday, June 30, 2001 10:21 AM, atterlep@... [SMTP:atterlep@...]
> In a message dated 6/29/01 3:09:23 PM Eastern Daylight Time,the
> Authentic_SCA@yahoogroups.com writes:
> > (Source: "the Celts" by Gerhard Herm, a _very_ good book on premedieval
> > Europe.)
> I found "The Celts" to be quite bad. Herm made a lot of guesses, some of
> based on no evidence, and presented them as fact. I read this book onlyAs were many books of the same period. It is hard to find one book on
> once, and a couple of years ago, but I remember it as one of the worst
> popular histories I've ever read, filled with tripe.
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Indoeuropean cultures from that time that does not have some kind of agenda
to sell. Reference anything by Ms. Gimbutas.
I know that Herm was trying to take the history and make it "readable" thus
making some of his narrative "crap". But the political thrust and flow of
the gross history he is recreating is well supported with referential
statements. The book was useful in that he is well supported with
searchable quotes and checkable references and traceable illustrations.
That is the chief treasure of this book. Certainly true that he attempts
to read the minds of the historical personae, and sometimes he trys to
"paint illustrations" and fabricates details for some scenes based wholly
on conjecture, but these incidences are obvious from the "storytelling
tone" of the passage, and the lack of referential statements.
I still think that it is a pretty good book, for all it's faults.
> >In any case the reference to the salt man is well known and holds up.
> > I found "The Celts" to be quite bad. Herm made a lot of guesses, some of
> > based on no evidence, and presented them as fact. I read this book only
> > once, and a couple of years ago, but I remember it as one of the worst
> > popular histories I've ever read, filled with tripe.
(though the mid 1800's date I referred to is off by a hundred years)