Book Review: Celtic Mythology & History by History Brought Alive


History is not everyone’s cup of tea, and while I struggle to relate, I can appreciate that if you don’t love it (like I do), it can be challenging to read about it, study it or even think about it.

The issue is, history is so important. It tells us where we’ve come from. It provides clues as to why things are the way they are, how they came to be so, and what we should look for to prevent the unsavory parts of history from repeating.

Dwelling on the past is often discouraged, especially in many modern ideologies because all that exists is now. We cannot change what has happened before now, and spending too much time looking back can hinder our movement forward or even affect how we experience the present.

While I agree in principle with these ideologies, I think the occasional time travel to the past can be beneficial, even entertaining, and certainly worthwhile if you want to look at this crazy thing we call life in a holistic way.

History Brought Alive is an excellent resource for accomplishing this seemingly daunting task. Their books are concise snapshots of history, written in a way that provides the reader with the important details in a short amount of time in a way that is easy to follow and understand.

This book on Celtic Mythology and History is a great intro to the history of the Celtic people, often misunderstood as exclusively Irish or Scottish (they spanned a far greater geographical area than many lead us to believe). The Celts and their beliefs are unique, even amongst themselves, and that distinction and its importance are well laid out in this book.

I appreciate this book’s focus on what CAN be backed up with the very few and occasionally obscure facts about this group of people and their rich culture. History Brought Alive does so respectfully, honestly, and without too much speculation.

Much of what is known about the Celts was written long after Christianity spread into their lands. The ancient Celts didn’t write much down, instead passing along knowledge, history, and lore orally. Many so-called experts claim things about this beautiful culture but they really don’t seem to have a clue, so it is a refreshing relief to see that History Brought Alive has presented this piece of history in a way that reflects that.

I would definitely recommend this book to everyone, not just history lovers. It’s an interesting and entertaining read.

**I received a copy of this book from**

Published by ATL Doyle

Author, philosopher, military wife, and mother of four boys, in my free time (haha, what is that?), I am a voracious reader and lover of large cups of tea. While I enjoy reading everything, my favorite genre is fantasy. Some of my hobbies include reading and reviewing books on various online platforms, entering writing competitions, feeding the crows that visit my home, and overthinking. I have dabbled in short stories and writing poetry, publishing a small book of my poems in 2022, with an independent publisher. I enjoy keeping the world up-to-date on my writing, reading, and random thoughts on my blog.

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