Celtic Women: Women in Celtic Society & Literature

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Starting with Boadicea, one of the most powerful, historical Celtic female figures, Ellis highlights basic questions such as whether women had equal status and equal rights of inheritance in Celtic society.

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From mythic Mother Danu to the pirate queen Grainne Ni Maille and the Kilkenny "witch" Alice Kyteler, what a marvelous cast of characters is here! Celtic scholar Ellis brings to life the named and unnamed heroines of Ireland, Scotland, Wales, Brittany, and even Celtic England. Reaching back to the mists of prehistory, Ellis offers evidence that Celtic women were accorded rights that modern women are now winning back. For instance, Shannon Faulkner has had to fight to get into the Citadel, but her distant cousin Boudicca led her people in war against Rome. This is a treasury of material that, while impeccable in its scholarship, is written in accessible and enthusiastic fashion. Patricia Monaghan

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College-level women's studies programs will appreciate this contribution to women's history: it provides a scholarly study examining the origins of the Celtic goddess and the presence of Celtic female deities, presenting a case for early evidence of women's rights and powers in ancient Celtic society. Women's impact and presence in Celtic society and literature is traced in a fine title which takes modern issues and provides parallels in the ancient world. -- Midwest Book Review

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