Every day I read what people say about the books they are reading, and I am left in a dilemma as to what to read, so I go back to my shelves of books collected over the years. Books give me a thrill but I can see people wincing slightly at my choice, not much fiction they say.
Well today I pulled out ' The Life and Death of a Druid Prince', a slightly fanciful reconstruction of the death of the Lindow man in a bog 2000 years ago. Why? well Professor David Wilson, famous criminologist was on the radio this morning. He mentioned writing a book that investigated a murder, which was pinned on the wrong man by the police - eg he was stitched up. I felt sorry for this innocent young man languishing in jail all these years..
Lindow Man has been seen as a sacrificial death, he seemed to have been hung, hit on the head and drowned in the peat bog. The golden Celtic torques are supposed to be reminiscent of the rope as well. Three deaths, (a sacred triad) the number three is symbolic of course. What I love about the book is that Anne Ross has shown photos of the Gaulish Celtic Gods showing the dark nature of another religion. You can also find these gods in the Roman Bath Museum.
|Taranis the Thunder God|
Though I have been over this old ground years ago, the books beckon, or is it the gods? Another book I pulled out, it has been nagging at the back of my mind for a few days now, is, 'Early Renaissance Architecture' by someone called Gotch. The book itself is falling to pieces but within its scope are those marvellous old photographs of houses, probably long gone but relics of great ambition.
Tacitus on the goddess Nerthus...