The Historical Atlas of the Celtic World

The Historical Atlas of the Celtic World

  1. John Haywood
  2. Foreword by Barry Cunliffe
  • ISBN 9780500288313
  • 28.00 x 21.50 cm
  • Paperback
  • 144pp
  • 214 Illustrations, 180 in colour
  • Including 54 maps
  • First published 2009
‘A brilliantly balanced and entirely up-to-date picture of the Celts through time … an incomparable source, an essential companion for everyone setting out to discover the Celts’ – Professor Barry Cunliffe


In a series of stunning full-colour maps, covering 3,000 years and spanning the whole of Europe, The Historical Atlas of the Celtic World charts the dramatic history of the Celts from their Bronze Age origins to the present-day diaspora.

No other book presents the story of the Celts so graphically and accessibly. Ranging over archaeology and military, cultural, literary and political history, this is a superb volume for home reference and an ideal introduction to one of Europe’s most inventive and influential people.

Taking into account academic controversies over the historical identity of the Celts and the latest research, the atlas examines the Continental Celts, the Atlantic Celts (Britain and Ireland) and the Celtic identity in the modern world.

Who were the Celts?
The Celtic identity – from their languages to Druids, sanctuaries, temples, hillforts and brochs
The earliest Celts
Their origins in the Bronze Age and their remarkable migrations across Europe in the Iron Age
The Continental Celts
From the Hallstatt and La Tène cultures to the Celts of France, Spain, Italy and Anatolia, and their fate under Roman rule
The Celts of Britain and Ireland
From Roman times and King Arthur to the rise of Gaelic Ireland, the Welsh princedoms and the making of Scotland
The Celts today
The spread of Celts to all corners of the globe, from North America to Patagonia, South Africa and Australia, and the Celtic Revival
Each map is accompanied by an authoritative text and supporting illustrations.

John Haywood is an Honorary Research Fellow in the Department of History at the University of Lancaster and a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society of Great Britain. He has written many books, including The Celts: from Bronze Age to New Age.