Full title: Celtic Cornwall: Nation. Tradition. Invention
Author: Alan M. Kent
Photographer: Jan Beare
Published: 23 July 2012
Pages: 288 with an index of place names and a bibliography
Synopsis: Exploring the sites associated with the Celts, both in ancient and more modern times, this volume provides a fascinating insight into the landscape, life and traditions that have made Cornwall and its people ‘different’.
Review: The book is organized like a Gazetteer, and it discusses the areas of Penwith, West Cornwall and Scilly. There is an index in the back with place names so that you can look up a certain area and the entries have color coded dotes that tell you what interest the entry falls under. The interests include: Arthurian references, literature, sacred wells, monuments, Celtic crosses just to name a few.
I was looking for things in this book that point towards an ancient Celtic calendar or at least hints to feasts…it didn’t really have any. What it did have was an amazing array of places that will give you a taste of how complicated Cornwall is and how beautiful. I think this book is a great place to look if you want a historical tour of Cornwall or are planning the best places to see while you are there. The pictures are beautiful and very intriguing. The information that accompanies the entries is very informative and interesting. Great reference to places I want to one day visit.