Sunday, June 23, 2019

Hidden Women: Celtic Burgundy & Europe
by Jacqueline Widmar Stewart
Lexicus Press

"Celtic women fought alongside their men to defend their families; Roman women did not."
The second in a series of books addressing pre-Christian, pre-Roman history hidden within the artifacts of Europe until a century ago, this study brings to light the fascinating discoveries that challenge written accounts of the time. In her attempt to address the implications of the findings, the author relies solely on the archaeology and uses only those written histories which can be independently verified. This look at the accomplishments and contributions of Celtic Burgundy reveals a society whose influence is seen throughout Europe today in architecture, education, hydrology, and textiles. One of the most astounding findings of the artifacts, however, is the equality which women and men enjoyed in Celtic society. In fact, studies reveal that the treatment of women changed dramatically around 2,000 years ago with their subjugation and designation as the mere property of fathers and husbands. 
Stewart’s book is not only one of historical importance; it is one of beauty. Scattered throughout are poems of the author’s impressions of visited sites and the stories they reveal, and anyone wishing to find European sites offering a glimpse into Celtic civilization will also find a useful appendix listing them as well as numerous maps marking important areas of Celtic Burgundy. The many photographs of what was once Celtic Burgundy are as stunning as the newly uncovered history that continues to emerge from its artifacts. The work shines a light onto a world long hidden—a pre-Christian world which “revered women as the gateway to the future, but also honored the leadership, valor, and accomplishments of both [its] men and women.” It is an intriguing world the author introduces to readers and one which calls into question the forces behind its demise.

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