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A treasure hunt that uncovers the secrets of one of the world’s great civilizations, revealing dramatic proof of the extreme sophistication of the Celts, and their creation of the earliest accurate map of the world.
While planning a bicycling trip along the Heraklean Way, the ancient route from Portugal to the Alps, Graham Robb discovered a door to that forgotten world—a beautiful and precise pattern of towns and holy places based on astronomical and geometrical measurements: this was the three-dimensional “Middle Earth” of the Celts. As coordinates and coincidences revealed themselves across the continent, a map of the Celtic world emerged as a miraculously preserved archival document.
Robb—“one of the more unusual and appealing historians currently striding the planet” (New York Times)—here reveals the ancient secrets of the Celts, demonstrates the lasting influence of Druid science, and recharts the exploration of the world and the spread of Christianity. A pioneering history grounded in a real-life historical treasure hunt, The Discovery of Middle Earth offers nothing less than an entirely new understanding of the birth of modern Europe.
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Flaws aside, Robb has broken significant new ground in this deep, fastidiously researched exploration into the ingenuity of the ancient Celtic people.Read Full Review of The Discovery of Middle Earth... | See more reviews from Kirkus
Like the vast and intricate geographical latticework that Robb has uncovered, the book unfurls its secrets in an eerie, magnificent way—a remarkable, mesmerizing, and bottomless work.Read Full Review of The Discovery of Middle Earth... | See more reviews from Publishers Weekly
For most readers, the words “Middle Earth” immediately evoke J. R. R. Tolkien’s “Lord of the Rings,” set in a fantasy world of the same name. But Hobbit aficionados will be sorely disappointed...Robb makes no attempt to connect “The Discovery of Middle Earth” and the Middle Earth where the War of the Ring was fought.Read Full Review of The Discovery of Middle Earth... | See more reviews from NY Times
This worldview is very foreign to the secular modern mind, and Robb's ability to respectfully and compellingly elucidate it is what makes his book intermittently fascinating.Read Full Review of The Discovery of Middle Earth... | See more reviews from LA Times
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