Professor Stuart Piggott's book is the first serious attempt for over forty years to deal systematically with a full range of sources concerning the druids. Sir Thomas Kendrick's study The Druids, A Study in Keltic Prehistory (London, 1927; re-issued New York, 1966), still enjoys an enviable reputation as a comprehensive treatment of the varied source-material on which an account of the druids can be based. It would be quite wrong to suggest that scholars have not in the meantime tried to understand more fully some of the complexity of this material, but we can fairly claim that it is only within the last nine or ten years that we have had a spate of publications attempting a new critical analysis of various aspects of this field of study. Incidentally, an earlier work of considerable importance that is not included in Piggott's bibliography is J. Vendryes, 'La religion des Celtes', in Les rel%ions de I'Europe ancienne, iii ('Mana', Introduction rf I'histoire des religions 2), Paris, 1948.
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