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Simon Jenkins: ‘The Celts never existed. They are an invention’

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Simon Jenkins, author of The Celts: A Sceptical History. Photo by David Levenson/Getty Images

Simon Jenkins, author of The Celts: A Sceptical History. Photo by David Levenson/Getty Images

Simon Jenkins, author of The Celts: A Sceptical History. Photo by David Levenson/Getty Images

Who were the Celts? Where did they come from? Were they one tribe or several? It depends who you ask.

For Simon Jenkins, the 79-year-old journalist and historian, there is no uncertainty. “There is no one tribe of Celts because the Celts never existed,” he says from his home in central London. “They’re an invention.” This is the central argument of the former Times of London editor’s latest book, The Celts: A Sceptical History.


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