> For example, there is a footnote (p. 9) in Jones' Druid, Shaman, Priest
> an FB book) it says that one function of the king (in Gaul) was to lead
> war band in raids for six weeks each summer.
>Does she give any sources? I have never come across any direct reference
to such a custom, and though it is, in principle, not impossible, I
would rather be cautious with such assumptions. This rather looks like
as if taken from Early Medieval feudal legislation rather than actual
Jones has an extensive bibliography at the back of her book divided into
primary and secondary sources but doesn't reference them in the footnote.
Here is the passage and the footnote:
The tribes were ruled by sacred kings. At teh earliest times these rulers
supervised religious practice, maintained boundaries both physical and
sacred, and led their peoplr in battle. By the time of Caesar's Gallic wars,
the power of kingship in Gaul was declining (although there are hints that
it was still strong as ever in Britain) and political power rested in
magistrates elected from the ranks of the nobility, divided into military
and executive offices. The ruler, whether king or magistrate, was supported
by a council of nobles, but the entire community, including the plebs and
the priests, had to approve of any plans to go to war, for which there was a
specific "season." (fn 4)
(fn 4) This idea also persisted into the Middle Ages in Wales. One function
of the king, in law codes written down in the twelfth century and later, is
to lead his teulu or war-band, a group now composed of feudal retainers
rather tan tribal clients, in raids on other kingships for six weeks each
> If summer was considered to
> begin on the solstice (and I'm not certain if summer was considered to
> begun at Bealtaine or the solstice) does this mean that the raids would
> cease six weeks later at Lughnasadh?
>Well, I assume that, if at all, this mainly depended on local farming
necessities rather than on a fixed start of a "warfare season". Thus,
after having completed the tasks necessary to secure a harvest in late
summer, potential warriors would be more readily available until the
necessities for preparing for harvest arise, which gives you, on the
average, about six to twelve weeks where this pool of potential warriors
is more or less readily available.
> What is the connection with six weeks? The beginning of the harvest?
> Just because I'm a "neo-druidess" doesn't mean I am automatically flawed
> my approach to studies and am not willing to learn anything that doesn't
> jive with some new age airy-fairy how-to-be-a-druid book. I received my
> M.A. in German in 1988 and research just as thoroughly now.
>There are many very well-educated "neo-druids" I know. However, there
are quite many crackpots out there as well, which may have given a
somewhat bad name to neo-druids.
I always thought that part of being a druid was a quest for truth, and that
includes good scholarship. That is my committment. How some who call
themselves druids can do otherwise is beyond me.
> Does this mean I am automatically not allowed to not post?
.No, you, of course, are welcome to post to the list!
Thank you ever so much!