The Veil of Isis (Or, The Mysteries of the Druids), by British historian, explorer, and philosopher, William Winwood Reade, was originally published in 1882. The work explores the grand history, myths, language, social organisation, philosophy, and theology of the ancient Celtic Druids, leading ultimately to the tragedy of their destruction. He also traces the early religions that gave birth to their order. Furthermore it tracks druidic influence into the ceremonies of the Catholic Church, and the rites of Freemasonry. Reade provides a detailed bibliographical appendix to the works consulted during the work’s production.
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