Ancient and Modern Britons (Volume 1); A Retrospect by David MacRitchiePurchase of this book includes free trial access to www.million-books.com where you can read more than a million books for free. This is an OCR edition with typos. Excerpt from book: CHAPTER III. A DISTINGUISHED writer on ethnology lays down certain propositions which he terms fixed points in British ethnology. His first proposition is this: Eighteen hundred years ago the population of Britain comprised peoples of two types of complexion, the one fair, and the other dark. The dark people resembled the Aquitani and the Iberians; the fair people were like the Belgic Gauls. His second proposition is, The people termed Gauls, and those called Germans, by the Romans, did not differ in any important physical character. These two propositions we may accept as well- founded. A splendid example of this fair race is the Barbarian Prisoner, supposed to te Caractacus, portrayed (from the marble in the British Museum) in the Dilettanti Societys publication of Antique Marbles and Bronzes. If this be truly an Ancient Briton, then the marble fully corroborates the united opinion of the ethnologist and the historian, and shows that the kind of man who is regarded by some as a regular Englishman, or clearly of Norman descent, was a native of Britain centuries before either of those two races entered, or, at any rate, ruled over it. For the noble, manly features of this Barbarian are exactly those attributed to the aristocrat of the popular fancy. That he himself was a real aristocrat there can be no doubt, whatever the name of his race, for his countenance is charged with dignity and force. And if such a face was rightly regarded at one time as that of a member of the ruling class, then it would appear that one of the several nations of pre-Norman and pre- English Britons had re-asserted itself in the long run, though overborne for a time by Saxon and Norman and Dane. Celtic Scotland, Vol. I. p. 164. This style of man was not peculi...
Ancient and Modern Britons : a retrospect (Ancient & Modern Britons, #1)
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Ancient And Modern Britons: Vol. 1 Paperback – 3 Nov Ancient and Modern Britons, Vol. 2 by David Mac Ritchie Paperback £ A very interesting book where he puts forward, that some Ancient Britons were dark skinned, among the Celts!.
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