A Celtic warrior was considered a fearsome opponent. Thought to have been barbaric and quarrelsome by nature, they managed to maraud their way across much of Europe, conquering other nations by way of several tribes, or clans, banding together.
Although a Celtic warrior wasn’t considered a specific social class, in comparison to modern day societies, they were on a par with aristocracy. Both men and women were allowed to follow a warrior’s path, training in combat from a young age.
One of the main Celtic war tactics appears to have been based upon stimulating fear in their enemies. Stories abound of naked warriors, covered in daub (a type of blue paint), swords held aloft, screaming and charging into battle with wild abandon.
As far as history is concerned, there was only one tribe known to have behaved in such a manner. However, what is known about the Celts is the fact that they were a large, heavily built people, often blonde or red headed.
Celtic warfare consisted of a lack of basic military discipline. The Celtic warriors were known more for their barbaric style of war-mongering, in as much as they fought almost like a horde of beserkers. At best fearless and worst, chaotic, they were known as head hunting barbarians in battle.
They wore horned helmets, possibly as means of adding to their fearsome look as much as for protection. They would beat their heavy swords against their shields, shrieking at their opponents. Their swords were used for slashing and hacking and the Celts held little regard for finesse when it came to hand to hand combat.
It is entirely likely that when it came to battle, Celtic warriors were, for want of a better word, crazy. Which would explain why, despite their lack of discipline, they were a relatively successful opponent in open warfare.
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