Celtic Fosterage: Adoptive Kinship and Clientage in Northwest Europe

  title={Celtic Fosterage: Adoptive Kinship and Clientage in Northwest Europe},
  author={Peter S. C. Parkes},
  journal={Comparative Studies in Society and History},
  pages={359 - 395}
  • P. Parkes
  • Published 8 March 2006
  • History
  • Comparative Studies in Society and History
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