The Gypsies have always been subject to myths about their origins, customs and social organization, in large part because of widespread ignorance. In this lively and informative book, Jean-Pierre Liégeois redresses this shortcoming. Starting with an examination of many legends about Gypsies throughout history, he goes on to trace their true origins and presents a sympathetic – though not uncritical – portrayal of the Gypsy people. Finally, he discusses recent attempts by Gypsies to organise internationally.
Fully illustrated throughout, this book is ideal for anyone who wishes to learn more about this unique people.
About the Author
Jean-Pierre Liégeois is one of Europe's leading authorities on the Gypsies and the author of several books and many articles.
‘This book deserves to find a wide readership.’
‘Interlacing his words with photographs of dignity, insight and empathy, Liégeois succeeds in offering a respectful catalyst to begin to understand about gypsy history and culture.’
The Morning Star