Hidden Women Books


Here you’ll find the books from the HIDDEN WOMEN series, videos featuring the author and much more to explore


The Quest

You are cordially invited to watch “The Quest for Hidden Women,” the story of how an endeavor to understand the past is uncovering Europe’s rich Celtic heritage. Told by the author and her husband, the tale begins with a passion for 15th century Flemish tapestry that is leading the couple to places few international travelers know.



As an on-going exploration, this study seeks to gain insights into the present from Europe’s buried past. A century ago, a woman in Slovenia began uncovering artifacts that challenged history’s conventional telling, and today archeologists are adding to this body of knowledge across the continent and British Isles. It is becoming increasingly clear that the pre-Christians revered women as the gateway to the future, but also honored the leadership, valor and accomplishments of both their men and women. The unavoidable conclusion is that a dramatic change in the treatment of women has occurred during the past 2500 years. By identifying and addressing the causes for this deterioration, equilibrium can return. A deeper understanding of ancestral Celts portends to strengthen the foundations of current society, and especially the family.

The first book in the HIDDEN WOMEN series, A History of Europe, Celts & Freedom, gives a broad, general introduction to the topic. Later volumes delve into various aspects of Celtic Europe to gain a more comprehensive view of the entirety. Given the immensity of the subject matter, a major goal of this project is to engender more research by others. Please help.

The first book in the series: HIDDEN WOMEN: A History of Europe, Celts & Freedom

The first book in the series: HIDDEN WOMEN: A History of Europe, Celts & Freedom

The newest book in the series: HIDDEN WOMEN: Celtic Burgundy & Europe

The newest book in the series:
HIDDEN WOMEN: Celtic Burgundy & Europe


View a Video Introduction to the first book in the series

A History of Europe
Celts & Freedom

“Tracking pre-Christian ancestors has revolutionized our understanding of Europe and woven together loose threads that have made no sense. The greatest bonus is that we now feel connected all over Europe - wherever we travel, we are at home. We hope that the book will give readers the same sense of a rich, pan-European heritage - and help give Celts their due.”


A History of Europe, Celts & Freedom

by Jacqueline Widmar Stewart

New finds call for another look at women in European history. Ever more convincingly, buried treasures show that Europe’s ancient Celts valued females in ways that later empires did not.  Archaeology is uncovering vast differences between these family-centric populations and the Roman Empire that fueled its expansion by conquest, occupation and enslavement of Celtic peoples.  Over the past 2000 years, institutionalized sexism has carried Rome’s elitist male domination all the way to the present.

Jacqui and the team are offering a free download of the eBook version. Click below to enjoy


5 x 8 inches.  180 pp, 101 full-color images.  6 poems.
Available on Amazon, both in e-book and in paperback.

Kindle ISBN 978-0-9727484-1-4, $9.99
Paperback ISBN 978-1-9735597-4-0, /$24.99

Lexicus Press announces

Celtic Burgundy & Europe

by Jacqueline Widmar Stewart

Focusing on women and one of the main Celtic families from the Iron Age, this book exhibits the Burgundians’ major role in defeating Roman invaders and their preservation of Celtic art. With the Franks, they led Celtic Europe during the Merovingian and Carolingian eras. The author weaves together archaeological evidence and current associations to provide an astonishing look at this distinguished Celtic European family.


Publication date November 15, 2018
ISBN 978-1731089977
Retail Price $24.95
Page count 174 pages
Genre/Subgenre Nonfiction/Travel & History



The author has made translations from The HIDDEN WOMEN Series available below

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German Translation

Eine Geschichte Europas, Kelten & Freiheit

VON Jacqueline Widmar Stewart

Neue Funde erfordern einen neuen Blick auf Frauen in der europäischen Geschichte. Vergrabene Schätze zeigen immer überzeugender, dass die alten Kelten in Europa Frauen so schätzten wie spätere Reiche nicht. Die Archäologie entdeckt große Unterschiede zwischen diesen familienzentrierten Bevölkerungsgruppen und dem Römischen Reich, die ihre Expansion durch Eroberung, Besetzung und Versklavung der keltischen Völker befeuerten. In den letzten 2000 Jahren hat der institutionalisierte Sexismus Roms elitäre Männerherrschaft bis in die Gegenwart getragen.

Slovenian Translation

Zgodovina Evrope, Keltov in Svobode

Jacqueline Widmar Stewart

Nove najdbe zahtevajo nov pogled na ženske v evropski zgodovini. Vse prepričljivejše zakopani zakladi kažejo, da so stari Kelti v Evropi cenili ženske na edinstven način, kar pa ne velja za poznejše imperije. Arheologija odkriva velike razlike med tem družinsko usmerjenim prebivalstvom in rimskim cesarstvom, se je širilo z osvajanjem, zasedbo in zasužnjevanjem keltskih ljudstev. Za zadnjih 2000 letih je za Rim značilna institucionalizirana moška dominacija.  

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Celtic Burgundy & Europe

by Jacqueline Widmar Stewart
Published by Lexicus Press

Book Review by Kat Kennedy

"Celtic women fought alongside their men to defend their families; Roman women did not."

The second in a series of books addressing pre-Christian, pre-Roman history hidden within the artifacts of Europe until a century ago, this study brings to light the fascinating discoveries that challenge written accounts of the time. In her attempt to address the implications of the findings, the author relies solely on the archaeology and uses only those written histories which can be independently verified. This look at the accomplishments and contributions of Celtic Burgundy reveals a society whose influence is seen throughout Europe today in architecture, education, hydrology, and textiles. One of the most astounding findings of the artifacts, however, is the equality which women and men enjoyed in Celtic society. In fact, studies reveal that the treatment of women changed dramatically around 2,000 years ago with their subjugation and designation as the mere property of fathers and husbands.

Stewart’s book is not only one of historical importance; it is one of beauty. Scattered throughout are poems of the author’s impressions of visited sites and the stories they reveal, and anyone wishing to find European sites offering a glimpse into Celtic civilization will also find a useful appendix listing them as well as numerous maps marking important areas of Celtic Burgundy. The many photographs of what was once Celtic Burgundy are as stunning as the newly uncovered history that continues to emerge from its artifacts. The work shines a light onto a world, a long hidden pre-Christian world, which revered women as the gateway to the future, but also honored the leadership, valor, and accomplishments of both [its] men and women. It is an intriguing world the author introduces to readers and one which calls into question the forces behind its demise.

RECOMMENDED by the US Review


A History of Europe, Celts & Freedom

by Jacqueline Widmar Stewart
Published by Lexicus Press

book review by Michelle Jacobs

"New information gives glimpses into a world where women were treated better 2000 years ago than today."

What do the Celts have to do with the tax-exempt status of churches? Stewart’s book makes its way to a connection in this wide-ranging exploration of Celtic history. She begins with a song of praise to women and ends with a bulleted call to action for “going forward” to reclaim the values and cultural equilibrium achieved by the ancient Celts. Overall, the purpose of the book is to explore the hidden layers of Celtic history in Europe which can be found through archeological discoveries, analysis of Roman conquests, and a critique of the rise of Christianity. She invites readers to reconsider history by looking more closely at the role of women and of the family in the Celtic tradition.

Stewart acknowledges the role and value of “ancestral women” throughout the book and reminds readers that history is often written by the victor. As a result, women have been devalued in history and ignored as equal partners and leaders. This loss of place in history has ramifications still felt today as women strive for equality. But Stewart believes it is possible to uncover the history of the suppressed if one “seek(s) the Celtic layer in all of Europe”—for the Celtic layer revered women as creators, artisans, partners, and defenders of the family. Stewart leads the way in this endeavor for truth by examining the past, discovering new finds in the present, and inspiring the future.

Beautiful color photographs, informative maps, and copious endnotes all provide support for this well-researched historical inquiry and critique. Each section leads with a poem that highlights the theme and provides an effective contrast of tone and form to this reference book and historical guide. With this feminist view of history, Stewart has crafted an inclusive examination of the ancient Celts and the values they held. The work feels fresh and original as Stewart highlights ancient female warriors, feminist writers, thinkers, and archeologists. Women who have been neglected in the history books until Stewart resurrected their names set off a brief spark that will inspire the reader to mine other history books and biographies for more in-depth information.

Like Hidden Figures, a movie which also rescued amazing and accomplished women from obscurity, Stewart’s book reminds us that women have always influenced the ways of the world. Stewart digs deep into the ancient past, but the result is the same: women take their rightful place in the history of the world. These stories of women in history are extremely relevant and necessary as women today have ignited a new movement that demands attention. As the #MeToo movement gains traction, Stewart’s book feels prescient and wise as she seeks to take back history to tell the story of the Celts who treated women with reverence and the family as the core of the community. Just as the Me Too Movement challenges social norms, Stewart expertly challenges the legacy of a male hierarchy that has silenced and subjugated women.

With multi-disciplinary evidence and a persuasive voice, Stewart calls out the domineering historical legacies of conquerors and of religion that have sought to silence the stories of women. She argues elegantly for women without the shrill overtones of desperate anger that conservative critics might dismiss. Stewart’s tone will appeal to all readers of history as she celebrates Celtic women and connects their legacy with present-day social issues. Stewart, not content to merely criticize, offers solutions to the problems women face because of historical misrepresentations, inaccuracies, and the inheritance of patriarchy. Stewart’s advocacy is powerful and practical and is synchronized perfectly with the voices of today calling out for change.

RECOMMENDED by the US Review



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Celtic Burgundy & Europe

by Jacqueline Widmar Stewart

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Danahey on the Loose, Reading About Celtic Women
Free Craic – Citizens Report American Irish Culture

Curiosity may have killed the cat, but Jacqueline Widmar Stewart has found being inquisitive – and writing about her explorations – is a fine way to spend her Modern Maturity years. I first interviewed Stewart 13 years ago about her book, The Glacier’s Treasure Trove: A Field Guide to the Lake Michigan Riviera. While her studies, a law career and starting a family took her to Northern California, Stewart grew up in Beverly Shores, Indiana, in a home her parents built not far from the dunes along Lake Michigan.




A History of Europe, Celts & Freedom


The Eric Hoffer Award honors the memory of the great American philosopher Eric Hoffer by highlighting salient writing, as well as the independent spirit of small publishers. Since its inception, the Hoffer has become one of the largest international book awards for small, academic, and independent presses.




Help detect the real story of Europe's Celtic past

Secrets long buried now show a rich, productive, connected Iron Age. Celtic societies prized women, family and nature, and still do. How then did women go from revered to reviled? It's time for a good look at male-dominated institutions.


You Too Can Sleuth!

Gather all the verifiable evidence you can; then step back and look at it as a whole. Find how it fits together and view new information against that backdrop. Share your findings here:

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You Too Can Sleuth!

The Charlemagne Case Study


Startling evidence points to the fact that Europe’s early leaders like Clovis and Charlemagne did not convert, but that “conversion to Christianity” actually meant they had been killed and their realm overtaken.   Whether Roman, Hapsburg or otherwise, it becomes ever clearer that conquerors hid behind royal and religious façades to invade and occupy Europe and enslave its residents. Two of the strongest and most obvious signs of this: (1) Franks notoriously fought their invaders to the death and (2) Christianity and royalty openly used deadly means to terrorize, overtake, subdue and mischaracterize their victims.

This webpage acts as an open forum to voice insights into the massive deceptions that use religion as their mask.  Germans, for example, are really Franks and Burgundians who brought down Roman strongholds in the Rhinelands. For that reason, conquerors vilify the Germans again and again.  Caesars portrayed Germans as ferocious warriors because they fought so fiercely against his takeover. It is also likely that they contrived the German language to separate people by class, imposed differences of nationality and pinned atrocities like mass executions on them.  

Similarly, even those well-versed in all things French decline to associate the Franks with France and Frankish realms.  Consider 7th century Carantania, Francia and the East Reaches (Österreich, or Austria).  Arguably “Reich” originally meant the eastern parts of Celtic Europe, consistent with the Celtic penchant for naming descriptively, and then later changed to the sense of material wealth prized by empires and the aristocracy, or “rich.”  

The view propounded by those reluctant to connect France and the Franks relies on false attributions, like uncouth pre-Christian pagans.  These old derogations shatter with one look into an Iron Age burial chamber. A walk through a reconstructed village leaves no doubt that these pre-Christian Franks and Burgundians form a vital part of Europe’s heritage.  

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The word pagan, too, wrongly associates Celts with barbaric rituals.  In earlier times, when entire families were slain it probably indicated an enemy attack rather than ritual.  Today the first thought is mafia, and in those days the most likely suspect was an outside foe too.

Similarly, the word pagan derives from the concept of countryside.  To mitigate against attackers and slave hunters, living scattered in rural areas made it more difficult to round people up in large numbers.  Also, the Iron Age preceded the Current Era, so it is impossible to denounce these people as unchristian. Unchristian connotes tolerance and inclusivity, though, since by Biblical dictates Christians must be intolerant and exclusive.

Christianize and civilize have been used interchangeably, but now those designations need to be revisited as to whether both words are euphemisms for enslavement.



You Too Can Sleuth

The Case Study of Where IS Burgundy and Why Care?

To see glimpses of a 15th century Burgundian library collection that had been hidden away for centuries, please click on video.  This slide presentation features illuminated manuscripts with subject matter that was banned in Europe for some 1400 years by heresy laws.  Imposed by church state officials and enforced by imperial military apparatus, these laws were used to annihilate non-religious materials and punish those who possessed or created any such work. 

Of particular note, the beauty of this heretofore unseen world allows views into the 15th century everyday life.  Scenes of authors presenting their work (likely to officials for inclusion in this library collection), scholars at work, foreign delegations being welcomed under heavy guard, an elderly gentleman being helped with his bath, geometric gardens, grape harvest and wine production, finely crafted ceilings, refuge castles, thermal baths, intricately designed fabrics - reflect the many aspects of a previously unknown pre-Renaissance world.  

Characteristics present in these images relate back to Celtic times and connect to the present era as well, particularly the elevation of family and the representation of females.  Instead of the typical bowed head and contrite posture shown in church-related artwork, these women stand tall and splendidly clad.  The lively, colorful portrayals contrast markedly with the usual medieval themes of death and subservience, and support the thesis of 15th century Burgundy as the last stronghold of Celtic culture in Europe.  

Once the Hapsburg Empire breached Belgium's massive fortifications and tore down the refuge castles, the church state effectively erased the most obvious evidence of the flourishing civilization that had connected Europe for some 2000 years since the Iron Age.  

Remarkably, the same attitudes toward women that the church state imposed on Europe in the Middle Ages appear to have been carried down to the present day.  Laws in 21st century Europe and the US continue to suppress women in ways that seem surprisingly similar to the medieval heresy laws, and far from the balanced approach that is apparent even from these tiny glimpses into 15th century Burgundy.