Saturday 16 November 2013

Pagan Britain: Professor Ronald Hutton's New Book

This morning's post brought me something lovely - a review copy of Ronald Hutton's latest book, Pagan Britain.

I'm very much looking forward to reading it, and when I've done so I'll review it. But, it is a big book and will take me a while to finish I expect. In the meantime, here is what the press release, from publisher Yale University Press, has to say:
Britain's pagan past, with its astonishing number and variety of mysterious monuments, atmospheric sites, enigmatic artefacts, bloodthirsty legends and cryptic inscriptions, has always enthralled and perplexed us. Pagan Britain is a history of religious beliefs from the Old Stone Age to the coming of Christianity. This ambitious book integrates the latest evidence to survey our transformed - and transforming - understanding of early religious behaviour; and, also, the way in which that behaviour has been interpreted in recent times, as a mirror for modern dreams and fears. From the Palaeolithic era to the coming of Christianity and beyond, Hutton reveals the long development, rapid suppression, and enduring cultural significance of paganism. Woven into the chronological narrative are numerous case studies of sacred sites - both the well known Stonehenge, Avebury, Seahenge and Maiden Castle, and more unusual far-flung locations across the mainland and coastal islands. Celebrating the powerful challenge and stimulus offered to our imagination by relics of Britain's deep past, this rich book reveals much about archaeological and historical endeavour and our modern quest to know.
You can see more at: and you can order Pagan Britainvia Amazon, in hardback and Kindle format.

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