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Ley Lines: A Comprehensive Guide to Alignments [Paperback]

Danny Sullivan
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24 Aug 2000
An introduction to the phenomenon of the alignment of ancient sites. It examines the discovery of ley lines by Alfred Watkins in the 1920s exploring all the explanatory theories, before going on to look at developments in research into ley lines.

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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Piatkus; New edition edition (24 Aug 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0749921374
  • ISBN-13: 978-0749921378
  • Product Dimensions: 21.3 x 13.7 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,214,420 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Ley lines, spirit ways, ghost roads and old straight tracks.
Evidence for ley lines can be found in many ancient cultures from all over the world. In this splendid new book, the former editor of "The Ley Hunter" looks at the various fads, fashions and theories that have haunted this fascinating and mysterious subject in recent years. The book is illustrated on every page and includes a glossary of leys from Great Britain and Europe. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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The definitive book on ley lines for the 21st Century
Ley lines have been the subject of heated debate between ley hunters and archaeologists ever since their discovery by Alfred Watkins in the 1920s. In the 75 years since their discovery they have been atttributed mystical meaning, been associated with prehistoric travellers, UFOs, invisible earth energies, ghosts, marauding spirits, shamans, madmen and the feet of angels. Many attempts have been made to understand and explain the extraordinary phenomenon of dead straight lines of prehistoric monuments, such as stone circles and standing stones, ancient and forgotten churches, wind-swept hill tops and stretches of antique trackways. Not until now has it been possible to look back over the years of research, speculation and theorising to paint a coherent picture of the colourful history of ley hunting and to come close to an understanding of the phenomenon. Danny Sullivan's Ley Lines does this with reference to all the theories that have ever been put forward to explain the archaic landscape line. It gives a detailed history of the subject from its Edwardian roots, through the hippy revival of the 1960s and 70s, to the rational and multidisciplinary approach of the late 1990s. It also contains an illustrated directory of over 50 ley lines from the UK, Ireland and mainland Europe and tells you how you can find ley lines for yourself.

For those already ley hunting and for those who would like to take it up: Contact the Society of Ley Hunters at clement@pavilion.co.uk

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46 of 46 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Informative and thoroughly enjoyable 2 Aug 2009
Having read The Old Straight Track, I never felt the need to know any more about Ley Lines, that is until I came across this book by Danny Sullivan. I thought it might show how things have developed since Alfred Watkin's book written 75 years previously. I was not disappointed. The author gives an update of the theories behind the straight lines, quoting in detail from a variety of sources. The book balances folk tales & customs, social history & ghost stories with scientific studies and astronomical research. Photos, diagrams, and an excellent Directory of 50 Ley Lines add to this detailed and thoroughly enjoyable read. I learned a lot. Thank You, Danny
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Good Clear Introduction to Ley Lines 20 Nov 2008
An excellent and clearly written introduction to Ley Lines and their history and meaning. This book can be read prior to reading Alfred Watkins guide to Ley Lines for a true appreciation of this powerful theory of energy.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very informative 6 May 2001
By Chris
I bought this book out of casual interest. I'm no ley hunter and didn't know much about the subject at all. I was impressed with the content of the book and never realised leys had such a long history. I still dont fancy trudging about in fields, but a good read nevertheless.
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4.0 out of 5 stars good work 26 Mar 2010
By phil
an exccelent book, a little smaller than I thought, but great service and help from the seller
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