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"With Pagan Britain [Mr Hutton] has written a thoughtful critique of how historians and archaeologists often interpret ruins and relics to suit changing ideas about religion and nationhood...Mr Hutton leads readers to question not only the ways in which Britain's ancient past is analysed, but also how all history is presented. He is also a lovely writer with a keen sense of the spiritual potency of Britain's ancient landscape."-The Economist The Economist "This is an expedition into deep time: a meticulous critical review of the known and sometimes shadowy rituals and beliefs in the British Isles from early prehistory to the advent of Christianity...Ronald Hutton brings the discussion alive with detail and debate...offer[ing] a visceral experience of the remarkable and often enigmatic evidence for ancient beliefs, rituals and practices in the British Isles."-Sarah Semple, Times Higher Education Supplement -- Sarah Semple THES "This magisterial synthesis of archaeology, history, anthropology and folklore traces religious belief in Britain from the emergence of modern humans to the conversion to Christianity."-Jonathan Eaton, Times Higher Education Supplement -- Jonathan Eaton THES "Hutton writes as an even-handed observer of his own discipline, and it is here that most of the solid evidence of ritual behaviour can be found."-Graham Robb, The Guardian -- Graham Robb The Guardian "Graceful prose ... a brisk pace ... This is a big book on a vast subject, presented intelligently."-John L. Murphy, PopMatters -- John L. Murphy PopMatters Shortlisted for the 2015 Hessell-Tilman Prize -- Hessell-Tilman Prize Hessell-Tilman
Ronald Hutton is professor of history, University of Bristol, and a leading authority on ancient, medieval, and modern paganism. He lives in Bristol, UK.
Great in-depth and complete overview, as can be expected by Ronald Hutton. A must-have for every lover of this topic.Published 1 month ago by Annette Flinterman
Excellent service - the wonderful Ronald Hutton at his literate best.Published 4 months ago by Dynesosirgaer
I am sure this is a worthy tome but its prose was so dense, and its sentences so long (a whole paragraph at one point) I just couldn't read it. Read morePublished 5 months ago by R. Kenyon
Should be required reading - especially the final chapter - for all students of the past and present. Evokes all the possibilities the past has to offer based on evidence.Published 9 months ago by Paul Thomas Collins
excellent book yet again Mr Hutton makes it so readable and so compellingPublished 9 months ago by josephine woodford