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Pagan Britain [Hardcover]

Ronald Hutton
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1 Nov 2013
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.

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  • Hardcover: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Yale University Press (1 Nov 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0300197713
  • ISBN-13: 978-0300197716
  • Product Dimensions: 24.2 x 16.3 x 4.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 81,544 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Graceful prose . . . a brisk pace . . . This is a big book on a vast subject, presented intelligently."--John L./i>--John L. Murphy "PopMatters "

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Ronald Hutton is Professor of History at the University of Bristol and a leading authority on ancient, medieval and modern paganism. Among his many previous books is Blood and Mistletoe: The History of the Druids in Britain, published by Yale.

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In 1991, Ronald Hutton published 'The Pagan Religions of the Ancient British Isles,' at the time a unique, one-volume survey of its subject that quickly, and rightly, attained classic status, being quoted in almost every subsequent work on British prehistory. This new book is designed to supersede it, reassessing its contents and conclusions, expanding on it and adding a huge amount of new information that has come to light over the last two decades.
First impressions are of an attractive, well-produced book, containing many more illustrations than its predecessor, though still in monochrome. The illustrations are well-chosen, including many of the usual suspects - the 'Sorcerer of Trois Frères,' the 'Venus of Willendorf,' and so on - but going well beyond them. For example, a group headed 'Less familiar Palaeolithic images' includes human figurines that were found alongside the much better known 'Venuses' on which whole theories of prehistoric belief have been built. These images and their accompanying text provide one example of a process Hutton follows throughout the book, returning to original excavation reports and re-examining, often at first-hand, the objects described so as to place them in their proper context. He has visited or re-visited many sites where objects were found, often in company with archaeological specialists. This meticulous research is filtered through the author's broad areas of personal interest, including ancient and modern paganisms and shamanism. These interests, however, are never allowed to overwhelm the evidence.
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4.0 out of 5 stars I didn't know that! 26 Feb 2014
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Educational and entertaining history of prehistoric Britain and Europe from a prospective I had not been exposed to before. Makes me want to visit some of the sites discussed and consider them from a better-informed perspective.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent read 20 Jan 2014
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I must admit I purchased the book because the author, Professor Ronald Hutton was a keynote speaker at a Celtic Conference that my University held before Christmas. But delving further into the book I have found it to be a great read full to the brim with interesting details about Pagan Britain. Also it happens to be useful for dissertation next year with a chapter about Pagan deities and Roman Britain.

I would highly recommend it for fans of his work and those who find the subject fascinating, a very good book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great book 15 Jan 2014
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Arrived well on time and well packaged, xmas present for the other half. He's really enjoying and as a lot of the areas mentioned are near to us, he intends going on lots of trips to visit the sites.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 20 Aug 2014
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Excellent.
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