Mrs. P. J. Billington

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Blood and Mistletoe: The History of the Druids in &hellip by Ronald Hutton
34 of 36 people found the following review helpful
This long-awaited book is, quite simply, a tour de force. Interpretations of Druidry through the ages, treated to scrupulous scholarly dissection, in a masterly fashion. The first chapter, the raw material, should be required reading for all who have ever given credence to the impeccability of original sources...but given their suspect nature, how has Ronald Hutton extracted the truth from any, and given coherence to this book?

From Caesar, a truly machiavellian author, onwards, a succession of agenda-laden activists, scholars and authors have fashioned an image of druids for the popular imagination to suit the political and cultural points they are making. By examining all these… Read more
The Book of English Magic by Philip Carr-Gomm
The Book of English Magic by Philip Carr-Gomm
17 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent read!, 25 July 2009
'The book of English Magic explores the curious and little-known fact that, of all the countries in the world, England has the richest history of magical lore and practice.'
The scene is set. Armed with magical maps of England and London, we take our seats on the charabanc for a geographical and historical excursion through the trackways, villages and cities of England, in search of magic in all its forms.
This is a thorough and well-researched journey with knowledgeable and trustworthy guides; the Open University study tour of the occult rather than the Blackpool illuminations trippers' special. Yet it reads so well and easily that absorbing a wealth of information feels like a… Read more

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