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5.0 out of 5 stars A Cracking Good Read
It's rare to find a history book that's a real page-turner, but I read this one at a single sitting because I couldn't bear to put it down.
It helps that Rattue, as well as being an accomplished historian, is also a master of the pithy one-liner as a form of subtle criticism, but the book is so well researched that it would be compelling in any case. Beginning by...
Published on 13 Mar. 2003 by Mr. Andrew T. Anderson

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3.0 out of 5 stars Great info but don't like the text type and format
Great info but don't like the text type and format.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Cracking Good Read, 13 Mar. 2003
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Mr. Andrew T. Anderson "Andy A" (Southampton, UK) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: The Living Stream: Holy Wells in Historical Context (Paperback)
It's rare to find a history book that's a real page-turner, but I read this one at a single sitting because I couldn't bear to put it down.
It helps that Rattue, as well as being an accomplished historian, is also a master of the pithy one-liner as a form of subtle criticism, but the book is so well researched that it would be compelling in any case. Beginning by outlining the origins of well worship in the ancient world, the author considers the relationship between wells, society in general and Christianity in particular. That the final chapter, considering modern attitudes to holy wells, is subtitled "wells and suburban angst" may give some idea of the author's approach.
For any well enthusiast, the book would be worth having for the gazetteers and bibliography alone - where I'm familiar with the primary sources used, these are accurately cited and unlike much of the "new-age" literature on the subject, this book is mercifully free from selective quotation. It deserves to become the standard work on the topic and will hopefully encourage further research.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Well good!, 2 Oct. 2014
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As with most books that have been written on this subject, the author traces the development of the religious uses of water from thoses which were based largely in superstision, such as pilgrimages to and veneration at holy wells, through the protestant reformation when a new 'reformed' religious landscape began to emerge. Of course this may be viewed as a positive advancement, however, it seems that there is still a certain sense of longing for those lost days when the natural world was more simply appriciated lodged in modern nostalgia! A very interesting book overall that should hopefully inspire interest in some of the UK's less well known and hard to find historic sites!
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5.0 out of 5 stars book, 21 May 2012
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This book about ancient Holy Well in the UK is fascinating and informative as many still exist in one form or another. Book arrived promtly and in good condition. Thank you
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 24 Sept. 2014
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3.0 out of 5 stars Great info but don't like the text type and format, 7 Aug. 2014
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