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5.0 out of 5 stars A Wiccan Druid's View
Review published in 'The Druids' Voice' issue 18:
"The overall theme of this brilliant and wide-ranging collection of essays is the way in which myth, paganism and magic interact with people to produce history. Along the way, we learn (among other things) how myths are made, how the legend of King Arthur has been treated by academics over the years, how Glastonbury...
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3.0 out of 5 stars Hutton�s book both delights and disappoints
"Witches, Druids and King Arthur" is essentially a collection of nine separate, but well-written essays examining the subjects of witchcraft, paganism and myth-making. Author Ronald Hutton, a Professor of History at Bristol University, has attempted to produce a work which will appeal to both academic historians and the general public alike. Whether he has succeeded in...
Published on 8 Aug 2004 by David A. Heath


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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Wiccan Druid's View, 28 Jan 2010
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Review published in 'The Druids' Voice' issue 18:
"The overall theme of this brilliant and wide-ranging collection of essays is the way in which myth, paganism and magic interact with people to produce history. Along the way, we learn (among other things) how myths are made, how the legend of King Arthur has been treated by academics over the years, how Glastonbury became the centre of the New Age universe, how modern paganism in general and Druidry in particular developed, the author's relationship to Wicca, and what J. R. R. Tolkien and C. S. Lewis have to do with it all. Anyone with the remotest interest in any of these subjects will be amused and fascinated throughout what is one of Professor Hutton's most eclectic, witty and immensely readable books to date. It's impossible to recommend this book too highly. Superb. Read it."
To which I'd add that Professor Hutton writes with his usual precision, clarity and wit, and that the essay, 'A Modest Look at Ritual Nudity' alone is worth the price of admission!
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28 of 30 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Hutton�s book both delights and disappoints, 8 Aug 2004
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David A. Heath "aurora899" (Oxford, England (UK)) - See all my reviews
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"Witches, Druids and King Arthur" is essentially a collection of nine separate, but well-written essays examining the subjects of witchcraft, paganism and myth-making. Author Ronald Hutton, a Professor of History at Bristol University, has attempted to produce a work which will appeal to both academic historians and the general public alike. Whether he has succeeded in such a daunting task is a moot point; to paraphrase the late John F. Kennedy, some of this book will appeal to all of its readers, and all of this book will appeal to some of its readers, but it's unlikely that all of this book will appeal to all of its readers. Personally, I found the chapter on "The New Old Paganism" incredibly tedious and had to make a concerted effort to reach the end. By contrast, the essay on Ritual Nudity was delightfully entertaining, as was the chapter discussing the Christian and Pagan influences on the works of C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien.
Although there are a handful of black & white photographs in the centrepiece, this book would really benefit from a few diagrams and illustrations to break up the interminably long text. And despite the work's rather grandiose title, there is (sadly) very little for students of the Arthurian genre. But perhaps this book's major failing is that it simply hasn't been marketed properly, which is (presumably) the fault of the publisher rather than the author.
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13 of 22 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Another great work from Hutton, 2 Mar 2004
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A compelling collection of unusual and interesting essays.
Written by an academic historian, but very accessable. Easier to read than his prior publications, but maintains the depth and accuracy of his more academic works.
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3 of 23 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Never Judge A Book By Its' Cover, 9 Jan 2008
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This review is from: Witches, Druids and King Arthur (Paperback)
As a practising "Pagan in the Street" and someone who has not had a classical education I have to say I struggled greatly with the very academic language and style of this book. I found the content to be long winded and tedious and many sittings left me confused. I failed to see where the title had any relevance to the content of the book and have been left feeling very disappointed in a book I was very much looking forward to reading.
I regret to say that as a book about Paganism it said very very little to me, not a title I would recommend.
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