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- Publisher: Avalonia; 2nd Kindle Edition edition (7 Feb. 2014)
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B007EFWHV4
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- Average Customer Review: 18 customer reviews
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The Isles of the Many Gods: An A-Z of the Pagan Gods & Goddesses of Ancient Britain worshipped during the First Millenium through to the Middle Ages Kindle Edition
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Top Customer Reviews
I'd just like to respond to the reviewer who criticised the work for being too pricey. The Kindle Edition (which I read) is *not* that expensive, and given that Kindle reading apps are free, this is not really a fair criticism.
I have to give them big kudos for the quality of research and documentation that is included in this book. The bibliography is probably the largest I've ever seen in association with a pagan book, and it is not mostly referencing other pagan authors. Rather, this is a scholarly work, and if you have ever done any historical research on the British Isles, you will recognize some of these names.
Secondly, the explanation of the work is one of the best introductions I've ever read. Not only do we find out what the book is about, but Rankine and D'Este explain what they did, why they chose the Gods/Goddesses they chose, historical reference for their choices and a some background material that is a must have for the use of this book.
I like the layout of the book, from the front Table of Contents, to the well thought out Index, to the layout of the information on each of the Gods and Goddesses. This makes this a great reference book for anyone looking at the God and Goddesses of the British Isles.
I keep using the "British Isles" reference, because the book does not confine itself to any particular culture or island in that area. The Gods and Goddesses were introduced and evolved based on the cross cultures in that area over a period of time. The book covers all the Deities of the area, and while I did notice some obscure Deities that I did not expect, there were some I didn't recognize and reading through all the material was an education.Read more ›
One thing that I loved about this book was the authors' explanation at the start of the book as to who was included and why. The table of contents and the links included in this kindle version work like a dream and I was able to find and read the deity I wanted to very simply, as well as reading through the introductions etc.
I have to add that I got this book whilst it was on promotion on Amazon for £0.00. I will definitely be keeping this book to refer back to again and again but at the price quoted above, I would still have got it and have been very happy with a quality book at an unbelievable good value for money price.
Why is this book different? Because, as I turned the pages, I have not only been surprised by the wealth of knowledge and information between its covers, but also been very pleased with the level of writing and scholarship. A lot of research must have gone into this book and it surpasses any other on the market by far.
For anyone interested in working with British Deities or just learning about them, this book is invaluable.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Just what I needed great book informative can help if you don't know which godds or goddesses your drawn to work with. But great to read to learn about them too. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Amazon Customer
Thought it would be an interesting read but it is more like slogging through a school reference book! Found some interesting facts thoug, cannot fault the research.Published 22 months ago by Mrs. K. E. Williams
Wonderfully interesting. A book to browse at odd moments, or for reference. I have no doubt there are flaws in it, but overall just full of interesting odds and ends about the... Read morePublished on 18 Aug. 2014 by Lesley Prince
Does what it says on the tin! Some highly speculative stuff in places but it would make a great guide-book if you wanted to go and look at local sites and relics.Published on 6 July 2014 by Steve Hewitt
When I ordered this book, I was expecting a decidedly British Isles take on all the many local gods; gods who inhabited the rivers and lakes, the thickly forested hills, the misty... Read morePublished on 6 May 2014 by Julie Sobchack
Great little book for reference purposes. Short sections on most Gods and easy to understand.
Would definitely recommend to others