Sacred Land: Decoding Britain's extraordinary past through its towns, villages and countryside Paperback – 1 Mar 2012
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A wonderful read - intensively researched and inspirationally written, it offers a fascinating insight into our sacred history. Martin's incredible knowledge and storytelling ability shine through - you will never look at a landscape or building in the same way again! (Miranda Krestovnikoff, television presenter, natural historian and author)
Martin Palmer makes a first-rate and unusual tour guide. Sacred Land leads us through the broad sweep of centuries, even millennia, of historical analysis, as well as along gentle and reflective strolls, on trails to be found in places from cities to hamlets. Along the way, clues to the spiritual significance of the sites and features are identified, enriching not only this journey but also providing the foundation for discovering our own insights when we go walking ourselves. (David Nussbaum, Chief Executive, WWF-UK)
The modern world has followed the path of secular materialism for a considerable time. Now we have reached a cul-de-sac. Here comes Martin Palmer as a guide to show us a new way to see the world and develop a sense of the sacred. Nature is not there just for our use, it is a sacred gift to celebrate. Sacred Land is informative, enlightening and inspiring - I read this book and saw the earth in a completely new light. Unless we develop a sense of the sacred, our environmental, economic and social problems will continue to intensify and humanity will find itself increasingly dissatisfied, whereas a sense of the sacred brings joy and delight in everyday life. Martin Palmer's beautifully written book is a companion to help us at a great turning point. (Satish Kumar, Editor in Chief, Resurgence magazine)
Sacred Landis a profound elegy on the true nature of our landscape as well as being a timely reminder that we should 'walk more gently upon the face of the earth'. I was profoundly moved by it (Spectator)
Martin Palmer challenges you to see, experience and relate to the British landscape for yourself... Sacred Land is not just a checklist of romantic sites with ancient associations, but a book lit up by a passionate sense of urgency that we must learn to honour our land with some of the zeal of our ancestors if we are to survive (Barnaby Rogerson of Country Life)
Reveals the hidden secrets and meaning of the landscape of Britain and will help you see your surroundings in a new light.See all Product description
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The disappearance of this credal custom is perhaps another example of what Martin Palmer deplores - a loss of the sense of the sacred in the environment.
We need to enrich our souls by being led to those places which are "thin" - nearer to God.