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on 15 July 2010
This is in no way an encylopaedia of Anglo Saxon England - it is an encylopaedia of Christian Anglo Saxon England and is predicated on the unchallenged prejudice that everything Christianity says is true. For instance, a king who chose not to be Christian but stayed true to the gods of his ancient people is said to have "lapsed". Why is he not described as achieving enlightenment or, better for an encylopaedia, just having his actions stated without any emotive words judging his choices. Indeed, the book entirely fails to mention the gods of Anglo Saxon England. There is no entry for Woden or Thunor so, despite giving their names to days of the week, being legendary projenators of the royal houses and central to society they do not, apparently, merit mention. This book is just hard-bound bigotry. If the church didn't approve of something, neither does this book. Indeed, this book re-writes history to pretend that the Anglo Saxon gods never existed. How useful is that in a tome which describes itself as an encyclopaedia?
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