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This review is from: Blood and Mistletoe: The History of the Druids in Britain (Hardcover)
Of course as all the reviews state this is scholarly and indepth look at the development of Druidry in Britain.
However, as with Huttons other books I can never figure out if he is a) trying to support Neo-Paganism, b) Debunk it all as fabricated lies c) provide an objective historical or sociological study. If it is c) I clearly see in some aspects the authors own opinions come into the study making it somewhat skewed and biased. In the same manner as 'Triumph of the Moon' he makes clear his own personal opinion on certain personalities and orders and therefore *not totally objective* So is at an academic study, popular literature or an incoherent mis-mash of both ? Does it support the Neopagan movement ?
The book starts with a reasonably good chapter on the source material for Druidry in particularly a very well researched and accurate look at Irish Druidry. The main bulk of the book then focusses upon various Druid Orders between 17th century upto about the formation of obod and a little beyond. No comment on modern Druid developments in the last 20 years or so. Personally, I found the middle section chapters which form the bulk of the book to be wranglings about middle class pseudo masonic personalities (mostly male) and orders to be very boring indeed. We have a whole gaggle of Hermetic Druids, Masonic style orders and the like etc. In fact this book is more a study on what Isaac Bonewits termed 'Meso-Paganism' from the 17th century revival upto Neo-Paganism.
Still if you are a Druid buff and want to get into these things its a very good study (of course, just read the other reviews !!). Its just that I found the title to be misleading... it is not 'ancient history' nor 'neo-pagan' history. I would have like more history on the developments in the last 20-30 years.