A History of Pagan Europe

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Overview

The first comprehensive study of its kind, this fully illustrated book establishes Paganism as a persistent force in European history with a profound influence on modern thinking.

From the serpent goddesses of ancient Crete to modern nature-worship and the restoration of the indigenous religions of eastern Europe, this wide-ranging book offers a rewarding new perspective of European history.

In this definitive study, Prudence Jones and Nigel Pennick draw together the fragmented sources of Europe's native religions and establish the coherence and continuity of the Pagan world vision. Exploring
Paganism as it developed from the ancient world through the Celtic and Germanic periods, the authors finally appraise modern Paganism and its apparent causes as well as addressing feminist spirituality, the heritage movement,
nature-worship and 'deep' ecology

This innovative and comprehensive history of European Paganism will provide a stimulating, reliable guide to this popular dimension of religious culture for the academic and the general reader alike.

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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
This ambitious work endeavors to demonstrate how the indigenous spiritual traditions of Europe were not wiped out by various invaders but in fact constitute a kind of hidden history of Europe. Jones (Voices of the Circle: The Heritage of Western Paganism, Aquarian Bks., 1990) and Pennick (The Celtic Oracle, Aquarian Bks., 1992) wish to show how the various invaders of Europe adapted aspects of the pagan religions already in existence to fit within the framework of their own. All over Europe are found sacred groves and shrines to deities that were not a part of current religion before its arrival in the area. The authors assert that the original pagan religions of Europe were polytheistic and had goddess and nature elements (without the Fall) that were often incompatible with the invading group's belief system. A ubiquitous and fascinating theme is the role of the goddess and women in each religion. The authors are occasionally guilty of generalizations when trying to cover too long a period. Nevertheless, this work will satisfy those interested in a background for New Age spirituality. The bibliography is extensive, but the notes are sparse. Recommended for public and academic libraries.-Clay Williams, Bluefield State Coll. Lib., W. Va.
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Normally, the word "history'' suggests events of bygone times. One of the startling realities of this unusual chronicle is that the arrival of Christianity not only didn't eliminate pagan religious and social traditions over a period of two thousand years, but co-exists with them today. In fact, the authors point out, paganism is undergoing a powerful revival in modern Europe ... and for that matter, in America as well. Odd as it may seem, the tie is to two movements: ecological concerns and the demand for feminine equality. From the Greek gods and oracles to the Druids, this book offers the most complete (and certainly most readable) study of paganism in all the countries of Europe. Especially notable is the careful analysis of the "re-rise'' of paganism. Neo-paganism exemplifies itself in the emergence of modern witches, who announced themselves after repeal of the U.K.'s Witchcraft Act in 1951. Challenging the Christian perspective of history, the authors argue that modern Europe owes its pluralistic tolerance, love of the arts, respect of empirical method, and other virtues to ancient paganism. To establish paganism as a profound influence on modern thinking, Jones and Pennick examine its history -- beginning in Greece at the dawn of recorded history; to the barely-documented tribal systems of the Picts, Celts, Finns, and others; and on to today's Wicca practitioners. A serious and worthwhile reference on a subject too seldom explored. Indexed, with annotations, bibliography, and many black-and-white illustrations.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415158046
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 2/28/1997
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 779,468
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Prudence Jones is a former president of the Pagan Federation and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. She is the co-editor of Voices from the Circle: the Heritage of Western Paganism (1990) and the author of Creative Astrology (2000). Nigel Pennick is a writer, illustrator and lecturer on ancient and modern mysteries. His publications include The Pagan Source Book (1992) and Sacred Geometry (1994)

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Table of Contents

1. Introduction 2. The Greeks and the Easterm Mediterranean 3. Rome and the Western Mediterranean 4. The Roman Empire 5. The Celtic World 6. The Later Celts 7. The Germanic Peoples 8. Late Germanic Religion 9. The Baltic Lands 10. Russia and the Balkans 11. Paganism Reaffirmed. Bibliography

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