Pagan Religions Ancient British / Edition 1

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This is the first survey of religious beliefs in the British Isles from the Old Stone Age to the coming of Christianity, one of the least familiar periods in Britain's history. Ronald Hutton draws upon a wealth of new data, much of it archaeological, that has transformed interpretation over the past decade. Giving more or less equal weight to all periods, from the Neolithic to the Middle Ages, he examines a fascinating range of evidence for Celtic and Romano-British paganism, from burial sites, cairns, megaliths and causeways, to carvings, figurines, jewellery, weapons, votive objects, literary texts and folklore.

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Editorial Reviews

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"An excellent, up-to-date compendium of British pagan religions based primarily upon recent archaeological findings. Hutton has contributed a well documented resource which has popular interest." Library Journal

"Brilliant ... Hutton's book gives us by far the best, most level-headed overview of this fascinating but contentious subject." Times Literary Supplement

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"An excellent, up-to-date compendium of British pagan religionsbased primarily upon recent archaeological findings. Hutton hascontributed a well documented resource which has popular interest."Library Journal

"Brilliant ... Hutton's book gives us by far the best, mostlevel-headed overview of this fascinating but contentious subject."Times Literary Supplement

Library Journal
Hutton (British history, Bristol Univ.) offers an excellent, up-to-date compendium on British pagan religions based primarily upon recent archaeological findings. Various pre-Christian religions in the British Isles throughout history are discussed beginning as far back as 30,000 B.C., when carvings on portable objects first seem to have appeared. Hutton continues coverage through the Roman influence and the eventual advance of Christianity, which coincided with the disappearance of the pagan religions from the British Isles. He closes with a discussion of the remaining influences and traces of the early pagan religions. Hutton has contributed a well-documented resource which has popular interest. Recommended for most libraries.-- Paula I. Nielson, Loyola Mary mount Univ. Lib., Los Angeles
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780631189466
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 12/16/1993
  • Edition description: REPRINT
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 422
  • Sales rank: 1,301,183
  • Product dimensions: 6.05 (w) x 9.05 (h) x 0.91 (d)

Meet the Author

Ronald Hutton was educated at Cambridge and then at Oxford, where he held a fellowship at Magdalen College. In 1981, he moved to the University of Bristol, where he is now Reader in British History. He is a historian of wide interests ranging from political affairs and popular culture to topics covering the whole of the British Isles. This is his fifth book.

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Table of Contents


Preface to the Paperback Edition.

1. The Mysteries Begin (c.30,000 - c.5000 BC).

2. The Age of The Tombs (c.5000 - c.3200 BC).

3. The Coming of the Circles (c.3200 - c.2200 BC).

4. Into the Darkness (c.2200 - c.1000 BC).

5. The People of the Mist (c.1000 BC - c. AD 500).

6. The Imperial Synthesis (AD 43 - 410).

7. The Clash of Faiths (AD c.300 - c. 1000).

8. Legacy of Shadows.


Additional Source Material.


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