Sacred Land: Decoding the hidden history of Britain

Sacred Land: Decoding the hidden history of Britain

by Martin Palmer




SACRED LAND will enable you to discover the hidden secrets and meaning of the landscape around you, town or country, modern or old, wherever you live in Britain. There has been a dramatic growth in interest in our own history, buildings, landscape, sacred places, beliefs and culture over the last few years and this book will equip you with the tools to unlock the meaning, stories and history that are literally embedded in our landscape. It takes us from street names to churches; from hill forts to burial mounds; from the way a road bends to the shapes of fields in order to understand better the land that lies beneath our feet. In the literal shape of our countryside can be detected the eddies of time, politics, belief, warfare, passion and the durability of the human existence.
SACRED LAND is a fascinating, accessible read and the perfect reference guide to have in your home or in your car. It will be of interest to everyone who loves history, sacred places and sacred history, and those who like to explore their ancestry and roots.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780749952921
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
Publication date: 03/02/2012
Pages: 288
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.10(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Martin Palmer is a writer, broadcaster and prolific translator of Chinese classics, as well as being secretary general of one of the world's most unusual environmental charities - ARC, the Alliance of Religions and Conservation. He lives in Somerset, very close to one of England's most impressive Neolithic long barrows.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements ix

Foreword Melvyn Bragg xi

Introduction 1

Part 1 Britain's Sacred History 13

1 The sacred world around us … and how to see it 15

2 Tools for the journey 26

3 Our sacred history 34

4 Uncovering the sacred in nature 89

Part 2 Building Sacred Britain 131

5 How to read the story of a church 133

6 Creating heaven on earth 187

7 Reading the buildings where you live 228

8 Walking on the dead 271

9 'And the Lord God planted a garden eastward in Eden' 302

Conclusion 331

Notes 336

Index 339

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