The pagan religions of the ancient British Isles : their nature and legacy
- Ronald Hutton.
- Cambridge, Mass. : B. Blackwell, 1991.
- Physical description
- xvii, 397 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
- Hutton, Ronald.
- Includes bibliographical references (p.342-375).
- The mysteries begin (c.30000 - 5000 BC)-- the age of the tombs (c.5000 - c.3200 BC)-- the coming of the circles (c.3200 - c.2200 BC)-- into the darkness (c.2200 - c.1000 BC)-- the people of the mist (c.1000 BC - c. AD 500)-- the imperial synthesis (AD 43 - 410)-- the clash of faiths (AD c. 300 - c.1000-- legacy of shadows.
- (source: Nielsen Book Data)
This is a survey of religious beliefs in the British Isles from the Old Stone Age to the comming of Christianity, one of the least familiar but most extensive periods in Britain's history. Ronald Hutton draws upon 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 considers a 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. The author reveals the important rethinking that has taken place over Christianization and the decline of paganism, and reviews the progress that has been made in tracing the survival of pre-Christian beliefs and imagery into the Middle Ages. Dr Hutton shows how a host of received ideas have been demolished, and how the pagans of ancient Britain were far more creative, complex, engmatic and dynamic than has previously been supposed.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)
- Publication date
- 0631172882 : $29.95
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