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Pagan Britain

Ronald Hutton

Abstract

Britain's pagan past, with its mysterious monuments, atmospheric sites, enigmatic artifacts, bloodthirsty legends, and cryptic inscriptions, is both enthralling and perplexing to a resident of the twenty-first century. This book reveals the long development, rapid suppression, and enduring cultural significance of paganism, from the Paleolithic Era to the coming of Christianity. It draws on an array of recently discovered evidence and shows how new findings have radically transformed understandings of belief and ritual in Britain before the arrival of organized religion. Setting forth a chrono ... More

Keywords: paganism, Paleolithic Era, Christianity, ritual, organized religion, Stonehenge, Avebury, Seahenge, Maiden Castle, Anglesey

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780300197716
Published to Yale Scholarship Online: September 2014 DOI:10.12987/yale/9780300197716.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Ronald Hutton, author