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Ronald Hutton

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780300197716

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: September 2014

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300197716.001.0001

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The Legacy of British Paganism

The Legacy of British Paganism

The Pagan Middle Ages: A Question of Definition

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Pagan Britain

Ronald Hutton

Yale University Press

This chapter considers how far paganism survived in Britain after the conversion to Christianity. It suggests two principal bodies of evidence that indicate the presence or disappearance of paganism in medieval Britain: the law codes issued by the Anglo-Saxon kings and the contemporary edicts of the English church. Paganisms of early historic Britain died out soon after Christianity became the official religion of its component states.

Keywords:   paganism, Britain, Christianity, medieval, law codes, Anglo-Saxon, edicts, religion

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