Blood and Mistletoe – Ronald Hutton

The History of the Druids in Britain

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New Havan: Yale University Press, 2011. New paperback, 491 pages.

Crushed by the Romans in the first century A.D., the ancient Druids of Britain left almost no reliable evidence behind. Because of this, historian Ronald Hutton shows, succeeding British generations have been free to reimagine, reinterpret, and reinvent the Druids. Hutton’s captivating book is the first to encompass two thousand years of Druid history and to explore the evolution of English, Scottish, and Welsh attitudes toward the forever ambiguous figures of the ancient Celtic world. Filled with new perspectives on ancient and modern times, this book is a fascinating cultural study of Druids as catalysts in British history.

Ronald Hutton has lectured at Treadwells on numerous occasions, and we recommend this book highly.