New Haven: Yale University Press, 2014. Paperback, xvi+480 pages. New.
This is Ronald Hutton’s long-awaited history of religious beliefs and Paganism in Britain. Eloquent and enthralling, Hutton provides a critical review of the rites and beliefs in the British Isles from early prehistory through to the influence of the Romans and the advent of Christianity. Richly illustrated with photographs and drawings, Hutton weaves a spellbinding tale of Paganism in Britain and its survivals, examining monuments. shrines, archaeological finds and sacred sites, fairy traditions and the magical practices that have survived in folklore and myth. An engaging and readable history which deserves a place on the bookshelf of anyone interested in the Pagan history of Britain.
Ronald Hutton is Professor of History at University of Bristol, a widely recognised lecturer and television figure, and a friend of Treadwells – Ronald Hutton has spoken at Treadwell’s on several occasions.