A History of Pagan Europe

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Psychology Press, 1995 - History - 262 pages
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The first comprehensive study of its kind, this fully illustrated book establishes Paganism as a persistent force in European history with a profound influence on modern thinking.

From the serpent goddesses of ancient Crete to modern nature-worship and the restoration of the indigenous religions of eastern Europe, this wide-ranging book offers a rewarding new perspective of European history.

In this definitive study, Prudence Jones and Nigel Pennick draw together the fragmented sources of Europe's native religions and establish the coherence and continuity of the Pagan world vision. Exploring Paganism as it developed from the ancient world through the Celtic and Germanic periods, the authors finally appraise modern Paganism and its apparent causes as well as addressing feminist spirituality, the heritage movement, nature-worship and `deep' ecology

This innovative and comprehensive history of European Paganism will provide a stimulating, reliable guide to this popular dimension of religious culture for the academic and the general reader alike.

  

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Review: A History of Pagan Europe

User Review  - Steve Cran - Goodreads

Nigel Pennick and Prudence Jones have done exhaustive research and reading to bring the readership this volume. A survey of Pagan religion ideas starting off first with the Greeks and the Cretan then ... Read full review

Review: A History of Pagan Europe

User Review  - Bunnyjadwiga - Goodreads

This is a mostly-solid if somewhat biased introduction to the trends of pre-christian europe as far as they are known. A good starter for those interested in history as opposed to neopagan mythology. Read full review

Contents

PAGANISM OLD AND NEW
1
THE GREEKS AND THE EASTERN MEDITERRANEAN
5
ROME AND THE WESTERN MEDITERRANEAN
25
THE ROMAN EMPIRE
53
THE CELTIC WORLD
79
THE LATER CELTS
96
THE GERMANIC PEOPLES
111
LATE GERMANIC RELIGION
138
THE BALTIC LANDS
165
RUSSIA AND THE BALKANS
184
PAGANISM REAFFIRMED
196
Notrs
221
Bibliography
232
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About the author (1995)

Prudence Jones is a former president of the Pagan Federation and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. She is the co-editor of Voices from the Circle: the Heritage of Western Paganism (1990) and the author of Creative Astrology (2000). Nigel Pennick is a writer, illustrator and lecturer on ancient and modern mysteries. His publications include The Pagan Source Book (1992) and Sacred Geometry (1994)

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