A comprehensive insight into Druids in Britain since 1500, with hundreds of sources never used before. The first major overview of the subject for over 30 years.Ronald Hutton's latest book is the first comprehensive study of what people have thought about the ancient Druids and why. Written in a entertaining and accessible style it is essential reading for everyone interested in exploring our mysterious past.Most books written on the Druids hitherto have been by archaeologists specializing in the Iron Age, who have occupied a great deal of space trying to find things to say about the 'original' ancient priesthood. Most have then devoted a final section of their books to people who have called themselves Druids since 1700 - until recently with contemptuous dismissal. Hutton's contention is that the sources for the ancient Druids are so few and unreliable that almost nothing certain can be said about them. Instead he reverses the traditional balance of interest to look at the many ways in which Druids have been imagined in Britain since 1500 and what this tells us about modern and early modern society.In the process he achieves many new insights into the development of British national identities, established and 'alternative' religions, literary culture, fraternal organisation and protest movements.
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - LibraryThing
Hutton's book is an interesting survey on Druidry - past, present, and somewhat into the future. As his foreword notes, the book was written on a level that is far more accessible to the average reader - purposefully avoiding academic writing style. Therefore, anyone reading his book "Triumph of the Moon" will easily note the differences in styles. If you have had the chance to hear Hutton speak at length on a subject, you can definitely find his sense of humor sprinkled throughout. For me, the last two chapters - "Rebel Druids" and "Future Druids" were certainly the best and most interesting reading - but much of the previous chapters also had areas of interest for me as well. Overall, a very good introduction to some of the history of Druidry.
Review: Druids: A HistoryUser Review - Goodreads
Very academic to read. While I have lots of admiration for Ronald on tv and the talks he gives. He writes as he teaches, which is the top end of university. As a dyslexic, I found his writing to be out of my league. But I can aberiate that other people may find it easy and enjoyable.
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