Stations of the Sun: A History of the Ritual Year in Britain

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OUP Oxford, Feb 15, 2001 - History - 560 pages
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Comprehensive and engaging, this colourful study covers the whole sweep of ritual history from the earliest written records to the present day. From May Day revels and Midsummer fires, to Harvest Home and Hallowe'en, to the twelve days of Christmas, Ronald Hutton takes us on a fascinating journey through the ritual year in Britain. He challenges many common assumptions about the customs of the past, and debunks many myths surrounding festivals of the present, to illuminate the history of the calendar year we live by today.
 

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Contents

LIST OF MAPS
1THE ORIGINS OF CHRISTMAS
2THE TWELVE DAYS
3THE TRIALS OF CHRISTMAS
4RITES OF CELEBRATION AND REASSURANCE
5RITES OF PURIFICATION AND BLESSING
6RITES OF HOSPITALITY AND CHARITY
7MUMMERS PLAY AND SWORD DANCE
32FIRST FRUITS
33HARVEST HOME
34WAKES REVELS AND HOPPINGS
35SAMHAIN
36SAINTS AND SOULS
37THE MODERN HALLOWEEN
38BLOOD MONTH AND VIRGIN QUEEN
39GUNPOWDER TREASON

8HOBBYHORSE AND HORN DANCE
9MISRULE
10THE REINVENTION OF CHRISTMAS
11SPEEDING THE PLOUGH
12BRIGIDS NIGHT
13CANDLEMAS
14VALENTINES
15SHROVETIDE
16LENT
17THE ORIGINS OF EASTER
18HOLY WEEK
19AN EGG AT EASTER
20THE EASTER HOLIDAYS
21ENGLAND AND ST GEORGE
22BELTANE
23THE MAY
24MAY GAMES AND WHITSUN ALES
25MORRIS AND MARIAN
26ROGATIONTIDE AND PENTECOST
27ROYAL OAK
28A MERRIE MAY
29CORPUS CHRISTI
30THE MIDSUMMER FIRES
31SHEEP HAY AND RUSHES
40CONCLUSIONS
NOTES
CHAPTER 21
CHAPTER 22
CHAPTER 23
CHAPTER 24
CHAPTER 25
CHAPTER 26
CHAPTER 27
CHAPTER 28
CHAPTER 29
CHAPTER 30
CHAPTER 31
CHAPTER 32
CHAPTER 33
CHAPTER 34
CHAPTER 35
CHAPTER 36
CHAPTER 37
CHAPTER 38
CHAPTER 39
CHAPTER 40
INDEX
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Ronald Hutton is Reader in History at the University of Bristol.

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