Blood and Mistletoe: The History of the Druids in Britain

Blood and Mistletoe: The History of the Druids in Britain


By (author) Ronald Hutton

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  • Publisher: Yale University Press
  • Format: Hardback | 450 pages
  • Dimensions: 183mm x 249mm x 46mm | 1,315g
  • Publication date: 26 May 2009
  • Publication City/Country: New Haven
  • ISBN 10: 0300144857
  • ISBN 13: 9780300144857
  • Illustrations note: 32 black-&-white illustrations
  • Sales rank: 703,205

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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.Druids have been remembered at different times as patriots, scientists, philosophers, or priests; sometimes portrayed as corrupt, bloodthirsty, or ignorant, they were also seen as fomenters of rebellion. Hutton charts how the Druids have been written in and out of history, archaeology, and the public consciousness for some 500 years, with particular focus on the romantic period, when Druids completely dominated notions of British prehistory. Sparkling with legends and images, filled with new perspectives on ancient and modern times, this book is a fascinating cultural study of Druids as catalysts in British history.

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Author information

Ronald Hutton is professor of history, University of Bristol, and the author of many books including, most recently, The Druids; Debates in Stuart History; and Witches, Druids, and King Arthur: Studies in Paganism, Myth, and Magic.