Imagining the Pagan Past explores stories of BritainOCOs pagan
history. These tales have been characterised by gods and fairies,
folklore and magic. They have had an uncomfortable relationship
with the scholarly world; often being seen as historically dubious,
self-indulgent romance and, worse, encouraging tribal and
nationalistic feelings or challenging church and state.
This book shows how important these stories are to the history
of British culture, taking the reader on a lively tour from
prehistory to the present. From the Middle Ages to the twenty-first
century, Marion Gibson explores the ways in which British pagan
gods and goddesses have been represented in poetry, novels, plays,
chronicles, scientific and scholarly writing. From Geoffrey of
Monmouth to Edmund Spenser, William Shakespeare to Seamus Heaney
and H.G. Wells to Naomi Mitchison it explores Romano-British,
Celtic and Anglo-Saxon deities and fictions. The result is a
comprehensive picture of the ways in which writers have peopled the
British pagan pantheons throughout history.
Imagining the Pagan Past will be essential reading for all those
interested in the history of paganism. "
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