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Ronald Hutton is Professor of History at the University of Bristol.

Inclou aquests noms: Ronald Hutton, Prof. Ronald Hutton

Crèdit de la imatge: Courtesy of Ronald Hutton.

Obres de Ronald Hutton

Witches, Druids and King Arthur (2003) 191 exemplars
Pagan Britain (2014) 170 exemplars
The Druids (2007) 95 exemplars
The Making of Oliver Cromwell (2021) 68 exemplars

Obres associades

Witchcraft Today (1954) — Col·laborador, algunes edicions423 exemplars
The Druid Tradition (1991) — Introducció — 166 exemplars
The Druid Renaissance (1998) — Introducció — 138 exemplars
Companion to Historiography (1997) — Col·laborador — 69 exemplars
Researching Paganisms (2004) — Col·laborador — 36 exemplars
First Light: A celebration of Alan Garner (2016) — Col·laborador — 26 exemplars
Hellebore #1: The Sacrifice Issue — Col·laborador — 9 exemplars
The Antiquaries Journal 85 (2005) — Col·laborador — 1 exemplars


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This must be the most scholarly study of the witchcraft phenomenon that I have read, and I have read quite a few books about the 16th-17th century witch trials in Europe. The author traces the origins of belief in the witch as not only a worker of malevolent magic, but, uniquely in Europe, a putative adherent of a Satanic religion that paralleled the official Christian church. He shows also how a belief in magic and even in witches did not necessarily lead automatically to witch hunting and mass executions: a number of societies balanced their anxieties about witches against beliefs about the evil eye and/or spirit beings, including fairies, which were blamed more for misfortune than witches. These therefore acted to displace the fear and hostility which in other places was directed against people believed to be witches.

The author also looks at witch beliefs in non European societies, and traces the various threads of scholarship which formerly regarded all such beliefs as survivors of paganism, a belief now largely discredited especially in relation to the works of Margaret Murray. He analyses the works of such writers as Carlo Ginzburg (which I have not yet read so will bear in mind the insights here when I do) and explores just how plausible it is that the magic workers Ginzburg wrote about were an offshoot of Shamanism. And Shamanism itself is analysed and explored, including its influence on other cultures where witch hunting did become active, including Norse culture in Scandinavia.

Where the book falls down slightly for me is that the style is very academic and dryly written. I also found the sentence structure rather convoluted in places which obscured the meaning. But given the depth of scholarship shown, I am rating it at 4 stars.
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kitsune_reader | Hi ha 11 ressenyes més | Nov 23, 2023 |
There is no pagan remnants in the United Kingdom.
adaorhell | Hi ha 3 ressenyes més | Oct 14, 2023 |
A very thought provoking read. As always when reading Hutton, what you thought you knew is challenged and the wider context for societies views about the image of the witch is put forward in its proper context.
Cotswoldreader | Hi ha 11 ressenyes més | May 26, 2023 |
Was an interesting book, differently read more like a text book and wasn't an easy read. The book did cover lots of facts and I was glad i have been a practicing Wiccan for years before reading the book, this helped me to understand more what was being talked about and i also new of a lot of the people being mentioned. When the book was done i was left with a bit more of an understanding of the history of Wicca and a bunch of more books are my to read list.
cbloky | Hi ha 14 ressenyes més | Apr 8, 2023 |



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