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

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Oxford University Press, 2001 - Ceremonier - 542 pages
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 fascinatingjourney 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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This is such a dense text that I still haven't made my way through it after several months, not for lack of trying. The information is interesting, but the book has no "pull" to it beyond the facts ... Read full review

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Perhaps occasionally more information than one needs, but the arcane detail is often delightful and intriguing. Read full review

About the author (2001)

Ronald Hutton is Reader in History at the University of Bristol.

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