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Author Topic: New Book on Druidry: Ronald Huttons' Blood and Mistletoe  (Read 4304 times)
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« Topic Start: May 15, 2009, 05:31:09 pm »

Here's a short blurb from The Wild Hunt blog that has a couple of short reviews. The book is now out in the UK, and soon to be released in the US.

I'm certainly interested: I like Hutton quite a bit. It seems that his focus is more on the idea and perception of druidry as it has evolved over time than druids of ancient times or neo-druid groups.
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« Reply #1: May 15, 2009, 06:12:38 pm »

Here's a short blurb from The Wild Hunt blog that has a couple of short reviews. The book is now out in the UK, and soon to be released in the US.

I'm certainly interested: I like Hutton quite a bit. It seems that his focus is more on the idea and perception of druidry as it has evolved over time than druids of ancient times or neo-druid groups.

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« Reply #2: May 15, 2009, 06:15:36 pm »




I have bought it - just haven't read it yet.

Link  http://wildhunt.org/blog/2009/05/books-blood-and-mistletoe.html
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« Reply #3: May 15, 2009, 10:03:29 pm »

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« Reply #4: May 15, 2009, 11:17:55 pm »


Oh, cool! Thanks for posting this! I didn't know that it was already out. I've really enjoyed Hutton's other works. I thought it was interesting that people were upset that there was so little of modern Druids in the book. When I first read about the book I was under the impression that it was to be a history of the ancient Druids and NOT about the modern ones. Hutton is, after all, a historian.
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« Reply #5: May 16, 2009, 12:04:50 am »

Here's a short blurb from The Wild Hunt blog that has a couple of short reviews. The book is now out in the UK, and soon to be released in the US.

I'm certainly interested: I like Hutton quite a bit. It seems that his focus is more on the idea and perception of druidry as it has evolved over time than druids of ancient times or neo-druid groups.
Hmm, apparently it was already on my Amazon wishlist Cheesy.

How the perception has evolved over time is exactly what I'd most want it to cover, both for my own interests, and as what Hutton does best.  (I'll read anything by Hutton; I really like books written for the intelligent layperson, and his style is especially readable.)

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« Reply #6: May 16, 2009, 12:36:17 am »



I know that Hutton is considered to be a Pagan friendly writer. Has anyone heard of him actually following a Pagan path?
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« Reply #7: May 16, 2009, 01:36:20 am »

I know that Hutton is considered to be a Pagan friendly writer. Has anyone heard of him actually following a Pagan path?
I've heard rumors to that effect, but nothing concrete, and the sources are suspect (it's usually part of a claim that he "betrayed his oaths", from people who object to his conclusions [or what they think his conclusions were; they're not always on target]).  He does seem to have gained, whether because he's a perceptive and thoughtful person and has had extensive contact/convo with pagans or because he's a practitioner, a deep and nuanced understanding of (certain forms of) paganism, but I find the two possibilities equally believable.

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« Reply #8: May 16, 2009, 08:23:35 am »

I know that Hutton is considered to be a Pagan friendly writer. Has anyone heard of him actually following a Pagan path?

From an interview with Hutton in 2003:

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I have never felt myself to be on a path of any kind, as my life has more the quality of being carried downstream on a raging river full of rocks, so that all I have to do is try to steer a course through the endless rapids and enjoy the thrill of the experience. It may be helpful to add, however, that the parent who brought me up, my mother, was a Pagan, and I have never been attracted by any other sort of tradition although I have studied many in the course of my work as a historian. Paganism is therefore my background, but I am not strongly religious by temperament.
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« Reply #9: May 16, 2009, 02:46:23 pm »

<laughs at self> Y'know, I even pondered while posting whether expressing it as if there were only two possibilities was accurate enough.

That was an interesting interview, even beyond answering Rhiannon's question (which I've been curious about myself).

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« Reply #10: May 16, 2009, 03:42:12 pm »

I know that Hutton is considered to be a Pagan friendly writer. Has anyone heard of him actually following a Pagan path?
I seem to recall that in Witches, Druids and King Arthur he refers to himself as Pagan. Which doesn't seem to mesh with that interview...  Huh
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« Reply #11: July 12, 2009, 09:40:07 am »

Here's a short blurb from The Wild Hunt blog that has a couple of short reviews. The book is now out in the UK, and soon to be released in the US.
 

Anyone  else read this yet? I just took it on vacation and have now finished it.
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