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A History of Pagan Europe

Europe's pagan past holds a present fascination. Jones and Pennick describe the persistence of pagan attitudes in Europe, running from the ancient world, through the Celtic period to the present. The effect of classical paganism on modern European thought via liberal and public school education systems and the impact on other religions is examined. The authors also appraise modern paganism and its apparent causes, looking at such topics as nature-worship, feminism, the rediscovery of shamanism, astro-archaeology, and alternative medicine. This, a comprehensive history of European paganism, aims to provide a guide to this popular dimension of religious culture.
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Table of Contents

1. Introduction 2. The Greeks and the Easterm Mediterranean 3. Rome and the Western Mediterranean 4. The Roman Empire 5. The Celtic World 6. The Later Celts 7. The Germanic Peoples 8. Late Germanic Religion 9. The Baltic Lands 10. Russia and the Balkans 11. Paganism Reaffirmed. Bibliography

About the Author

Prudence Jones is a former president of the Pagan Federation and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. She is the co-editor of Voices from the Circle: the Heritage of Western Paganism (1990) and the author of Creative Astrology (2000). Nigel Pennick is a writer, illustrator and lecturer on ancient and modern mysteries. His publications include The Pagan Source Book (1992) and Sacred Geometry (1994)


"The scholarship is solid, the presentation is clear for the general and academic reader alike, and the detail often fascinating....This book deserves to go into paperback as soon as possible, so that it will reach a wider audience." -"Fortean Times, 12/95 "It gives the general reader a...reliable picture of the history of the pagan cults and the complex development of the Christianization process. It offers an interesting synthesis of the vicissitudes of the uprooting of heathen thought and its success or failure; it is therefore a volume anyone probing into Europe's religious past will enjoy reading." -"History of Religions

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