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Imagining the pagan past : gods and goddesses in literature and history since the Dark Ages

Author: Marion Gibson
Publisher: London ; New York : Routledge, 2013.
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"Imagining the Pagan Past explores stories of Britain's 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  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Marion Gibson
ISBN: 9780415674188 0415674182 9780415674195 0415674190 9780203068304 0203068300
OCLC Number: 800035967
Description: ix, 257 pages ; 25 cm
Contents: Breaking the Pagan Silence: from Geoffrey of Monmouth to William Camden --
'Gods of every shape and size': pagan deities from the antiquaries to the Romantics --
Something Old, Something New: pagan deities from the first Celtic revival to the mid-twentieth century --
'I wonder what Wotan will say to me': 'heathen men' and northern deities from the Middle Ages to the mid-twentieth century --
New Ages: melting the ice gods --
'Find Me in Your Own Time': three schools of contemporary god and goddess fiction.
Responsibility: Marion Gibson.

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