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The stations of the sun : a history of the ritual year in Britain

Author: Ronald Hutton
Publisher: Oxford : Oxford University Press, 2001.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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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 fascinating journey through the ritual year in Britain. This  Read more...

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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Ronald Hutton
ISBN: 0192854488 9780192854483
OCLC Number: 840919235
Notes: Originally published: 1996.
Description: 560 pages : illustrations, facsimiles, maps ; 20 cm
Contents: 1. The Origins of Christmas ; 2. The Twelve Days ; 3. The Trials of Christmas ; 4. Rites of Celebration and Reassurance ; 5. Rites of Purification and Blessing ; 6. Rites of Hospitality and Charity ; 7. Mummers' Play and Sword Dance ; 8. Hobby-Horse and Hord Dance ; 9. Misrul ; 10. The Reinvention of Christmas ; 11. Speeding the Plough ; 12. Brigid's Night ; 13. Candlemas ; 14. Valentines ; 15. Shrovetide ; 16. Lent ; 17. The Origins of Easter ; 18. Holy Week ; 19. An Egg ad Easter ; 20. The Easter Holidays ; 21. England and St George ; 22. Beltane ; 23. The May ; 24. May Games and Whitsun Ales ; 25. Morris and Marian ; 26. Rogatide and Pentecost ; 27. Royal Oak ; 28. A Merrie May ; 29. Corpus Christi ; 30. The Midsummer Fires ; 31. Sheep, Hay, and Rushes ; 32. First Fruits ; 33. Harvest Home ; 34. Wakes, Revels, and Hoppings ; 35. Samhain ; 36. Saints and Souls ; 37. The Modern Hallowe'en ; 38. Blood Month and Virgin Queen ; 39. Gunpowder Treason ; 40. Conclusion
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