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

Ronald Hutton


From the Twelve Days of Christmas to the Spring traditions of Valentine, Shrovetide, and Easter eggs, through May Day revels and Midsummer fires, and on to the waning of the year, Harvest Home, and Halloween, this book takes us on a journey through the ritual year in Britain. It presents the results of a comprehensive study that covers all the British Isles and the whole sweep of history from the earliest written records to the present day. Great and lesser, ancient and modern, whether performed by Christians or pagans, all rituals are treated with the same attention. The result is an account ... More

Keywords: rituals, Britain, Christians, pagans, calendar, customs, festivals, ritual year

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 1996 Print ISBN-13: 9780198205708
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198205708.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Ronald Hutton, author
University of Bristol