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The Stations of The Sun

A History of the Ritual Year in Britain
Ronald Hutton

Oxford University Press


´a tour de force from one of the liveliest and most wide-ranging of practising English historians... this unfailingly stimulating, learned and engaging book... places a relatively neglected aspect of English social history firmly on the map.´
Eamon Duffy, Times Literary Supplement

Comprehensive and engaging, this colourful study covers the whole sweep of ritual history from the earliest written records to the present day. From May Day revels and Midsummer fires, to Harvest Home, Hallowe´en, and the twelve days of Christmas, Ronald Hutton takes us on a fascinating journey through the ritual year in Britain. He challenges many common assumptions about the customs of the past, and debunks many myths surrounding festivals of the calendar year we live by today.

´Fertile with detail... sure to reveal an odd fact at every turn.´
Christopher Hawtree, Independent

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