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

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

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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 and Hallowe'en, to 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 present, to illuminate the history of the calendar year we live by today.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 560 pages, 1 figure, 5 maps
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
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  • Category: British & Irish history
  • ISBN: 9780192854483

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This is such a dense text that I still haven't made my way through it after several months, not for lack of trying. The information is interesting, but the book has no "pull" to it beyond the facts themselves; I feel like a Bill Bryson could have taken the same information and made it engaging and readable. Instead this is the literary equivalent of baklava: sweet, heavy, and you can't finish your whole slice. (Mind you, I'm sure plenty of people LOVE baklava and force down every last bite, which is probably true of this book also.)