Tag: british history

Review: The Stations of the Sun: A History of the Ritual Year in Britain – Ronald Hutton

Even today, the idea that many folk traditions and festivals are the remnants of some pagan pre-Christian Celtic religion, transmogrified and surviving furtively in the countryside, has a peculiar potency. What few people realise is how recent a notion that is and how much it relies on a particular handful of archaeologists, folklorists and historians writing at the end of… Read more →

Review: The Loyal Son: The War in Ben Franklin’s House – Daniel Mark Epstein

Although you don’t often hear it amidst all the enduring myths surrounding the American Revolution, more than anything else it was a civil war. The ‘rebellion against tyranny’ was far from universal, and historians estimate as many as one third of the population of the colonies remained loyal to the Crown. It was a war of colony against mother country,… Read more →