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Hutton, Ronald

Works: 82 works in 477 publications in 3 languages and 16,102 library holdings
Genres: History  Biography  Church history  Conference papers and proceedings 
Roles: Author, Editor, Other, Interviewee
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Most widely held works by Ronald Hutton
The Royalist war effort, 1642-1646 by Ronald Hutton( )

40 editions published between 1981 and 2005 in English and held by 2,595 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In the introduction to this reissue of the second edition, Ronald Hutton places his vivid account of the Royalist War effort in modern historical context, bringing the reader up to date with recent developments in the study of the English Civil War. He analyses the influences which affected his own interpretation of events, ensuring that The Royalist War Effort, 1642-1646 remains the most informative and compelling account of the Royalist experience in the English Civil War
The triumph of the moon : a history of modern pagan witchcraft by Ronald Hutton( Book )

28 editions published between 1999 and 2005 in English and held by 1,664 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This first full-scale study of modern pagan witchcraft, otherwise known as wicca, provides a thorough account of an ancient religion that has spread from English shores across four continents. For centuries, pagan witchcraft has been linked with chilling images of blood rituals and ghostlike druids. But while author Hutton explores this dark side, he stresses the positive, reminding us that devotion to art, the natural world, femininity, and the classical deities are also central to the practice of wicca. Indeed, the author shows how leading figures in English literature--W.B. Yeats, D.H. Lawrence, and Robert Graves, just to name a few--celebrated these positive aspects of the religion, thereby softening the public perception of witchcraft in Victorian England. From cunning village folk to freemasons and from high magic to the black arts, Hutton chronicles the process by which actual wiccan practices evolved into what is now a viable modern religion.--From publisher description
Charles the Second, King of England, Scotland, and Ireland by Ronald Hutton( Book )

29 editions published between 1989 and 1999 in English and held by 1,581 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A biography of the king who is remembered by the English with more popular affection than any almost any other. Covering his entire life, it takes in his colourful years as a prince and as an exiled monarch during the Civil War and Interregnum, in addition to his later career as effective ruler of three kingdoms
Pagan Britain by Ronald Hutton( )

19 editions published between 2011 and 2015 in English and held by 1,233 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Britain's pagan past, with its astonishing number and variety of mysterious monuments, atmospheric sites, enigmatic artefacts, bloodthirsty legends and cryptic inscriptions, has always enthralled and perplexed us. 'Pagan Britain' is a history of religious beliefs from the Old Stone Age to the coming of Christianity. This ambitious book integrates the latest evidence to survey our transformed - and transforming - understanding of early religious behaviour; and, also, the way in which that behaviour has been interpreted in recent times, as a mirror for modern dreams and fears. From the Palaeolithic era to the coming of Christianity and beyond, Hutton reveals the long development, rapid suppression and enduring cultural significance of paganism. Woven into the chronological narrative are numerous case studies of sacred sites both well-known - Stonehenge, Avebury, Seahenge and Maiden Castle - and more unusual far-flung locations across the mainland and coastal islands
The Restoration : a political and religious history of England and Wales, 1658-1667 by Ronald Hutton( Book )

47 editions published between 1985 and 2001 in English and held by 1,100 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In less than a decade, the commonwealth of Oliver Cromwell was dramatically transformed into the very different realm of the Restoration monarchy. This is the first detailed account of this vital and eventful period, which witnessed the end of a republic, the reestablishment of royal government, naval wars, plague, religious persecution, and the destruction of the capital in the Great Fire. Drawing on a wealth of public and private manuscript sources to rework each issue anew, Hutton explores the way government policy was set and put into practice during these nine years and how national concerns, local issues, and various social, political, and religious groups all interacted to influence the shifting currents of the nation's affairs. -- PUBLISHER DESCRIP[TION
Blood and Mistletoe : The History of the Druids in Britain by Ronald Hutton( Book )

16 editions published between 2009 and 2011 in English and held by 1,081 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Crushed by the Romans in the first century A.D., the ancient Druids of Britain left almost no reliable evidence behind. Because of this, historian Ronald Hutton shows, succeeding British generations have been free to reimagine, reinterpret, and reinvent the Druids. Huttonʹs captivating book is the first to encompass two thousand years of Druid history and to explore the evolution of English, Scottish, and Welsh attitudes toward the forever ambiguous figures of the ancient Celtic world. Druids have been remembered at different times as patriots, scientists, philosophers, or priests; sometimes portrayed as corrupt, bloodthirsty, or ignorant, they were also seen as fomenters of rebellion. Hutton charts how the Druids have been written in and out of history, archaeology, and the public consciousness for some 500 years, with particular focus on the romantic period, when Druids completely dominated notions of British prehistory. Sparkling with legends and images, filled with new perspectives on ancient and modern times, this book is a fascinating cultural study of Druids as catalysts in British history. -- Publisher description
The rise and fall of merry England : the ritual year, 1400-1700 by Ronald Hutton( Book )

28 editions published between 1994 and 2011 in English and held by 959 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The Rise and Fall of Merry England explores the religious and secular rituals which marked the passage of the year in late medieval and early modern England, and tells the story of how they altered over time in response to political, religious, and social changes. Ronald Hutton examines a number of important and controversial issues, such as the character and pace of the English Reformation, the nature of the early Stuart 'Reformation of Manners', the context of writers like Ben Jonson and Robert Herrick, the origins of the science of folklore, the relevance of cultural divisions to the English Civil War, the impact of the English Revolution, and the viability of economic explanations for social change." "Never before has such a comprehensive study of the subject been undertaken, and it has been made possible by using categories of source material, notably local financial records, in a quantity never attempted hitherto. This is a highly readable and entertaining book which, in both research and interpretation, breaks several frontiers."--Jacket
The pagan religions of the ancient British Isles : their nature and legacy by Ronald Hutton( Book )

33 editions published between 1991 and 2009 in English and held by 929 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"This is the first survey of religious beliefs in the British Isles, from the Old Stone Age to the coming of Christianity, one of the least familiar but most extensive periods in Britain's history. Ronald Hutton draws upon a wealth of new data, much of it archaeological, that has transformed interpretation over the past decade. Giving more or less equal weight to all periods, from the Neolithic to the Middle Ages, he considers a fascinating range of evidence for Celtic and Romano-British paganism: from burial sites, cairns, megaliths and causeways, to carvings, figurines, jewellery, weapons, votive objects, literary texts and folklore." -- Back Cover
The British Republic, 1649-1660 by Ronald Hutton( Book )

24 editions published between 1990 and 2000 in English and held by 705 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This is the second edition of Ronald Hutton's popular book on the unique period of history during which the British Isles were united under the rule of a republic, represented by a government and a series of Parliaments sitting at Westminster. It includes a new introductory section in which the author reviews the research undertaken into this period since the first edition appeared in 1990, and provides a personal and critical evaluation of it
The stations of the sun : a history of the ritual year in Britain by Ronald Hutton( Book )

31 editions published between 1996 and 2001 in English and Shona and held by 697 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"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 Hallowe'en, Ronald Hutton takes us on a fascinating journey through the ritual year in Britain. His comprehensive study 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, Christian and pagan, all rituals are treated with the same attention. The result is a colourful and absorbing history in which Ronald Hutton challenges many common assumptions about the customs of the past and the festivals of the present, debunking many myths, and illuminates the history of the calendar we live by."--Jacket
The witch : a history of fear, from ancient times to the present by Ronald Hutton( Book )

8 editions published between 2017 and 2018 in English and held by 637 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The witch came to prominence--and often a painful death--in early modern Europe, yet her origins are much more geographically diverse and historically deep. In this landmark book, Ronald Hutton traces witchcraft from the ancient world to the early-modern stake. This book sets the notorious European witch trials in the widest and deepest possible perspective and traces the major historiographical developments of witchcraft. Hutton, a renowned expert on ancient, medieval, and modern paganism and witchcraft beliefs, combines Anglo-American and continental scholarly approaches to examine attitudes on witchcraft and the treatment of suspected witches across the world, including in Africa, the Middle East, South Asia, Australia, and North and South America, and from ancient pagan times to current interpretations. His fresh anthropological and ethnographical approach focuses on cultural inheritance and change while considering shamanism, folk religion, the range of witch trials, and how the fear of witchcraft might be eradicated"--
The Druids by Ronald Hutton( Book )

9 editions published between 2007 and 2008 in English and held by 481 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Most books written on the Druids hitherto have been by archaeologists specialising in the Iron Age, who have occupied a great deal of space trying to find things to say about the 'original' ancient priesthood. Most have then devoted a final section of their books to people who have called themselves Druids since 1700 - until recently with contemptuous dismissal. Hutton's contention is that the sources for the ancient Druids are so few and unreliable that almost nothing certain can be said about them. Instead he reverses the traditional balance of interest to look at the many ways in which Druids have been imagined in Britain since 1500, and what this tells us about modern and early modern society. In the process he achieves many new insights into the development of British national identities, established and 'alternative' religions, literary culture, fraternal organisation and protest movements. He also suggests new ways in which the discipline of archaeology can be perceived - which will delight some practitioners and enrage others."--Jacket
Medieval or early modern : the value of a traditional historical division by Ronald Hutton( )

6 editions published in 2015 in English and held by 468 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

For half a millennium it has been customary for many historians to refer to the period between the fall of Rome and the end of the fifteenth century as 'medieval', a tradition which hardened into a professional orthodoxy during the nineteenth century. In the late twentieth century, it also seemed convenient to many to describe the first half of a steadily lengthening modern period as 'early modern', which also hardened into an orthodoxy among English-speakers, at least, by the 1980s. Both ter
Shamans : Siberian spirituality and the western imagination by Ronald Hutton( Book )

17 editions published between 2001 and 2011 in English and held by 318 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Cover -- Contents -- Introduction -- PART ONE: WHY WE THINK WE KNOW ABOUT SHAMANS -- 1 The Creation of Siberia -- 2 The Creation of Siberians -- 3 The Transformation of Siberians -- 4 The Records of Shamanism -- PART TWO: WHAT WE THINK WE KNOW ABOUT SHAMANS -- 5 What Shamans Did -- 6 Shamanic Cosmologies -- 7 Shamanic Apprenticeship and Equipment -- 8 Shamanic Performance -- 9 Knots and Loose Ends -- PART THREE: SIBERIA IN THE SHAMANIC WORLD -- 10 The Discovery of a Shamanic World -- 11 The Discovery of a Shamanic Past -- 12 The Discovery of a Shamanic Future -- Notes -- Bibliography -- Index -- A -- B -- C -- D -- E -- F -- G -- H -- I -- J -- K -- L -- M -- N -- O -- P -- R -- S -- T -- U -- V -- W -- Y -- Z
Debates in Stuart history by Ronald Hutton( Book )

8 editions published in 2004 in English and held by 311 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Ronald Hutton examines and explores the main debates in Stuart history whilst asking why historians of the Stuart period write as they do. He also examines why perceptions of the Stuart period have changed over time
Witches, druids, and King Arthur by Ronald Hutton( Book )

12 editions published between 2003 and 2013 in English and German and held by 297 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Physical evidence for ritual acts, sorcery and witchcraft in Christian Britain : a feeling for magic by Ronald Hutton( )

16 editions published between 2015 and 2016 in English and held by 282 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Physical Evidence for Ritual Acts, Sorcery and Witchcraft in Christian Britain investigates the physical evidence for magic in medieval and modern Britain, including ritual marks and designs, concealed objects, amulets hung about the person and home, and the equipment of folk magicians. The subject has been largely neglected by mainstream historians and archaeologists, and the contributors to this volume represent the current leading experts in each part of it, and often the pioneers of study of it. Between them, they show how ample and convincing the evidence is, and how it forces us to reconsider the history of ritual and religion in Britain since the Middle Ages and admit to the existence of a whole dimension of activity which has hardly been considered before. It should therefore have importance to those interested in British history in general across this large span of time"--
The eighteenth and nineteenth centuries by Marijke Gijswijt-Hofstra( Book )

11 editions published in 1999 in English and held by 146 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Includes "surveys of the social role of witchcraft in European communities, as well as a full treatment of Victorian supernaturalism and of the continued importance of witchcraft and magic as topics of debate among intellectuals and others writers."--Cover
A brief history of Britain, 1485-1660 : the Tudor and Stuart dynasties by Ronald Hutton( Book )

9 editions published between 2009 and 2011 in English and held by 99 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

From the death of Richard III on Bosworth Field in 1485 to the execution of Charles I, after the Civil Wars of 1642-48, England was transformed by two Dynasties. Firstly the Tudors, who won the crown on the battlefield and changed both the nature of kingship but also the nation itself. England became a Protestant nation and began to establishment itself as a trading power; facing down impossible odds it defeated its enemies on land and sea. Yet after a century Elizabeth I died with no heir and the crown was passed to the Stuarts, who were keen to remould the kingdom in their own image. Leading Historian, Ronald Hutton brilliantly recreates the political landscape over this early modern period and shows how the modern nation was forged in these anxious, transformative years. Combining skilful pen portraits of the leading figures, culture, economics and accounts of everyday life, he reveals insights in this key era in our nation's story. This the second book in the four volume Brief History of Britain which brings together some of the leading historians to tell our nation's story from the Norman Conquest of 1066 to the present-day. Combining the latest research with accessible and entertaining story telling, it is the ideal introduction for students and general readers
Witches, druids, and King Arthur by Ronald Hutton( Book )

2 editions published between 2002 and 2006 in English and held by 83 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In this book, Ronald Hutton brings his wealth of unusual knowledge on Paganism, myth, and ritual to the reader. Hutton is known for having a deep and sympathetic understanding of past and present beliefs that are often dismissed, and an ability to write lucidly and wittily. "Witches, Druids, and King Arthur has a unique and accessible flavor and covers elegantly and entertainingly a wide range of beliefs, myths and practices and their place in history
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Charles the Second, King of England, Scotland, and Ireland
The triumph of the moon : a history of modern pagan witchcraftCharles the Second, King of England, Scotland, and IrelandThe Restoration : a political and religious history of England and Wales, 1658-1667Blood and Mistletoe : The History of the Druids in BritainThe rise and fall of merry England : the ritual year, 1400-1700The pagan religions of the ancient British Isles : their nature and legacyThe British Republic, 1649-1660The stations of the sun : a history of the ritual year in Britain
Alternative Names
Hutton, Ronald Edmund

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