- Ronald Hutton
ProfessorRonald Hutton (born 1954) is a professor of History at the University of Bristol, author, and occasional commentator on British televisionand radio. His specialties are the 17th centuryand the history of paganismin the British Isles.
Hutton was born to a
Neopaganmother, and it is partially for this reason that he has written various books on the subject. Fact|date=October 2008
Ilford County High Schoolin the 1960s and 1970s, going on to win a scholarship to study historyat Pembroke College, Cambridge.
Hutton's areas of specialization include the history of the
British Islesin the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, especially on the Reformation, Civil Wars, Restoration and Charles II. He has also written on ancient and medieval paganismand magic, and on witchcraftbeliefs and shamanism.
In three books, he studied the development of the ritual year in Britain, exploring many myths about the antiquity of festivals and practices. His book "Triumph of the Moon: A History of Modern Pagan Witchcraft" examined the development of
Wiccaand the context in which it formed. He questioned many assumptions about its development and argued that many of the claimed connections to longstanding hidden pagan traditions are questionable at best. However, he also argued for its importance as a genuine new religious movement.
His latest work is on the origins of modern Druidry and how the modern Druid movement emerged in history, which revises the older historical accounts sympathetically, explaining why modern druidry was so important to its founders, and is still popular today. Part of this material was given as the first lecture of the Mount Haemus Award series. [cite web
title=The First Mount Haemus Lecture - The Origins of Modern Druidry
16th & 17th Century
*"Charles the Second, King of England, Scotland and Ireland", (1989), ISBN 0-19-822911-9
*"The British Republic 1649-1660", (2000), ISBN 0-333-91324-8
*"The Rise and Fall of Merry England: The Ritual Year 1400-1700", (2001), ISBN 0-19-285447-X
*"Debates in Stuart History", (2004), ISBN 1-4039-3589-0
Paganism and Magic
*"The Pagan Religions of the Ancient British Isles: Their Nature and Legacy", (1993), ISBN 0-631-18946-7, an overview of all the pagan peoples of pre-Christian Britain and Ireland.
*"The Stations of the Sun: A History of the Ritual Year in Britain", (1996), ISBN 0-19-285448-8
*"The Triumph of the Moon: A History of Modern Pagan Witchcraft", (2001), ISBN 0-19-285449-6, a history of the
neopaganreligion of Wicca.
*"Shamans: Siberian Spirituality and the Western Imagination", (2001), ISBN 1852853247, a look at
*"Witches, Druids and King Arthur", (2003), ISBN 1-85285-397-2, a collection of essays on various topics.
*"The Druids: A History", (2007), ISBN 978-1852855338, a history of the
Druids, from the historical Celtic priests to the Neo-druidryof the 20th century.
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Reviews and assessment
* Barry Collett, Review of Stations of the Sun, "Sixteenth Century Journal", 29/1 (1998): 241-243.
* Christopher W. Marsh, Review of Stations of the Sun, "Journal of Ecclesiastical History", 50 (1999): 133-135.
* Jonathan Roper, Review of Shamans, "Folklore", April 2005, [cite web
title=Shamans. Siberian Spirituality and the Western Imagination
Chas S. Clifton, Review of Witches, Druids and King Arthur, "The Pomegranate: The International Journal of Pagan Studies", 7/1 (2005): 101-103.
* History Today review by Christopher Chippindale of The Pagan Religions Of The Ancient British Isles (1992)
* Hill, Dr. J. D. (2004) [http://web.archive.org/web/20060108021032/http://www.thebritishmuseum.ac.uk/news/articles/Lindowresponse.pdf A Reply to Ronald Hutton’s Commentary ‘What did Happen to Lindow Man?’ TLS Jan 30th] . Sent to "The Times Literary Supplement"
2004-02-07. (Hutton's original article available [http://web.archive.org/web/20050828145615/http://www.thebritishmuseum.ac.uk/news/articles/TLS_LindowMan.pdf here] )
* [http://www.suppressedhistories.net/articles/hutton_review.html A review of Ronald Hutton's " The Pagan Religions of the Ancient British Isles"] by
Max Dashu, 1998. Last accessed 21 March 2007.
* [http://www.vaccines.plus.com/Murray%20and%20the%20Professor.html "Margaret Murray and the Distinguished Professor Hutton"] by Jani Farrell-Roberts: originally published as "The Great Debate" by Farrell-Roberts and Hutton in "The Cauldron", 2003.
* Long, Asphodel P. (1992) [http://www.asphodel-long.com/html/pagan_religions.html Review of "The Pagan Religions of the Ancient British Isles"] , "Wood and Water" 39, Summer 1992.
* Barrett, David V, 21/07/2007, The Independent. Book review: The Druids: A History [http://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/books/reviews/the-druids-a-history-by-ronald-hutton-454050.html/]
* Hutton, Ronald, 01/12/1996, history.ac.uk, Review of The Witch in History: Early Modern and Twentieth-Century Representations. [http://www.history.ac.uk/reviews/paper/hutton.html]
* [http://www.bristol.ac.uk/history/contact/hutton.html Webpage for Ronald Hutton]
* [http://druidry.org/modules.php?op=modload&name=PagEd&file=index&topic_id=1&page_id=98 The Origins of Modern Druidry by Ronald Hutton, Mt Haemus Award Lecture]
* [http://druidnetwork.org/profiles/people/ronald_hutton.html An Interview with Ronald Hutton in which he talks about his historical work and spiritual path.]
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