For the Indo-European Studies, I have chosen to read A History of Pagan Europe by Prudence Jones and Nigel Pennick. Based on the book description, it is “the first comprehensive study of its kind, this fully illustrated book establishes Paganism as a persistent force in European history with a profound influence on modern thinking. From the serpent goddesses of ancient Crete to modern nature-worship and the restoration of the indigenous religions of Eastern Europe, this wide-ranging book offers a rewarding new perspective of European history. In this definitive study, Prudence Jones and Nigel Pennick draw together the fragmented sources of Europe’s native religions and establish the coherence and continuity of the Pagan world vision. Exploring Paganism as it developed from the ancient world through the Celtic and Germanic periods, the authors finally appraise modern Paganism and its apparent causes as well as addressing feminist spirituality, the heritage movement, nature-worship and ‘deep’ ecology. This innovative and comprehensive history of European Paganism will provide a stimulating, reliable guide to this popular dimension of religious culture for the academic and the general reader alike.”
I’ll not upload my essay right now because I haven’t not finished to read the book yet and, following the ADF Dedicant Path Through the Wheel of the Year Working Guide, the first book review is only due on week 25. I’m currently at the page 166 of 220 and I can say that I really like this book! We learned about the Greek and the Eastern Mediterranean, Rome and the Western Mediterranean, the Roman Empire, the Celtic World (my favorite part), the Germanic people (the Norsemen, the Franks, the Saxons and the Vikings) and I’m now reading on the Baltic Lands.
I already collected 15 pages full of notes to date. I truly recommend this book as it is an easy read and it’s also easy to understand all the historic events related in the pages.
To be continued!