Tom Shippey: Pagan Britain
6 November 2014
Show More Pagan Britain by Ronald Hutton.
Yale, 480 pp., £25, November 2013, 978 0 300 19771 6Show More
The King in the North: The Life and Times of Oswald of Northumbria by Max Adams.
Head of Zeus, 450 pp., £25, August 2013, 978 1 78185 418 1Show More
“... by art, language and even temperament. This has remained a powerful force even in modern politics. But what Hutton calls the ‘new model of ancient Celticity’, introduced in 2010 by John Koch and BarryCunliffe in Celtic from the West, sees the spread of Celtic languages as a consequence of the existence of an Atlantic trade route rather than ‘waves of invasion’. Trade doesn’t necessarily ...”