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Looking for the Lost Gods of England

by Kathleen Herbert

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An examination of the royal genealogies, charms, verse and other sources in an attempt to find the names and attributes of the gods and goddesses of the early Anglo-Saxons. The text is a transcript of a talk given to a meeting of The English Companions.

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Interesting but very thin booklet containing the report of a search within Anglo-Saxon writings for the original Anglo-Saxon deities and customs . The author uses several sources: mythical ancestry of the nobility, Anglo-saxon texts for educational or medical purposes and the Anglo-Saxon heroic literature. The story not only offers fascinating reconstruction into Anglo-Saxon history but alos provides a tantalizing glimpse into the pagan religious life of that time, as well as its attitude to magic and magic users.

The book is a nice and easy read, with many original fragments in Old English, an extensive source and reference list and several historical maps. It is a shame , however, that the story is suddenly finished: no overall conclusions or summary is provided. ( )
  BajorRon | May 8, 2007 |
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An examination of the royal genealogies, charms, verse and other sources in an attempt to find the names and attributes of the gods and goddesses of the early Anglo-Saxons. The text is a transcript of a talk given to a meeting of The English Companions.

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