A History of Pagan Europe

Julianus reviews A History of Pagan Europe by Prudence Jones and Nigel Pennick, in the Bkwyrm archive.

A brilliant survey that every Pagan should read, this overview is an amazing look at “forgotten” history covering the whole continent of Europe from the Bronze Age to the present. Of particular interest are the many accounts of Pagan resistance, survivals, and even reconversion thoughout the “Christian” era. Scrupulous research and documentation make these passages far more powerful than anything in Margaret Murray. After reading this book Christianity seems like the bizarre obsession of a strange minority and I won’t be surprised if it rises to the top of the “most-banned” list. The only possible complaint about this book is that it is too short: each chapter could easily be expanded into a separate volume on its own, and I sincerely hope that future researchers will do just that.