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The Magical History of Britain
The Magical History of Britain

The Magical History of Britain


304 Pages, 6.25 x 9.25

Formats: Cloth

Cloth, $31.95 (US $31.95) (CA $42.95)

Publication Date: June 2019

ISBN 9781445677088

Rights: US & CA

Amberley Publishing (Jun 2019)

Price: $31.95


The first book to consider British history from a magical perspective, and how these arcane magical themes developed over time

No island is more deeply steeped in ancient history than Britain. The megalithic monuments are mute testimony to the mysterious foundations of "British" culture, and the inhabitants' knowledge of sophisticated mathematics, geodesy, and astronomy. The inspirational "revelation" of Alfred Watkins (the first person to promulgate the idea of "Ley Lines"), reminds us that British history is not just a matter of tradition, documentation, and archaeology—but evokes deep-seated connections with the land itself. This book charts the strange origins of these beliefs, and how, over millennia, they developed into an underpinning "national story" which came to legitimate British Imperialism, as well as providing a unifying identity in times of emergency which preserved the island against successive invaders, from the Romans to Nazi Germany. In 16 chapters the chronological evolution of the "magic" which lies behind conventional history is revealed.

Author Biography

Martin Wall is the author of The Anglo-Saxon Age.