I have just finished reading Ronald Hutton’s book Blood and Mistletoe and this is a very informative book. This is not a book on how to “live like a Druid” but the history of Druids through the eyes of an academic. The history of the Druids is a very difficult subject as there is little evidence for them and thanks to people like Iolo Morganwg, some of the “evidence” is falsified. What I found particularly interesting is the differencing of opinion of each country of the British Isle, Scotland, Wales, Ireland and England and Druids. Druids seem to have many faces from philosophers and priests to blood-thirsty and ignorant and the book look at how different times in history saw changes in the perception of Druids. I would recommend this book to both historians and followers of any nature based religion.
March 11, 2013