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Title: Paganism in England 1885-1914
Author: Hallett, Jennifer Rachel.
Awarding Body: University of Bristol
Current Institution: University of Bristol
Date of Award: 2006
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This thesis examines paganism in England from the late Victorian period to the outbreak of the First World War. It explores paganism as an aspect of cultural history and defines paganism as the use of images and ideas from the ancient, pre-Christian, Mediterranean world. It identifies the existence of a radical desire for paganism to be restored in the modem era and it asserts that although this desire cannot be separated into discrete groups or movements, it did manifest itself in different varieties. This thesis reveals that there were three different varieties of paganism in operation during our period; these are labelled 'responsible' paganism, 'decadent' paganism, and 'magical' paganism. The form and nature of these varieties of paganism are discussed, analysed, and placed in the context of the wider cultural situation. This thesis concludes that paganism was used in an attempt to satisfy both spiritual and human aspirations .
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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