The Lost Gods of England - Brian Branston
I looked forward to reading this book after Kathleen Herbert's excellent "Looking for the Lost Gods of England". The book had excellent reviews at Amazon and so I thought it was worth buying the hardcover.The book is presented as an academic tome, examining the archaeological evidence for the gods of the northern pantheon being part of the pagan tradition in England. It has various illustrations throughout of archaeological finds.Here my interest ended. It has taken me several long months to get through this book because I find it so frustrating. Perhaps the nature of archaeology has changed since this book was first written (1974), but I find the author only to willing to build very unstable bridges between what is fact and what he wants to be true. He almost forces the evidence to fit his theories and, to me, this is seems like bad methodology indeed.One can theorise, but one should be careful saying, "The evidence could suggest this, or it could suggest that", not: "One has this theory and the evidence proves it categorically", when there are clearly other explanations.For instance, he provides explanations for various images found on objects; his tone and manner implying that his is the accepted meaning amongst historians, when, in fact, it is not. But, perhaps I am being too harsh? Perhaps at the time the book was written these theories were accepted, but time has seen them alter.