Blót on the Landscape: Re-reading Pope Gregory’s Letter on the Heathen Temple

Authors

  • Jeremy Harte

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.1558/pome.v13i10.23

Keywords:

Neo-Paganism, Pope Gregory,

Abstract

Pope Gregory’s letter written to Abbot Mellitus in the year 601 is often cited as evidence for the widespread Christianisation of pagan British monuments. Jeremy Harte examines this celebrated text and reviews its impact on modern notions of site continuity

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Published

2020-08-11

How to Cite

Harte, J. (2020). Blót on the Landscape: Re-reading Pope Gregory’s Letter on the Heathen Temple. Pomegranate, 23–30. https://doi.org/10.1558/pome.v13i10.23

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