It’s been a very good year for the well-known and much-loved scholar of Pagan, Druid and Wiccan history Professor Ronald Hutton. His wonderful TV series, Professor Hutton’s Curiosities is airing on Yesterday TV, and last week he was elected Fellow of the British Academy. Here is the news from the Bristol University website:
Professor Ronald Hutton of the Department of History has achieved the rare distinction of being elected a Fellow of the British Academy, the national academy for the humanities and social sciences.
The British Academy elected 42 new Fellows at its Annual General Meeting on 18 July 2013. Each of them is a highly distinguished academic, recognised for his or her outstanding research. The Fellows represent the full range of the Academy’s subject areas from early literature to law.
Professor Hutton is a leading authority on the history of the British Isles in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, on ancient and medieval paganism and magic, and on the global context of witchcraft beliefs. He is also the leading historian of the ritual year in Britain and of modern paganism.
His recent publications include A Brief History of Britain, 1485-1660 and Blood and Mistletoe: The History of the Druids in Britain.
Professor Hutton said: “Having been a historian at Bristol for over thirty years, I am delighted by the honour that the Academy has done to my subject, department, school, faculty and university, and being inherently sociable I look forward to pulling my weight as a member of one of our nation’s most valuable scholarly institutions.”