Herne the Hunter


Herne the Hunter is not a Celtic deity. He originated as a 15th century person who was hanged on the Windsor estate. In those days he would have considered himself English, but people persist in seeing him as Celtic.

Everyone seems to want to jump on the bandwagon and be Celtic these days. There is nothing wrong with being Anglo-Saxon or plain English, it seems that it’s not sexy or fashionable enough.

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3 Comments

  1. trowelandtoothbrush said,

    August 4, 2014 at 12:47 am

    The Romans termed the tribes of what is now the British Isles as Celts. It was an umbrella term for tribes of people who shared similarities but who historians now believe would have identified themselves by the name of the tribe they came from though religion seemed to be a common factor. I am paraphrasing from Ronald Hutton’s Blood and Mistletoe. I wonder if the currant trend for identifying with the Celts is a desire to identify with what seemed to be a more pleasant and possibly egalitarian culture than those later foisted on the country by Romans, Saxons and Normans. The term Angelo-Saxon also suggests that the English prior to Norman conquest were half Saxon and half Celt, that seeming logical to me as they were the people on the land that the Romans were ruling before being driven away by the Saxons.

  2. August 4, 2014 at 7:55 pm

    You’re possibly right about the current trend of identifying with Celts, although I’d add that to a lot of people it’s probably that being Celtic is sexy right now. Go go sheep.

    On the other hand, Sulis was a Celtic deity venerated in Bath and I wouldn’t like to say that anyone who is English and called to her is not a descendant of those Celts.

  3. Ooh Chiara said,

    August 20, 2014 at 3:55 am

    Agreed! I shake my head at people referring to Herne as Celtic. He’s a Brit!


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