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LewisSpence-Mysteries Of Ancient Britain

LewisSpence-Mysteries Of Ancient Britain

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authenticcharacterandvaluetoBritishmystics
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aware
has,ofcourse,beenfrequentlyadvancedasaseriouscontention.But,
because
ofthebizarremethodbywhichthisviewhasformerlybeenadvanced,aperfectlysoundhypothesishasnotonlybeenseriouslydamaged,huthasbeengreetedwithunmeritedcontempt.Ihavestriven,
ill
settingitforthinamorecatholicmanner,toemployonlysuchsourcesasappearedtome

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