Reading progress update: I've read 342 out of 492 pages.

Blood and Mistletoe: The History of the Druids in Britain - Ronald Hutton

From the 1930s... [came a] novel called In the Grip of the Druids by a spinster, Beth Coombe Harris [was] designed to educate children in the need to embrace a fervent Christianity, it portrays the adventures of a native family in Roman Britain eluding the attempts of the druids to acquire them for sacrifice. The efforts made to capture them are from determined in that they have brought back Christianity from Rome, which the Druids are determined to keep out of Britain lest it stir up the people against their tyranny. [...] A retired naval officer contributed a forward, adding a warning to its juvenile readers against the evils of Roman Catholicism.

 

Old-timey children's books were weird, man.