A fully updated new edition of Ronald Hutton's classic work on the history of modern pagan witchcraft.
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Ronald Hutton is senior Professor of History at the University of Bristol, and a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society, the Society of Antiquaries, the Learned Society of Wales, and the British Academy. He is the historian on the board of trustees which runs English Heritage, and chair of the Blue Plaques panel which awards commemorative plaques to historic buildings. He has published sixteen books and eighty-one essays on a wide range of subjects including British history between 1400 and 1700, ancient and modern paganism in Britain, the British ritual year, and Siberian shamanism. His previous publications include Rise and Fall of Merry England (OUP 1994), Stations of the Sun (OUP 1996; current ed. 2001), and The Witch: A History of Fear from Ancient Times to the Present (Yale University Press 2017).
Preface; Acknowledgements; Macrocosm; 1 Finding a Language; 2 Finding a Goddess; 3 Finding a God; 4 Finding a Structure; 5 Finding a High Magic; 6 Finding a Low Magic; 7 Finding a Folklore; 8 Finding a Witchcraft; 9 Matrix; 10 God (and Goddess) Parents; Microcosm; 11 Gerald Gardner; 12 Gerald's People; 13 The Wider Context: Hostility; 14 The Wider Context: Reinforcement; 15 Old Craft, New Craft; 16 The Man in Black; 17 Royalty from the North; 18 Uncle Sam and the Goddess; 19 Coming of Age; 20 Grandchildren of the Shadows; Notes; Index
Review from previous edition this work ... makes for excellent reading. Hutton's extensive scholarship allows him to make and clarify connections between people and movements in recent centuries. * Northern Earth, No.83 * spirited, amusing and immensely informative ... Hutton's exceptional work is by far the most scholarly, comprehensive and judicious analysis of the subject yet published. It will remain the standard for many years to come. * Publishers Weekly * A remarkable book ... passionate yet written with calm and clarity ... a passionate, important and consistently fascinating book. * Journal of Ecclesiastical History * The Triumph of the Moon, which is densely argued and heavily annotated, leaves little doubt that the history which modern occultism has constructed for itself is bunk ... It all makes for riveting reading and, despite Hutton's demolition of the supposed lineage of witchcraft, I am tempted after reading his book to become a witch myself. * Robert Irwin, The Independent * Hutton's book is excellent ... Hutton uses his historical skills to tease apart some of the themes in this popular rural romanticism, and to locate their purely modern origin. * T. M. Luhrmann, Times Literary Supplement * Hutton's professional expertise shows paganism in a new light * Katrina Dixon, The Scotsman * An excellent study of the only religion England gave the world: pagan witchcraft. Scholarly and incisive, writing with verve and passion, Hutton exposes the Victorian fascination with the pagan ... Hutton writes a brilliant history of a faith that draws on ancient texts yet speaks to present concerns. * Kevin Sharpe, The Sunday Times *
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