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Here is a book that brings witchcraft out of the shadows. The Triumph of the Moon is the first full-scale study of the only religion England has ever given the world — modern pagan witchcraft, otherwise known as wicca. Meticulously researched, it provides a thorough account of an ancient religion that has spread from English shores across four continents.

For centuries, pagan witchcraft has been linked with chilling images of blood rituals, ghostlike druids, and even human sacrifices. But while Robert Hutton explores this dark side of witchery, he stresses the positive, reminding us that devotion to art, the natural world, femininity, and the classical deities are also central to the practice of wicca. Indeed, the author shows how leading figures in English literature — W.B. Yeats, D.H. Lawrence, and Robert Graves, just to name a few — celebrated these positive aspects of the religion in their work, thereby softening the public perception of witchcraft in Victorian England. From cunning village folk to freemasons and from high magic to the black arts, Hutton chronicles the fascinating process by which actual wiccan practices evolved into what is now a viable modern religion. He also presents compelling biographies of wicca's principle figures, such as Gerald Gardner, who was inducted into a witch coven at the age of 53, and recorded many clandestine rituals and beliefs.

Ronald Hutton is known for his colorful, provocative, and always thoroughly researched studies on original subjects. This work is no exception. It will appeal to anyone interested in witchcraft, paganism and alternative religions.

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"Hutton's exceptional work is by far the most scholarly, comprehensive and judicious analysis of the subject yet published." Publishers Weekly

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"Hutton shows us that paganism is a matter of interest not only for the classicist and archeologist, but for the modern historian as well. In doing so his The Triumph of the Moon proves to be a triumph of cultural history." Owen Davies, History Today

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"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, Independent

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"An excellent reference edition....I highly recommend it." Weekly Alibi

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"[Hutton] shows a bracing and candid skepticism about the architects of pagan witchcraft....a very interesting story." The Times

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Bringing witchcraft out of the closet, this full-scale study offers readers a glimpse of modern pagan witchcraft, otherwise known as Wicca. Hutton shows how leading figures in English literature, including W.B. Yeats and D.H. Lawrence, celebrated the positive aspects of the religion in their work, thereby softening the public perception of witchcraft in Victorian England.

About the Author

Ronald Hutton is Professor of History at the University of Bristol. He is the author of seven other books, including The Stations of the Sun, which The Times Literary Supplement called "a tour de force from one of the liveliest and most wide-ranging English historians." He lives in the United Kingdom.

Table of Contents

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

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Daniel Raphael, August 20, 2006 (view all comments by Daniel Raphael)
Wiccan fundamentalists of whatever stripe won't like this book, but most witches will welcome the author's methodical, painstaking research and analysis. It is a real gift, to have information that is based on something other than opinion or powered by personal animus. Mr. Hutton examines the origins of the various myths that have underpinned contemporary Wicca, and judiciously separates the tangle of lies, half-truths, and confusion that have often been twined with the real roots of the Craft.

He recognizes that England has given to the world an entirely new religion, and traces the development of the Craft from shifting cultural images to literary creation to its actual foundation by Gerald Gardner. He carefully identifies the various elements from Masonry and ceremonial magic that were integrated into the practices and creed of Wicca. One of the most important things he does is to utter words almost never heard by his detractors: 'I don't know.' Like any conscientious scholar, he is less interested in the outcome of his research than that he be faithful to the facts as he has uncovered them.

At times, this can make for dry reading. If you aren't emotionally invested in the sifting of evidence and his correspondingly conditional evaluations thereof, you might want to scan that portion of the book. For those who wish to do their own research or to pursue specific factual points, his punctilious care with documentation will prove real benefit.

Mr. Hutton has provided us with an academic, nonpartisan inquiry based upon years of first-hand acquaintanace with individual witches and covens. We can be grateful that this supplements his extensive analysis of extant literature, for it likely accounts for the sympathetic tone of his concluding musings. He is no patsy and not taken in by charlatans of whatever stripe; it is to his credit, then, that he has retained a sense of humanity and real understanding of the need that Wicca meets in the spiritual life of a growing number of human beings.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780192854490
Author:
Hutton, Ronald
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Author:
null, Ronald
Location:
Oxford ; New York
Subject:
Great britain
Subject:
History
Subject:
Religion
Subject:
Witchcraft
Subject:
Witchcraft & Wicca
Subject:
Magick Studies
Subject:
History, Other | History of Religion
Subject:
Other | History of Religion
Subject:
Metaphysics-Wicca and Goddess Worship
Edition Description:
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Series Volume:
199
Publication Date:
20010531
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
512
Dimensions:
5.1 x 7.75 x 1 in 0.75 lb

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Product details 512 pages Oxford University Press - English 9780192854490 Reviews:
"Review" by , "Hutton's exceptional work is by far the most scholarly, comprehensive and judicious analysis of the subject yet published."
"Review" by , "Hutton shows us that paganism is a matter of interest not only for the classicist and archeologist, but for the modern historian as well. In doing so his The Triumph of the Moon proves to be a triumph of cultural history."
"Review" by , "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."
"Review" by , "An excellent reference edition....I highly recommend it."
"Review" by , "[Hutton] shows a bracing and candid skepticism about the architects of pagan witchcraft....a very interesting story."
"Synopsis" by , Bringing witchcraft out of the closet, this full-scale study offers readers a glimpse of modern pagan witchcraft, otherwise known as Wicca. Hutton shows how leading figures in English literature, including W.B. Yeats and D.H. Lawrence, celebrated the positive aspects of the religion in their work, thereby softening the public perception of witchcraft in Victorian England.

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