The Triumph of the Moon: A History of Modern Pagan Witchcraft

The Triumph of the Moon: A History of Modern Pagan Witchcraft

Paperback | April 1, 2001

byRonald Hutton

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Ronald Hutton is known for his colourful and provocative writings on original subjects. This work is no exception: for the first full-scale scholarly study of the only religion England has ever given the world; that of modern pagan witchcraft, which has now spread from English shores acrossfour continents. Hutton examines the nature of that religion and its development, and offers a microhistory of attitudes to paganism, witchcraft, and magic in British society since 1800. Its pages reveal village cunning folk, Victorian ritual magicians, classicists and archaeologists, leaders ofwoodcraft and scouting movements, Freemasons, and members of rural secret societies. We also find some of the leading of figures of English literature, from the Romantic poets to W.B. Yeats, D.H. Lawrence, and Robert Graves, as well as the main personalities who have represented pagan witchcraft tothe world since 1950. Densely researched, Triumph of the Moon presents an authoritative insight into a hitherto little-known aspect of modern social history.

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Ronald Hutton is known for his colourful and provocative writings on original subjects. This work is no exception: for the first full-scale scholarly study of the only religion England has ever given the world; that of modern pagan witchcraft, which has now spread from English shores acrossfour continents. Hutton examines the nature o...

Ronald Hutton is Professor of History at Bristol University.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:512 pages, 7.72 × 5.08 × 1.06 inPublished:April 1, 2001Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0192854496

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from An excellent primer for those who are interested in the historic development of Modern day paganism This is an excellent book, I I strongly recommend it to anyone who is interested in the development of the neo-pagan spiritual movement. Hutton does an excellent job of tracing the development of wicca as a indegenous spiritual movement in the British Isels. He dispels all of the myths (such as the secret history of wicca, the burning times, and other misinformations caused byy works sucj as the golden bough and margret murry's thesis). The only criticism that I have is his section regarding celtic belief structures and their modern applications are misinformed. Aside from that, however the book is worth a read and provides actual historic evidence to support its claims, unlike so many other books regarding the history of Wicca.
Date published: 2008-02-27
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Thought-Provoking The author takes great pains to debunk the ancient practice of goddess-worship. A must-read for any who think they know the origins of modern paganism and wiccan rituals. The book provides compelling evidence to suggest this current pagan trend is not based on thousands of years of tradition, but instead the fantastical delusions and of Romantic Era poets. Well written and thoroughly researched, but will challenge what you think you know about modern witchcraft.
Date published: 2004-06-24
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Worthy sleep material Well worth it if you want to fall asleep. I found some of the information misleading, and have most certainly read better material during my days, which are very few.
Date published: 2003-03-06

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Table of Contents

Macrocosm1. Finding a Language2. Finding a Goddess3. Finding a God4. Finding a Structure5. Finding a High Magic6. Finding a Low Magic7. Finding a Folklore8. Finding a Witchcraft9. Matrix10. God (and Goddess) ParentsMicrocosm11. Gerald Gardner12. Gerald's People13. The Wider Context: Hostility14. The Wider Context: Reinforcement15. Old Craft, New Craft16. The Man in Black17. Royalty from the North18. Uncle Sam and the Goddess19. Coming of Age20. Grandchildren of the ShadowsNotesIndex

Editorial Reviews

`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.