Saturday, 23 June 2012

Monday, 18 June 2012

Gerald Gardner and the origins of Wicca

This is a review article based on Philip Heselton's Witchfather.  I also draw on material from Heselton's earlier books, as well as Aidan Kelly's Inventing Witchcraft and Ronald Hutton's Triumph of the Moon.


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As Ronald Hutton has noted, the tradition of pagan witchcraft known as Wicca is the only religion that England has ever given to the world - and Gerald Brosseau Gardner (1884-1964) was its prophet.  Various aspects of Gardner's life and work, and of the religion that he founded, have been hashed through by a succession of previous writers.  Until now, however, only one dedicated biography of Gardner has existed, this being his authorised biography, Gerald Gardner: Witch (1960).  Philip Heselton's new magnum opus, Witchfather, fills a gap in the market by providing a properly researched two-volume study of Gardner's eventful life.