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

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

by Ronald Hutton
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The Triumph of the Moon: A History of Modern Pagan Witchcraft

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.

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780198207443
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publication date: 03/16/2000
Pages: 504
Product dimensions: 9.10(w) x 6.40(h) x 1.30(d)

Table of Contents


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


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

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Triumph of the Moon: A History of Modern Pagan Witchcraft 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
If you are interested in Wicca or any form of Neo-Paganism, this is the book to read. It cuts through the fog that has been woven around the origins of Wicca and shows conclusively what we know about its origins. The book reads like a detective novel, with Dr. Hutton closing off escape routes one by one until the only one left leads to the truth. Very highly recommended.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Triumph is a book that any modern Pagan must own to weed through the jungle on nonsense available. Every responsible teacher should have it near the top of their reading list. I know I do.