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Wiccan roots : Gerald Gardner and the modern witchcraft revival

Author: Philip Heselton
Publisher: Freshfields, Chieveley, Berks : Capall Bann Pub., ©2000.
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This book reveals a remarkable picture of the revival of witchcraft in England during the 1930s and 40s. Through years of research, the author has pieced together the story of how retired civil servant, Gerald Gardner, became involved in the worlds of naturism and folklore, which led him to discover a strange theatre run by an esoteric magical group known as the Crotona Fellowship. Here, he made contact with a  Read more...
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Named Person: Gerald Brosseau Gardner; Gerald Brosseau Gardner
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Philip Heselton
ISBN: 1861631103 9781861631107
OCLC Number: 46955899
Description: iv, 338 pages : illustrations, maps, portraits ; 21 cm
Other Titles: Gerald Gardner and the modern witchcraft revival
Responsibility: Philip Heselton.

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This book reveals a remarkable picture of the revival of witchcraft in England during the 1930s and 40s. Through years of research, the author has pieced together the story of how retired civil servant, Gerald Gardner, became involved in the worlds of naturism and folklore, which led him to discover a strange theatre run by an esoteric magical group known as the Crotona Fellowship. Here, he made contact with a family of hereditary witches, whom the author has been able to identify, whose lineage dates back to Napoleonic times. The personalities of two key figures in the story, 'Old Dorothy' Clutterbuck, in whose house Gardner was initiated, and Dafo, his High Priestess, are brought to life, and photographs appear for the first time. Whatever the truth about Dorothy's involvement with witchcraft, extracts from her diaries, never before made public, reveal her as a pagan at heart. New light is shed on the momentous ritual the witches carried out in 1940 when invasion threatened, including the probable identity of those who gave their lives in the cause. Few witches, pagans or other students of modern religious movements will fail to be fascinated by the carefully researched revelations in this important book.

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