A Very British Witchcraft

A Very British Witchcraft
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Wicca is a homegrown British religion. Despite its trappings of ancient paganism, it’s also one of the most recent. The foundations were laid in a Dorset nudist colony in the 1930s, under retired civil servant Gerald Gardner. Canny, eccentric and with jutting white hair, he was the perfect witch for the 20th century.

Historian Ronald Hutton weaves together the story of this extraordinary man and Wicca itself. One of the world’s fastest growing religions, it is a typically British mix of mysticism and prurience. Along the way it took in magical warfare against Hitler, brewing tabloid outrage and a public obsessed by the group’s sensuous, naked practices.

Summary

Historian and leading expert in Pagan studies Professor Ronald Hutton explores the story of Wicca, one of Britain's fastest growing religious groups, and of its creator, an Englishman called Gerald Gardner. Hutton focuses on Gardner's story and experiences first-hand modern pagan witchcraft's growing influence throughout the country today.
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