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.


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.