A study of the only religion, which England has ever given the world; modern pagan witchcraft. This book tells the story of its development and nature, and uses that story as a microhistory for a general consideration of attitudes to paganism, witchcraft, and magic in British society since 1800.
"An excellent reference edition....I highly recommend it."--Weekly Alibi
"Hutton uses his historical skills to tease apart some of the themes in this popular rural romanticism, and to locate their purely modern origin."--Times Literary Supplement, UK
"Hutton's book is excellent..."--Times Literary Supplement
"Hutton has synthesized a huge body of sources, and woven together a fascinating narrative with supreme skill. The reader is sure to be gripped by the wonderful cast of characters that he assembles...Hutton shows us that paganism is a matter of interest not only for the classicist and archeologist, but for the modern historian as well. In doing so his Triumph of the Moon proves to be a triumph of cultural history."--Owen Davies, History Today (UK, Vol. 50 No. 3
MACROCOSM; 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; MICROCOSM; 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; Notes; Index