Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press, 2001. Paperback, 486 pages. New.
This work is the first full-scale scholarly study of the only religion England has ever given the world; that of modern pagan witchcraft. Since its publication it has become an instant classic.
Hutton examines the nature of that religion and its development, and offers a microhistory of attitudes to paganism, witchcraft, and magic in British society since 1800. Its pages reveal village cunning folk, Victorian ritual magicians, classicists and archaeologists, leaders of woodcraft and scouting movements, Freemasons, and members of rural secret societies. We also find some of the leading of figures of English literature, from the Romantic poets to W.B. Yeats, D.H. Lawrence, and Robert Graves, as well as the main personalities who have represented pagan witchcraft to the world since 1950.
Essential reading for all who care about the cultural history of modern paganism and Wicca.