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Witchfather: A Life of Gerald Gardner, Volume 2--From Witch Cult to Wicca

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From the author of the highly acclaimed Wiccan Roots, this is the first full-length biography of Gerald Brosseau Gardner (1884-1964) a very personal tale of the man who single-handedly brought about the revival of witchcraft in England in the mid 20th Century. From his birth into an old family of wealthy Liverpool merchants, through an unconventional upbringing by his flam ...more
Paperback, 436 pages
Published June 1st 2012 by Thoth Publications (first published January 30th 2012)
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Steve Cran
Philip Heselton is an authjor that cuts to the chase and get's down to the core of everything. He has written some fascinating books on Wicca and more importantly it's sources. Now he has written a thorough biography and has done his research into related sources. His biography relies a lot or has taken a major beginning from Bracelin's earlier work and Gerald Gardner's writings. He has taken the various claims and investigated their veracity. Not an easy thing to do.

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Peregrin Wildoak
In these books Philip Heselton continues his work as an amateur historian revealing the origins of the Wiccan tradition. A testament to the power of the researcher outside the academy, Heselton once again has written a wonderful book. Engaging, deep and free of guesswork, these two volumes trace the life of Gerald Gardner, before and after his (re)creation of modern Wicca. The author is very clear and cites his resources well, noting when he is applying his own theory or assumptions. Hesleton co ...more
Merri-Todd Webster
One thing I learned from this book that I had not understood before was that Gardner did not really become involved in "the witch cult", as he initially called it, until he was retired. He spent most of his adult life living and working abroad due to his asthma; he only settled in England and began getting in touch with people doing "witchy" things when he was in his fifties (hence, no doubt, his widespread nickname of "Old Gerald"). Once again I urge readers interested in modern witchcraft and ...more
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