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The Rebirth of Witchcraft

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One of witchcraft's most widely known figures, Doreen Valiente was a close friend of the late Gerald Gardner, generally regarded as the founder of modern Wicca. Initiated by him in the 1950s and for a time High Priestess of his coven, Doreen helped him rewrite his seminal Book of Shadows and establishwitchcraft's international reputation. In this intriguing exposé, Doreen ...more
Paperback, 224 pages
Published May 28th 2008 by Robert Hale
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Steve Cran
Doreen Valiente is a household name among the practitioners of witchcraft. She was first initiated into the craft by Gerald Gardner in the New Forrest Coven. She would later rewrite almost entirely Gardner's book of Shadows taking out many of the Crowleyisms and making the speech of the craft up to date.

Valiente has worked with such greats as Gardner, Robert Cockrane and Leslie Roberts. She gives an insiders view into the rebirth and history of the craft. Up until 1952 the practive of witchcraft
Loved it. It was the first book (without counting ABC of Witchcraft) of Doreen Valiente that I've read and my god, I love this woman!

She presents the History of Wicca from her point of view based on her experiences in life in such a way that we can clearly understand how it all happened. We can understand the social environment and all the trouble and confusion that needed to occur for Witchcraft to be where it is today.

From Gardner to Crowley with Sanders in the middle and more people you mig
This was an excellent biographical story of the founding of modern Wicca through the eyes of one of its most significant founders - Doreen Valiente. The text varies between scholarly research to journalism to gossip and speculation. Overall it's a fascinating read.

I liked Valiente. She had a lovable mix of scholarly intelligence and gullibility. I can only assume it was due to a desire to believe the best in people and willingness to take them at their word, which came through in her writing. Sh
Patick Kyteler
"The only reason for secrecy today is when witches themselves prefer not to have their identities and their private addresses revealed."
- Doreen Valiente (The Rebirth of Witchcraft, p.54)

How worthwhile is reading THE REBIRTH OF WITCHCRAFT by Doreen Valiente? I learned more about the true history of Wicca in the first five chapters than all the other books on modern witchcraft that I've read to date.

As for the content Doreen Valiente gives a compelling first person account of Wiccan history from
An easier look into the history of Witchcraft then Triumph, with little personal stories. Interesting.
Andy Fournier
Doreen Valiente's autobiography is a firsthand account of the origins of modern witchcraft by somebody who was not only there, but who put a lot of it together. Her no nonsense, down to earth approach to the Craft endears her to many like me who are fascinated by earthiness of Wicca and yet repelled by the woolliness of the New Age movement. A fine introduction to the field.
A bit more in depth and interesting that this authors other books. Highly recommended for anyone interested in learing about witchcraft from the leading author.
Dev Sodagar
This is one of the essential go-to texts that founded Gardenerian Wicca. It is well written, comprehensive and accessible. If you are interested in the modern Neopagan movement then this is an essential text.
Wade Macmorrighan
If you've read this book, you don't really need to invest in Prof. Hutton's diatribe, "The Triumph of the Moon", which is essentially a work of Special Pleading wrought with innumerable Logical Fallacies.
I've come to the conclusion I don't get along with the more modern books by Pagans. Again she just succeeded on getting on my nerves, breaking rules and trying to justify it. Doesn't work.
Interesting look at the beginning of the witchcraft revival in Britain. Not my favorite Doreen Valiente book but a good read nonetheless!
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Didn't make it through all of it, but it did help me write my final paper for school!
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Doreen Edith Dominy Valiente was an influential English Wiccan who was involved in a number of different early traditions, including Gardnerian Wicca, Cochrane's Craft and the Coven of Atho. Responsible for writing much of the early Gardnerian religious liturgy, in later years she also helped to play a big part in bringing the Neopagan religion of Wicca to wider public attention through the public ...more
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