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Trials of the Moon: Reopening the Case for Historical Witchcraft
by Ben Whitmore
The 'creation myths' of modern witchcraft and Paganism were decisively toppled at the turn of this century in Ronald Hutton's celebrated book, Triumph of the Moon. But did Hutton topple more than just myths? Are some truths also hidden in the rubble? Did paganism really die out centuries ago? Was witchcraft really no more than a fantasy? Were the Gods of Wicca really born ...more
Paperback, 112 pages
Published November 10th 2010 by Briar Books
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I found this really interesting. It makes the case for witchcraft being historically present in the middle ages, contrary to some writers like Hutton. I’d been having trouble reconciling Hutton’s views with the evidence for paganism in the middle ages given by (e.g) http://www.gravenimages.com.au/ageofw... (and the novel Graven Images). So this critique throws a lot of light on it, and shows how a lot of Hutton's stuff is based is not historically based but is motivated by some other agenda.
Whitmore asked many of the questions I asked as I was reading Triumph of the Moon by Ronald Hutton. This book will serve as a warning for me to both read more critically, and be more careful when doing research to see that I actually get what the reference is saying. Skimming is not good enough when other people are going to take what you write as a fact.