Miracles of Our Own Making

A History of Paganism

Liz Williams

Miracles of Our Own Making

Liz Williams

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352 pages | 7 halftones | 5 1/2 x 8 1/2
Cloth $22.50 ISBN: 9781789142211 Will Publish May 2020 For sale in North and South America only
What do we mean by “paganism”—druids, witches, and occult rituals? Healing charms and forbidden knowledge? Miracles of Our Own Making is a historical overview of pagan magic in the British Isles, from the ancient peoples of Britain to the rich and cosmopolitan landscape of contemporary paganism. Exploring the beliefs of the druids, Anglo-Saxons, and Vikings, as well as Elizabethan Court alchemy and witch trials, we encounter grimoires, ceremonial magic, and the Romantic revival of arcane deities. The influential and well-known—the Golden Dawn, Wicca, and figures such as Aleister Crowley—are considered alongside the everyday “cunning folk” who formed the magical fabric of previous centuries. Ranging widely across literature, art, science, and beyond, Liz Williams debunks many of the prevailing myths surrounding magical practice, past and present, while offering a rigorously researched and highly accessible account of what it means to be a pagan today.
Contents
Introduction 1 Ancient Origins 2 Saxon Spells and Viking Victories 3 Medieval Magic 4 Renaissance Rites 5 Georgian Gentlemen 6 Victorian Values 7 The Twentieth Century Conclusion
Review Quotes
Ronald Hutton, author of "The Triumph of the Moon: A History of Modern Pagan Witchcraft"
At last, we have a history of British Paganism written from the inside, by somebody who not only has a good knowledge of the sources, but explicitly understands how Pagans and magicians think.”
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