There are a lot of old newspaper articles, and other documents, scattered
throughout this whole website. These really help to throw some light on
Craft history and the personalities involved. If, after you have perused
these pages you want to learn more about Craft history, then check out some
of the following links and reading suggestions.
'A generation which ignores
history has no past - and no future...'
The notebook's of Lazarus Long.
www.geraldgardner.com/essays.php - Links to various essays on Gardnerian
Witchcraft, and it's history.
http://www.thewica.co.uk/My%20articles.htm - My Articles, which deal
with some aspect of Craft History, including the development of its rites
and the history of the Scottish Wica.
www.cyprian.org/Articles/gardchron.htm - An
Annotated Chronology and Bibliography of the Early Gardnerian Craft
by Roger Dearnaley. NB This site appears to be
currently down so I have
uploaded it here.
http://www.geraldgardner.com/dearnaley.php - An essay by Roger Dearnaley
that explores the influence of Aleister Crowley on Gardner and the Book of
- Notes on Gardnerian Witchcraft in England by Fred Lamond.
- A history based on a talk given by Julia Phillips.
Since some of the above articles and essays were written,
new information has come to light so there are some inaccuracies.
The Rebirth of Witchcraft by Doreen Valiente -
This book has a couple of chapters about Doreen's experiences in the Craft's
Fifty Years of Wicca by Fred Lamond - This
book has a few chapters about Fred's experiences in the Craft.
Wiccan Roots by Philip Heselton - This book deals with Gardner's early
life, the people he knew and the places he went.
Gerald Gardner and the Cauldron of Inspiration by Philip Heselton - This
is Philip's second book about Gardner and includes even more research and
information on his life.
Inventing Witchcraft by Aidan Kelly - An analysis of the
'Gardnerian' Book of Shadows as well as some insight into Craft history.
This book is an updated and revised version of
Crafting The Art Of Magic
The Witches Bible by Janet and Stewart Farrar - Another classic text
which also delves into modern Witchcraft's history.
Triumph of the Moon by Ronald Hutton - An academic investigation
into the history of modern Witchcraft.