It tells of newly-discovered members of the coven who practised herbal magic, including the author of girls' school stories crammed full of pagan imagery, and the true matriarch of the coven - a ritual magician whose sword is still used in witch rituals. The crucial and intimate role played by Gardner's first High Priestess, Edith Woodford-Grimes (Dafo) is revealed. The tale is unearthed of how Gardner's enthusiasm for naturism brought him into contact with such influential occult world figures as Harry 'Dion' Byngham, Ross Nichols, Cottie Burland and Dion Fortune. Gardner's discovery and re-erection of the half-timbered witch's cottage is recounted, and how he became an ordained minister of the Ancient British Church in the process.There is a full account of the setting up of the world's first Museum of Magic and Witchcraft, including Gardner's co-operation and subsequent split with Cecil Williamson, film producer and wartime intelligence officer. The sources from which the secret Book of Shadows was compiled are identified, including an older core of material. The author's frank conclusion suggests how the original coven in the New Forest may actually have started less than 80 years ago. As well as being a major step forward in chronicling the history of modern witchcraft, this book provides a fascinating insight for all who would like to learn more about the origins of what Professor Ronald Hutton has described as "the only religion that England has ever given the world".
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