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Fantastic work on the roots of paganism and Wicca,
This review is from: The Rebirth of Witchcraft (Paperback)I read this book as a semi-beginner in Wicca, after hearing Doreen Valiente's name dropped often and seeing how accessible this book looked. If you think you know how Wicca came about then read this - it goes into detail without being boring and reaffirms your belief in Wicca if, like me, you sometimes have a hard time justifying a religion which is so new (The Meaning of Witchcraft by Gerald Gardner is also fantastic for this). Valiente covers so many topics here without it feeling 'Wicca 101', writing engagingly and intelligently. I found myself of many of the same opinions as her which helped - she is obviously an open-minded and, at times, slightly sceptic person.
Her communications with the 18th century witch John Brakespeare, whether you believe them or not, are inspiring as he tells you how the craft should be practised ie. simply and easily.
When I first started on the path I felt overwhelmed with all the names I heard, which it was (I was told) important to know about; eg. George Pickingill, Robert Cochrane, Alex Sanders. This book has a chapter on each one, which you can either be perfectly happy with or use as a springboard for your own research. I feel I know so much more about the path from this book, and it enables the transition from beginner to intermediate. Valiente also opens your mind to topics and new names you might not have known or thought you didn't care about, such as feminist Wicca and the fantastic artist Monica Sjoo.
Easy and quick to read, with so much info and inspiring and belief-affirming stuff, every Pagan should read this if they want to know more about the roots of the new age of Paganism.