Modern Wicca: A History From Gerald Gardner to the Present

Modern Wicca: A History From Gerald Gardner to the Present

by Michael Howard Author

The history of the Wiccan religion (also known as modern neopagan witchcraft), focusing on the life of its founder. In the 1940s, Gerald Gardner, a retired English civil servant whose career was spent working on tea plantations in Borneo and Malaysia. Spirituality was his thing, and he got involved in various spiritual groups during his working life and when he retired back in England. Eventually, he was initiated into a coven of witches, and drew from their beliefs and practices to start a more widespread, less secretive witchy religion, Wicca. This fascinating history traces Wicca from these roots to its global spread and evolution as a faith and set of practices.