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Eight thousand of them were slain upon the field of battle the whole race was exterminated, and the enraged conquerors scoured the country in all direction, slew the women and children and old men, drove away the cattle, fired the woods and cottages, and made a total waste of the land. As it is stated that the clergy had forced themselves into the peaceful retreats of the Stedinger, it is clear that no clergy had been there before., in other words, the...

Dr Leo Louis Martello

Gardner's biography has been published many times, including a chapter on him in my own Witchcraft The Old Religion. For the record his first Craft book was High Magic's Aid published in 1949, a self-published work. His second was Witchcraft Today in 1954 and his last was The Meaning of Witchcraft, 1959, five years before his death. Prior to these he had written A Goddess Arrives, 1948, and Keris and Other Malay Weapons, 1936. The latter and High Magic's Aid were published under his...

The Stone Age Origins Of Witchcraft

I have endeavoured to tell as much as I can of what witches know and believe about themselves and their history. Now I am going to discuss the probable origins of the cult, and to do this I shall try to show the various influences which may have been brought to bear upon it in Britain. I hope this may encourage others to investigate along similar lines in this and other countries. When you begin to examine the origin of witchcraft, it is like excavating one of those prehistoric caves in France...

Witchcraft In Roman And Saxon Times

The position of the cult in Roman and Saxon times seems rather a puzzle. The great question is, were the witches and the Druids members of the same cult The witches have no exact traditions on the subject. Personally, I think they were not the witch cult was the religion of the soil, as it were, and the Druids were the more aristocratic religion, much as things were a thousand years later, when the witch cult was the religion of the peasants, but the Roman Church was the dominant power. The...