Miracles of Our Own Making: A History of Paganism

Liz Williams (Author)

Product Details

$22.50  $20.70
Reaktion Books
Publish Date
July 08, 2020
5.6 X 8.6 X 1.4 inches | 1.3 pounds
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About the Author

Liz Williams holds a PhD in the history and philosophy of science from the University of Cambridge and is a widely published writer and journalist. She lives in Glastonbury, where she co-owns a witchcraft shop and also lectures in creative writing.


"[An] engaging and often entertaining history of all strands of paganism and magic, taking in witchcraft, shamanism, Druidry, heathenry, and more. The author is a 'level-headed' journalist, SF author, and practicing witch, who nevertheless has zero tolerance for woo-woo, a fact which makes this particularly accessible."-- "Bookseller"
"At last, we have a history of British Paganism written from the inside, by somebody who not only has a good knowledge of the sources, but explicitly understands how Pagans and magicians think."--Ronald Hutton, author of The Triumph of the Moon: A History of Modern Pagan Witchcraft "Bookseller"
"An absolute must for anyone interested in the development of paganism in the modern world. I cannot recommend this book enough."--Janet Farrar, coauthor of A Witches' Bible "Bookseller"
"Paganism has a mysterious, complicated history. In Miracles of Our Own Making, Williams cheerfully guides her readers through the mists that too often shroud this fascinating topic. With good sense and sound judgment, our amiable guide takes us on a magical journey from the ancient world to the present day. Along the way, she highlights common pitfalls and evaluates how far contemporary paganism is indeed rooted in historical magical traditions. Although primarily focused on Britain, Miracles of Our Own Making is a wide-ranging book. Topics covered include Viking runes, Anglo-Saxon leechcraft, Tarot cards, Hellfire clubs, Druids, the Golden Dawn, and much more. Throughout, Williams eschews unnecessary controversy and avoids unproductive conflict. Instead, she synthesizes a litany of key primary and secondary sources, and does so with tolerance, kindness, and sympathy. Those drawn towards pagan paths will find Miracles of Our OwnMaking a fine overview of the mysterious and complex history of magic."--Thomas Waters, author of Cursed Britain: A History of Witchcraft and Black Magic in Modern Times "Bookseller"
"An informative and well-informed history of paganism, sensibly written with both knowledge and sympathy."--Carolyne Larrington, University of Oxford, author of The Land of the Green Man "Bookseller"
"In this highly engaging and informative book, Williams shares her wide knowledge of British Paganism in the past and present. From druids to grimoires, and antiquarians to occultists, the book is rich in detail and interesting characters."--Owen Davies, author of Grimoires and editor of The Oxford Illustrated History of Witchcraft and Magic "Bookseller"