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Margaret Murray, the Godmother of Wicca

February 13, 2016

Adventures in History and Archaeology

*This is a guest post, written by Ethan Doyle White (see bottom for biographical information and links to his blog and upcoming book).  I asked him to write this because of his salient forthcoming review of my book in Aries. Enjoy!

Margaret Murray was many things: acclaimed Egyptologist, prominent folklorist, feminist activist. But for those who know her for her role as an assistant to Flinders Petrie or as the first woman to be appointed as an archaeology lecturer in Britain, it may come as some surprise that she was a practitioner of magic and a woman who has come to be known as the “Godmother of Wicca”.

Murray’s own personal spiritual and religious beliefs are not particularly clear. Like most Britons of her day she was raised into an Anglican family and – although born in the British Raj – she spent time in England with an uncle…

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