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Tuesday, March 15, 2016

TITLES FROM THE DOREEN VALIENTE FOUNDATION, CENTRE FOR PAGAN STUDIES LTD.

EDGE OF THE CIRCLE BOOKS IS PLEASED TO
PRESENT THE FOLLOWING TITLES FROM
THE DOREEN VALIENTE FOUNDATION
AND THE CENTRE FOR PAGAN STUDIES LTD.







DOREEN VALIENTE: WITCH
By Philip Heselton
Paperback: 384 pages
Publisher: The Doreen Valiente Foundation and the Centre for Pagan Studies Ltd.
List Price: $24.99

 FROM THE PUBLISHER:
The complete and definitive biography of one of modern witchcraft's most influential witches, written with the full support and approval of the Centre for Pagan Studies and the Doreen Valiente Foundation. Revealing previously unknown details of Doreen's life, her involvement in the earliest days of Wicca, and her incredible contributions to the revival of witchcraft and paganism, this book is drawn from first-hand testimony and the vast collection of papers Doreen left behind for future generations to explore. Adding new insights into the unfolding story of modern witchcraft, Witch paints a fascinating portrait of this remarkable woman, from her earliest encounters with the craft, to her work with Gerald Gardner, the establishment of her own coven, and the writing of her many beloved books.


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THE CHARGE OF THE GODDESS
By Doreen Valiente
(Expanded Edition)
Paperback: 139 pages
List Price: $16.99

FROM THE PUBLISHER:
Doreen Valiente, hailed as the "Mother of Modern Witchcraft", is one of the most influential figures in 20th-century contemporary religion and spirituality. A prolific poet throughout her life, her most famous and many previously unknown poems are published here in this special posthumous volume named after her best known work: The Charge of the Goddess. This 2014 expanded edition features over 80 poems including all of the poems from the previous book of the same title plus many more previously unpublished poems.  Whilst the book will appeal to those interested in Doreen's spiritual and religious themes, the poetry embraces diverse and broader themes from seasonal insights to humorous retellings which the custodians of her legacy are proud to present here along with some of her better-known pieces such as “The Witches Chant” and “The Charge of the Goddess”.

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WHERE WITCHCRAFT LIVES
By Doreen Valiente
(4th Edition, Paperback)
Paperback: 112 pages
Publisher: Centre for Pagan Studies Ltd.
List Price: $16.99
  
FROM THE PUBLISHER:
Paperback copy of Doreen Valiente’s very first book, "Where Witchcraft Lives", first published in 1962. This is the 4th Edition, published by CFPS Ltd.
Over the years, we have received many requests for this book to be made more readily available so that is exactly what we have done.
This little gem of a book, Doreen's first ever writing, should really be treated as a historical document. Doreen researches and presents many folklore and witchcraft practices which had hitherto been consigned to a hidden world. In the book Doreen describes herself as a "student of witchcraft" though at the time of writing she was a high priestess. She never stopped investigating and honing her own craft.  "I only just scratched the surface", she said to John Belham-Payne shortly before she died.


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WITCHCRAFT IN YORKSHIRE
By Patricia Crowther
Perfect Paperback: 80 pages
Publisher: Harvest Shadows Publications; Doreen Valiente Foundation, 2014 Edition (August 1, 2008)
List Price: $19.95

FROM THE PUBLISHER:
A small book of the region's lore, this important and detailed book described customs, legends, spells, and beliefs of the Yorkshire area of the UK. Initially published in the UK in 1973, this first U.S. edition is a facsimile reproduction of the original, but with a beautiful copper metallic finish cover. The foreword to this 35th-anniversary collector’s edition puts this book in modern perspective, stating, "The small book you are now holding in your hands was an early effort by one of the first publicly announced practitioners to contribute to a fuller picture of the witch, and of witchcraft. The text provides samplings of how witchcraft and folk-magic manifested themselves, over many years, within the borders of Yorkshire."


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WITCHES WERE FOR HANGING
By Patricia Crowther
Paperback: 246 pages
Publisher: Centre For Pagan Studies Ltd (May 1, 2015)
List Price: $18.95

FROM THE PUBLISHER:
A novel of Witchcraft in 17th century England telling the tale of the Nokes family who are genuine witches and their attempts to outwit Matthew Hopkins, the Witchfinder General, and avoid the gallows. The author is one of the world's leading figures in contemporary Witchcraft, a true elder of the Craft, who brings frightening authenticity and genuine traditional insight to this thrilling story.

















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