Pomegranate: The International Journal of Pagan Studies, Vol 7, No 1 (2005)

From Fact to Fallacy:The Evolution of Margaret Alice Murray’s Witch-Cult

Catherine Noble
Issued Date: 8 Mar 2007

Abstract


The evolution of Margaret Murray’s theory of a historical witch-cult deserves as much scrutiny as the topic of witchcraft itself. Its widespread acceptance despite glaring inaccuracies to the eyes of a modern reader testifies how little interest the academic world had in witchcraft in the first half of the twentieth century. Its enduring popularity in the face of contrary evidence reveals the emotional nerve struck by Murray’s works. Today there are those still devoted to the concept of an ancient witch-cult, and they credit Murray with discovering it, even though the cult they describe may bear almost no relation to Murray’s witches.

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DOI: 10.1558/pome.v7i1.5

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