As you are well aware, Ronald Hutton is a Professor of History at the University of Bristol in the UK who is known amongst Pagans for his writings on topics dear to our hearts such as the ritual year in Britain, ancient and medieval paganism and magic, and modern Pagan witchcraft. The book he is arguably most famous for, at least amongst modern witches, is The Triumph of the Moon: A History of Modern Pagan Witchcraft (OUP, 1999). This book has been received positively by many leading Pagans, as well as Pagan Studies scholars, amongst whom Hutton is considered to be a trailblazer responsible for making the study of modern Paganism acceptable within academia, thus paving the way for younger scholars to investigate it via disciplines such as anthropology, sociology, religious studies, theology, history and archaeology. Other Pagans have not been so pleased with his work however, and in January of this year – over a decade after the publication of The Triumph of the Moon – a vitriolic war of words erupted on the internet as a result of discussion over a publication by New Zealand Wiccan, Ben Whitmore, called Trials of the Moon.
I have had the good fortune to interview Professor Hutton on this topic and I urge you to check it out at my blog ‘Necropolis Now’ http://necropolisnow.blogspot.
I hope you find the interview as interesting as I do.