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The Book Of Werewolves: The Classic Study Of Lycanthropy [Format Kindle]

S. Baring-Gould

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TRUE ACCOUNTS OF MEN AND WOMEN TURNED INTO WOLVES!

The 1890s classic that launched the 20th century fascination with werewolves. A fascinating and shuddersome compilation of authentic cases of lycanthropy -- men and women transformed into wolves -- from throughout history and around the world. You will read about Scandinavian werewolves in the Volsung Saga and Hrolf's Saga; in the middle ages like the Courland Werewolves, Pierre Bourgot and Michel Verdung, the Gandillon Family, and the famous case of Jean Grenier. You will also learn the lore of werewolves and protections against them dawn from around the world, Scotland, Norway, Russia, Poland, India, Abyssinia, Greece and more. You will also discover the causes of lycanthropy: innate or extreme cruelty, fascination with blood, hallucination and mental illness. The source book for early-twentieth century horror writers and film makers, from Lovecraft to Siodmak.

Book Description

1865. Baring-Gould states that upon finding the superstition of werewolves so prevalent he decided to investigate the fascinating history and habits of these mythical creatures. Contents: Lycanthropy among the Ancients; The Werewolf in the North; Origin of the Scandinavian Werewolf; Werewolf in the Middle Ages; A Chapter of Horrors; Jean Grenier; Fork Lore Relating to Werewolves; Natural Causes of Lycanthropy; Mythological Origin of the Werewolf Myth; The Marechal De Rezt; A Galician Werewolf; Anomalous Case, The Human Hyaena; A Sermon of Werewolves.

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  • Format : Format Kindle
  • Taille du fichier : 342 KB
  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 127 pages
  • Pagination - ISBN de l'édition imprimée de référence : 1466260580
  • Editeur : PageTurner (11 mars 2004)
  • Vendu par : Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Langue : Anglais
  • ASIN: B000FC1B9W
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Amazon.com: 3.7 étoiles sur 5  19 commentaires
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Book of Werewolves 8 septembre 2005
Par Cwn_Annwn - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Broché|Achat vérifié
Written in the 1860's but still holding up to the test of time this book ranks as a classic of European lore on lycanthropy/shapeshifting in particular pertaining to werewolves. Worth its weight in gold just for the two chapters on Scandinavian wolf lore, and the idea that the viking berserkers were werewolves/shapeshifters. But besides that there is plenty of folklore on werewolves/shapeshifting in eastern Europe, France, and various other places in Europe. Also historical documentation of medieval serial killers who were alleged to be werewolves is recounted, as well as Baring-Goulds own encounters with local werewolf legends that had people in fear to go in the woods alone in various locales in France that he visited. The only fault I see with this book is that even though for a book written when it was it really covers a lot of bases the vast amount of Celtic shapeshifting/werewolf lore that exists is not included. Regardless this book still remains a timeless classic work.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Long in the tooth, but still has bite! 7 septembre 2005
Par Prelati - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Broché
Arguably the first definitive study of the topic, penned by the eccentric clergyman best known for writing the hymn 'Onward Christian Soldiers', this 1865 volume still beats most of the modern competition paws down. Its age means some will find it a tough read, but for others that will just enhance its charms. 'The Book of Werewolves' is still impressive scholarship today, and it was this volume that first made the careers of real-life monsters Gilles de Rais and Countess Bathory familiar to English readers (though somewhat toned down for its original Victorian audience). If you're serious about your lycanthropes, then this belongs on your shelf right beside Charlotte Otten's recent 'Lycanthropy Reader'.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Baring-Gould's Classic on Werewolves Still Ignites Interest! 5 octobre 2005
Par Queen of Cups - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Broché
Sabine Baring-Gould (1834-1924) was a Vicar in the Church of England in Devon, an archaeologist, folklorist, historian and a prolific author. Baring-Gould was also a bit eccentric. He reputedly taught classes with a pet bat on his shoulder. He is best known for writing the hymn 'Onward Christian Soldiers'.

This book is one of the most cited references about werewolves. The Book of the werewolf takes a rationalistic approach to the subject.

The book starts off with a straightforward academic review of the literature of shape-shifting; however, starting with Chapter XI, the narrative takes a strange turn into sensationalistic 'true crime' case-studies of cannibals, grave desecrators, and blood fetishists, which have a tenuous connection with lycanthropy. This includes an extended treatment of the case of Giles de Rais, the notorious associate of Joan of Arc, who was convicted and executed for necrosadistic crimes. Margaret Murray had a controversial theory about this subject

All that aside, if you are the least bit interested in Lycanthropy, you have to read this book!
4 internautes sur 5 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
5.0 étoiles sur 5 Indispensible account of werewolf lore 7 février 2009
Par The valkyrie Mist - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Broché
If, as is apparently the case for at least one other reviewer, you're looking for a more "modern" book on werewolves--and you, say, happen to be obsessed with "Underworld", "Van Helsing", and similar Hollywood-contrived fluff, this is almost certainly not the book for you. I'm sure that there are plenty of new books out there that rehash and add to modern popular (mis)conception of what werewolves are, which will suit your taste much better.

If, however, you have an interest in genuine folklore and mythology, and want to know how werewolves were thought of back when folks still actually BELIEVED in werewolves, then this the book for you. It was masterfully written back in 1865, before Hollywood got its claws on the concept of werewolves and distorted them almost beyond recognition.

Among other things, the author explores the mythological origins and (as a mid-19th Century Anglican priest saw it) psychological precedent for the phenomenon of the werewolf. He also presents case studies of werewolves, and of men whose heinous crimes (often homicidal and cannibalistic) recall various aspects of werewolf lore.

Notwithstanding the macabre topic of the book, it is delightfully well-written (in a moderately verbose, 19th Century sort of way) and well-reasoned (inasmuch as an account of werewolves can be described as such). Sabine Baring-Gould's Christian perspective shines through clearly enough, although his piety is nothing compared to the zeal of a certain Montague Summers, author of "The Werewolf in Lore and Legend". Nevertheless, I would highly recommend both books for any serious student of werewolf lore.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Surprisingly Good 28 octobre 2008
Par Tahra - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Broché
This is an interesting insight into the 'olde' world. A fascinating subject with viable accounts of were-wolves (I realise that they are fiction) in history and how this reflects on the common psche of the time. Macabre at times, perhaps going into too much detail on the incidents that were blamed on people who claimed lycanthropy. This book is not for the faint of heart.
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