Sabine Baring-Gould The Book of Were-Wolves

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The Book of Were-Wolves

 
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THE CLASSIC STUDY OF LYCANTHROPY – 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.

Eclectic British scholar SABINE BARING-GOULD (1834-1924) inspired My Fair Lady, wrote the hymn "Onward Christian Soldiers," and published more than five hundred literary works. Among his foremost folkloric studies is 1865's The Book of Werewolves, the first serious academic study of the shape-shifters of mythological lore. "This work is the most frequently cited early study of lycanthropy and is regarded by most scholars as the foundation work in the field," says cryptozoologist Loren Coleman in his new introduction. "The Book of Werewolves was so visionary that it foresaw that future discussions within werewolf studies would necessarily travel down many side paths. Indeed, midway through The Book of Werewolves, Baring-Gould treks into the shadowy world of crimes vaguely connected to werewolves, including serial murders, grave desecration, and cannibalism.”

Chapter I. Introductory

Chapter II. Lycanthropy Among the Ancients

Chapter III. The Were-Wolf in the North

Chapter IV. The Origin of the Scaninavian Were-Wolf

Chapter V. The Were-Wolf in the Middle Ages

Chapter VI. A Chamber of Horrors

Chapter VII. Jean Grenier

Chapter VIII. Folk-Lore Relating to Were-Wolves

Chapter IX. Natural Causes of Lycanthropy

Chapter X. Mythological Origin of the Were-Wolf Myth

Chapter XI. The Maréchal de Retz.-I. The Investigation of Charges.

Chapter XII. The Maréchal de Retz.--II. The Trial

Chapter XIII. Maréchal de Retz.--III. The Sentence and Execution.

Chapter XIV. A Galician Were-Wolf

Chapter XV. Anomalous Case.--The Human Hyæna.

Chapter XVI. A Sermon on Were-Wolves

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Eclectic British scholar SABINE BARING-GOULD (1834-1924) inspired My Fair Lady, wrote the hymn "Onward Christian Soldiers," and published more than five hundred literary works. Among his foremost folkloric studies is 1865's The Book of Werewolves, the first serious academic study of the shape-shifters of mythological lore. "This work is the most frequently cited early study of lycanthropy and is regarded by most scholars as the foundation work in the field," says cryptozoologist Loren Coleman in his new introduction. "The Book of Werewolves was so visionary that it foresaw that future discussions within werewolf studies would necessarily travel down many side paths. Indeed, midway through The Book of Werewolves, Baring-Gould treks into the shadowy world of crimes vaguely connected to werewolves, including serial murders, grave desecration, and cannibalism.”

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