Werewolf Histories

Werewolf Histories
Willem de Blécourt (ed.)
2015, London, Palgrave.

Werewolf HistoriesSynopsis:

“Today, werewolves are primarily know through films: as humans who change into wolves under the influence of the full moon. Although this is a recent image, werewolves have a long, fragmented and discontinuous history. Werewolf Histories is the first academic book in English to address European werewolf history and folklore from antiquity to the twentieth century. On the basis of mostly new source material, varying from archaeological finds, demonological tracts, witchcraft trials, slander suits and nineteenth- and twentieth-century legends, its contributors cover the most important European werewolf territories, ranging from Scandinavia to Germany, France and Italy, and from Croatia to Estonia. Werewolf Histories calls for a more sophisticated, contextualised, and differentiated approach and hopes to be be contagious enough to spawn more of its kind.”

table of contents + sample chapter