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Legends of Blood: The Vampire in History and Myth
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Legends of Blood: The Vampire in History and Myth

by Wayne Bartlett, Flavia Idriceanu
 

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Of all the fictional monsters that have pierced society's collective consciousness, none has been so persistent or seductive as the vampire. Tales of the undead preying upon the blood of the living have survived in one form or another for thousands of years and across cultures. Legends of Blood traces this fascinating history from the myths of Ancient Greece

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Of all the fictional monsters that have pierced society's collective consciousness, none has been so persistent or seductive as the vampire. Tales of the undead preying upon the blood of the living have survived in one form or another for thousands of years and across cultures. Legends of Blood traces this fascinating history from the myths of Ancient Greece and Egypt through the Gothic literature of 19th century Europe and up to present day, emphasizing how the tales of this alluring creature tap into humanity's most basic and primal fears. Wayne Bartlett and Flavia Idriceanu's highly readable yet impeccably researched book is a must-have for vampire enthusiasts and scholars alike.

Drawing upon such sources as obscure and ancient myths, Romantic literature, and the novels of Anne Rice, Legends of Blood sheds new light on the pervasiveness of the vampire myth. Bartlett and Idriceanu illustrate the relationships that subsist between vampires and witchcraft, religion and sexuality, and show how the myth has adapted to the various intellectual trends of European history. Other topics include real-life vampirism such as the macabre tale of Elizabeth Bathory who murdered some 650 girls and bathed in their blood to restore her legendary beauty.

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"This book is sure to please vampire aficionados….Recommended for large public libraries." - Library Journal

"In this readable and rich history of vampires, the authors draw on such diverse material as ancient Aztec, Egyptian, and Greek mythologies, religious symbolism, and modern art, literature, television, and movies. There is information here for every level of interest and knowledge base, and it is clear and well organized. Other than being interesting and informative in its own right, what makes this book a great choice for school libraries is its many eclectic citations, from Arthurian legend to J. K. Rowling. Readers whose enthusiasm led them from Buffy, Cirque du Freak, Anne Rice, or Bram Stoker to Legends of Blood are given a large number of options to choose from next." - School Library Journal

"Bartlett, a historian specializing in eastern Europe, and Idriceanu, a philologist in Romania, explore historical, literary, and religious origins of some of the features now associated with the vampire legend, and trace the development of those features down the centuries through the evolution of themes and the changes in media. Among their topics are the vampire epidemics, landscapes of magic, the witch, the magus, the power of the mind, and the undead." - Reference & Research Book News

Library Journal
What truth lurks behind the bloody tales of the legendary vampire? Crusades historian Bartlett (The Crusades: An Illustrated History) and philologist Idriceanu explore various themes that relate to the depiction of vampires in myth, folklore, historical accounts, literature, and mass media. Motifs, including blood, eroticism, and Nature, are presented in a universal sense instead of within a historical-cultural context and rarely engage with the literature on the topic. Supporting evidence leaps from continent to continent, from ancient times to the present, and from fiction to myth in a jarring fashion, with quoted sources connected only marginally to vampires. Some chapters, such as that on the power of the mind, display new insights into our conception of these creatures, while others, such as that on the magus, cannot sustain the chosen topic. This book is sure to please vampire aficionados, but a tighter focus would have made it more appealing to a wider audience. Recommended for large public libraries.
—Dan Harms
School Library Journal

Adult/High School
In this readable and rich history of vampires, the authors draw on such diverse material as ancient Aztec, Egyptian, and Greek mythologies, religious symbolism, and modern art, literature, television, and movies. There is information here for every level of interest and knowledge base, and it is clear and well organized. Other than being interesting and informative in its own right, what makes this book a great choice for school libraries is its many eclectic citations, from Arthurian legend to J. K. Rowling. Readers whose enthusiasm led them from Buffy, Cirque du Freak, Anne Rice, or Bram Stoker to Legends of Blood are given a large number of options to choose from next.
—Dana Cobern-KullmanCopyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780275992927
Publisher:
Greenwood Publishing Group, Incorporated
Publication date:
10/30/2006
Pages:
232
Product dimensions:
6.30(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.10(d)

Meet the Author

Wayne Bartlett wrote Taming the Dragon, God Wills It!, A History of the Crusades, An Ungodly War: The Sack of Constantinople and the Fourth Crusade, and Assassins: Medieval Islam's Secret Sect. He is a management consultant, currently working in Romania.

Flavia Idriceanu is a philologist in Bucharest, Romania.

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