Medieval Ghost Stories: An Anthology of Miracles, Marvels and Prodigies

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Strongly recommended. M R JAMES NEWSLETTER Stories of restless spirits returning from the afterlife are as old as storytelling. In medieval Europe ghosts, nightstalkers and unearthly visitors from parallel worlds had been in circulation since before the coming of Christianity. Here is a collection of ghostly encounters from medieval romances, monastic chronicles, sagas and heroic poetry. These tales bore a peculiar freight of spooks and spirituality which can still make the hair stand on end. Look at the story of...
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Overview

Strongly recommended. M R JAMES NEWSLETTER Stories of restless spirits returning from the afterlife are as old as storytelling. In medieval Europe ghosts, nightstalkers and unearthly visitors from parallel worlds had been in circulation since before the coming of Christianity. Here is a collection of ghostly encounters from medieval romances, monastic chronicles, sagas and heroic poetry. These tales bore a peculiar freight of spooks and spirituality which can still make the hair stand on end. Look at the story of Richard Rowntree's stillborn child, glimpsed by his father tangled in swaddling clothes on the road to Santiago, or the sly habits of water sprites resting as golden rings on the surface of the river, just out of reach. The writer and broadcaster Andrew Joynes brings together a vivid selection of these tales, with a thoughtful commentary that puts them in context and lays bare the layers of meaning in them.
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(Revied together with 'Medieval Comic Tales') Both make a delightful contribution to our understanding and mapping of those mental landscapes. They also allowed me to see the physical medieval landscape differently, reminding me that in the medieval period it had supernatural and metaphorical dimensions. In these tales a wide range of medieval people come to life. FINDS RESEARCH GROUP NEWSLETTER
A collection of stories that have stood the test of time. HISTORY MAGAZINE (US)(An) excellent compendium of medieval folklore. FORTEAN TIMESTruly ... a landmark work. This impeccably researched and very readable book should appeal to a wide audience. MEDIEVAL REVIEWEvery reader is sure to find something new and many readers may find something to treasure in this sprightly anthology. ARTHURIANAStrongly recommended. A convenient compendium indeed! MR JAMES NEWSLETTERAssembles dozens of ghostly tales from an impressive array of original sources ranging from Iceland to Florence. BBC HISTORY
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781843832690
  • Publisher: Boydell & Brewer, Limited
  • Publication date: 10/19/2006
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 230
  • Sales rank: 768,488
  • Product dimensions: 5.06 (w) x 7.81 (h) x 0.49 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface

Part 1 Ghosts And Monks

Introduction 3

The Spirit of Paschasius the Deacon 9

The Bathkeeper 10

The Visions of Tortgith 13

The Mission to Germany 14

The Ghostly Gatherings 17

The Domain of the Dead 18

The Groaning Ghosts 19

Wulferius and the Ghostly Martyrs 22

A Demonic Visitor 23

An Army of Wraiths 24

The Burning Spear 26

Herveus and his Debtor 28

The Crying Child 33

The Apparition of Bernard le Gros 37

The Apparitions in Spain 39

The Ghostly Chapter Meeting 44

The White Lady of Stamheim 48

The Spectre's Warning 49

The Load of Earth 49

The Incestuous Ghost 50

The Gift of Snakes and Toads 51

The Devilish Tormentor 51

The Shoes of the Hunted Woman 52

Whispers in the Choir 53

The Brimstone Potion 54

The Hair that Turned to Gold 55

Part 2 Ghosts and the Court

Introduction 61

The Priest Walchelin and Hellequin's hunt 66

The Dark Hunters of Peterborough 75

The Witch of Berkeley 78

The Jealous Venus 80

The Two Clerks of Nantes 83

The Tale of King Herla 87

A Lady of the Lake 90

The Wife of Edric Wilde 91

The Sons of the Dead Woman 93

The Demon at the Cradle 94

King Arthur and the Butterfly Bishop 97

The Fight with the Ghostly Army 100

Dreams and Portents 100

Eel Pie 104

The Figure by the River-Pool 105

The Child Tumbled from the Cradle 106

The Cemetery of Aliscamps 107

The Flying Mortar 109

The Ghost of Beaucaire 110

The Hand of Ryneke 116

Part 3 The Restless Dead

Introduction 121

Grendel the Nightstalker 127

The Defeat of Grendel 128

The Burial of the Foster-Brothers 132

The Buckinghamshire Ghost 135

The Berwick Ghost 136

The Hound's Priest 137

The Ghost of Anant139

Hrapp's Ghost 143

The Ghost in the Doorway 145

The Ghost of Thorolf Halt-Foot 148

Thorgunna's Supper 150

Deaths at Frodis-water 153

The Companies of the Dead 154

The Ghosts on Trial 156

The Tomb of Kar the Old 159

Glam the Shepherd 160

The Fight with Clam's Ghost 162

The Basket of Beans 167

The Haunting of Snowball 168

The Frightened Oxen 170

The Silver Spoons 171

The Howling Ghost 171

The Child of Richard Rowntree 172

The Sister of Adam de Lond 173

Part 4 Ghosts in Medieval Literature

Introduction 177

Bisclavret the Werewolf 183

The Vision of the Knight Lorois 189

The Ghost of Guinevere's Mother 195

The Phantom Knight of Wandlesbury 199

The Ghostly Butler 202

The Demons' Castle 203

The Huntsman of Ravenna 207

Select Bibliography 213

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