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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 ...more
Paperback, 216 pages
Published October 19th 2006 by Boydell Press (first published May 1st 1901)
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Meredith
Dec 06, 2016 Meredith rated it really liked it
I picked this book up because Adam Gidwitz said he used it while writing The Inquisitor's Tale, and I thought it sounded interesting. And it is! The stories are very interesting. It was cool to see how ghost stories have changed from then to now. Religious message ghost stories are very strange. Also, many of the stories are totally messed up. So yeah, the only problem was the historical notes. Good information, but the way they were written was as dry as stale toast.
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Aug 14, 2015 E.C. Ambrose rated it really liked it
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I discovered this book on the recommendation of a scholar who presented a paper about revenants (roaming dead) in Medieval England at this year's Kalamazoo Medieval Congress. Since this is a topic near to my heart, in more ways than one :-) I picked up a copy at the publisher's booth.

This book gives some great insight into the role of the supernatural in the lives of people around the turn of the first millennium, up to the 1300's. It is well-organized by topics including: Ghosts and Monks, Ghos
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Michael
Feb 05, 2016 Michael rated it liked it
An interesting compilation of ghost stories from medieval sources. The book is divided into four sections, based on who wrote the stories and the purposes they were written for. It includes miracula ("miracles"), wondrous tales told with a moral purpose, mirabilia ("marvels"), wondrous tales serving to provide diversion through theological or philosophical debate which the story sparks, stories from Scandinavian sources featuring draugar, or revenants, people who have corporeally returned from t ...more
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Jul 28, 2011 Esme Cowles rated it really liked it
Very dense, but insightful. Well organized to highlight the editor's focus on themes of ghost depiction very different from modern conceptions.
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