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Ghosts: A History of Phantoms, Ghouls & Other Spirits of the Dead
The ghost experience is a remarkable common one. Ghosts are seen or heard, or their presence is felt in almost every kind of place by almost every kind of person. They appear once, or regularly, with a purpose, or for no apparent reason. They may be friendly, hostile, or peculiar, and seen by one person or several. Most are recognisably human, but some are merely bright ...more
Hardcover, 224 pages
Published April 1st 2007 by Tempus
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One of the most sensible and interesting books about the supernatural that I have read in a very long time. Maxwell-Stuart takes the human need to believe in life after death (and thus ghosts and spirits) as his starting point and examines the way that these beliefs have changed and been adapted over the course of history. This volume works as a good basic introduction to the subject, and achieves in its aim of generally placing supernatural beliefs in their wider historical context, but the ...more
Peter G. Maxwell-Stuart is a Research Fellow in the Department of History at the University of Aberdeen and an Honorary Lecturer in the Department of History in the University of St. Andrews.More about P.G. Maxwell-Stuart...