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The Secret History of Poltergeists and Haunted Houses: From Pagan Folklore to Modern Manifestations

3.61  ·  Rating details ·  41 ratings  ·  9 reviews
What poltergeist accounts through the ages reveal about our own worldviews

• Provides a wide array of case studies from ancient Greece and Rome to medieval Europe to the modern world

• Explores the relationship between poltergeists and troubled adolescence

• Looks beneath the Christian adulteration of pagan practices to reveal the hidden ancestral beliefs tied to polter
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Kindle Edition, 255 pages
Published April 26th 2012 by Inner Traditions
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stephanie suh
Apr 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
As someone who is keen on the stories of supernatural phenomena based on true events devoid of media-generated sensationalism, testimonies of mediums (or psychics), or narratives of parapsychologists, I was immediately hooked on The Secret History of Poltergeist and Haunted Houses by Claude Lecouteux, a former professor of medieval literature and civilization at the Sorbonne, upon reading the excerpts thereof : it’s a book worth being acclaimed as an unprecedented kind of literature in context o ...more
Claudia Loureiro
Jun 29, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dead-and-dying
An interesting, scholarly examination of the subject. The book doesn't come off as New Age gurgling, but rather a well-rounded foundation to understanding the subject of poltergeists. Very useful for anyone seeking information without the embellishment usually found in sensationalist writers seeking to cash in.
Lori Hvizda ward
Sep 11, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Ugh. Poorly written research paper. The cover was the best part and it quickly went downhill.
Monique Vopat
Not what I thought! Reads like a text book. Although someone did write a spell in Latin inside the book.
Frrobins
Sep 30, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I was expecting a nice, easy, slightly creepy read with an academic twist to get me into the Halloween spirit. Instead, somehow this was so cut and dry that it was on the verge of boring me to death. For instance, he spent 10 pages defining what a poltergeist is. This is a translation from French, and while it is a good translation in that it easily reads like English, it just wasn't interesting.

Further, it seemed as if the author had a difficult time narrowing in on what lens he wan
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Michael Schmicker
I'm very familiar with U.S. poltergeist cases, especially the investigations of Dr. William Roll. This book primarily focuses on European cases. Suggests that poltergeist experiences are an international, trans-cultural phenomenon with many commonalities in reported cases/experiences.
Dianna
Jan 26, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Well researched and carefully footnoted, and yet very readable. The author does an excellent job demonstrating how it is that these stories's interpretations evolve over time.
Elentarri
May 19, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Interesting and scholarly. :)
Katiem
Mar 12, 2014 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ghosty-stuff
Ugh, this thing reads like a textbook...hideously dull!
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Docteur en études germaniques, docteur en lettres, est médiéviste. Il a occupé la chaire de Langues, Littératures et civilisations germaniques à l'université de Caen de 1981 à 1992 avant d'être appelé à la Sorbonne (Paris IV) pour occuper celle de Littérature et Civilisation allemande du Moyen Âge jusqu'en octobre 2007. Ses axes de recherches sont: Les êtres de la mythologie populaire, Les croyanc ...more