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The Book of Werewolves Hardcover – 1 Jun 1977


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  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Nonsuch Publishing (1 Jun 1977)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1845885759
  • ISBN-13: 978-1845885755
  • Product Dimensions: 12.4 x 1 x 16.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 930,166 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The Rev. Sabine Baring-Gould (1834-1924) was an English Victorian hagiographer, antiquarian, novelist and eclectic scholar. His bibliography lists over 500 separate publications. His family home near Okehampton, Devon, Lewtrenchard Manor, has been successfully preserved as he rebuilt it and is today a hotel. He is particularly remembered as a writer of hymns, the best-known being Onward, Christian Soldiers and Now the Day Is Over, and the desk at which he wrote these hymns is still preserved at the hotel.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By K. Lavin on 25 Jan 2010
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This book is excellent and suitable for anyone who has an interest in the subject of werewolves or if you are researching it. The book was written during the nineteenth century when belief in werewolves in many remote communities in Europe was still fairly common place. The writer begins his book by recounting an experience of his own on a visit to a rural village in Italy in which a number of locals warn him not to venture out alone after sunset for they fear a large wolf is plaguing their village at night or a "loups garoux" as described by the author.In the following chapters, the author goes on to explain stories of werewolves in ancient mythology including Greek and Norse myths.He covers tales from around the world regarding cases of Lycanthropy and various beleifs about werewolves, also, how a person may be cured of his or her affliction. In a further chapter he goes on to explain the physcological reasons why people may believe themselves to be wolf people and the way in which most of us have it within ourselves to maim and kill and some members of society may harbour secret desires to inflict cruelty on others or small animals.This publication is also great as a general reference book on the origins of the legendary werewolf.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By The Green Man on 31 Mar 2012
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This must be the classic study of werewolves, written by a notable Victorian clergyman. It is also an excellent read. Baring-Gould has collected myths and legends from cultures all over the world, and all of them are fascinating. In fact, there's enough information here for a whole series of horror stories if anyone wanted to do a well researched werewolf story. Forgotten Books has done us all a real favour by reprinting this. If anyone wants to learn more about lycanthrope than the latest Hollywood offering, this is the book for them.

(To add a complete tangent, which Amazon can easily delete, Baring-Gould is the second most famous pupil to come out of my alma mater, the King's School Warwick. Both he and the most famous - one time Poet Laureate John Masefield - were only there briefly. None of us who completed our education there achieved their dizzy heights, which gives you some idea of what an illustrious establishment it is.)
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17 of 21 people found the following review helpful By sten.karsten@vartdal.net on 23 Sep 2000
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Written in 1895, this book still is a good referenece to the myths of werewolves. It covers myths from nearly all of Europe, mostly notably from east Europe, UK, France and Scandinavia.
Not only werewolves are covered, but many other transformations, most have in common the desire for human flesh. It contains lots of stories and many of these the author has commented upon.
If you are interested in werewolves and/or myths, this is a great book. One of the reasons being that this book was written at a time where this was not myths, many thought it was real. Many people was burnt because of this. It gives some insight in how people regarded these matters in that time(around 1800-1850).
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Henry George on 15 Feb 2011
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Baring Gould is an expert on legends and myths. He has done considerable research on the subject of werewolves and has come up with both a learned and an enjoyable work.

He quotes the legends at considerable length and attempts to identify the sources of the wide spread beliefs in men who turn into savage beasts, usually, but not always, wolves. He compares the beliefs in different countries and explains the reasons for the varations.

I have found this book most useful in a study of medieval folk-lore and the insight that this gives to medieval thinking.
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