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5.0 out of 5 stars Both meticulous and exciting, 16 Nov 2011
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This review is from: The Haunted: A Social History of Ghosts (Paperback)
This is a serious academic account of ghost-lore in England, but Davies is also alive to the entertainment potential of the history of popular beliefs.

He knows his way around the existing sources, which allows him both to present the titillating and terrifying stories that haunted our forebears, but also to give the reader some idea of why records survive of particular hauntings, and what problems face the historian of popular culture when dealing with phenomena that were actively disapproved by religious and secular authorities.

This is both a highly informative survey (with a gentle argument about the continuing relevance of spirits in "modern" cultures) and a good read. There are some particularly engrossing tales of pranksters and bystanders mistaken for ghosts and killed... Chilling stuff.
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