Today, werewolves are primarily known through films: as humans who change into wolves under the influence of the full moon. Although this is a recent image, werewolves have a long, fragmented and discontinuous history. Werewolf Histories is the first academic book in English to address European werewolf history and folklore from antiquity to the twentieth century. On the basis of mostly new source material, varying from archaeological finds, demonological tracts, witchcraft trials, slander suits and nineteenth - and twentieth - century legends, its contributors cover the most important European werewolf territories, ranging from Scandinavia to Germany, France and Italy, and from Croatia to Estonia. Werewolf Histories calls for a more sophisticated, contextualised, and differentiated approach and hopes to be contagious enough to spawn more of its kind.
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An Introduction to Cluster
Wolves and WolfMen in the GraecoRoman
Into the Wild Old Norse Stories of Animal
Werewolves and Shape
The Judges Lore? The PoliticoReligious Concept
The Werewolf in the Popular Culture of Early Modern
The Shepherd of Wolves
Estonian Werewolf History
The Werewolf in NineteenthCentury Denmark
Werewolves in Some South
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