The Penguin Book of the Undead by Scott G. Bruce

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Read The Penguin Book of the Undead Online Free - Since ancient times, accounts of supernatural activity have mystified us. Ghost stories as we know them did not develop until the late nineteenth century, but the restless dead haunted the premodern imagination in many forms, as recorded in historical narratives, theological texts, and personal letters. The Penguin Book of the Undead teems with roving hordes of dead warriors, corpses trailed by packs of barking dogs, moaning phantoms haunting deserted ruins, evil spirits emerging from burning carcasses in the form of crows, and zombies with pestilential breath.

Spanning from the Hebrew scriptures to the Roman Empire, the Scandinavian sagas to medieval Europe, the Protestant Reformation to the Renaissance, this beguiling array of accounts charts our relationship with spirits and apparitions, wraiths and demons over fifteen hundred years, showing the evolution in our thinking about the ability of dead souls to return to the realm of the living--and to warn us about what awaits us in the afterlife.

Title : The Penguin Book of the Undead
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ISBN : 0143107682
Edition Language : English
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 304 pages


Lee rated it ★★★☆☆

October 14, 2017

Although I'm no longer doing serious research, writing, or publishing in the scholarly terrordrome, I try to keep up with topics of interest from my former life and things that might be applicable to the courses that I still teach--Dante's Commedia, Medieval Italian lit., and Gothic lit. I've lon...

Nina rated it ★★★★★

June 25, 2017

Yes! YES!! Primary sources about walking revenants, disease-spreading ghouls and resentful ghosts, right back from classical times? What's not to love! This nifty volume has enough to interest anyone from the student of history to the devoted fan of popular culture, and is, of course, a super use...

Tiffany rated it ★★★☆☆

February 07, 2017

Too many of the samey kind of stories where it's ghosts coming back to haunt monks etc to ask for intercessory prayers like...once you have read a few of those they all start sounding the same. Needed more of the Norse ghosts which included one making an apparition of a seal just slowly appear th...

Erin rated it ★★★☆☆

December 21, 2017

While generally interesting, I found the large amount of Christian sources to be fairly uninteresting, just as a matter of personal taste. Unfortunately, Christian doctrine and storytelling had a large part in shaping the perception and history of ghosts and apparitions in the European, English-s...

Linton rated it ★★☆☆☆

May 27, 2017

The Penguin Book of the Undead is selection of works which presents many different accounts relating to abnormal and supernatural spectres that have risen from the dead. Most of these are ghosts which have risen for the dead for some purpose or another. That is what the collection is attempting t...

Lucy rated it ★★★☆☆

May 26, 2017

I read this as a potential teaching resource, and am looking forward to using it as such. It would fit nicely either in a medieval course (mine's "The Living and the Dead in Medieval Literature") or in a longitudinal survey of the supernatural, perhaps more selectively used. The readable translat...

Ray rated it ★★★☆☆

November 20, 2016

I love creepy books in the fall. This was not a creepy book. I thought it might explore the undead in literature, legends and folk tales - perhaps a bit of history of the origins of our modern zombies, vampires and ghouls. That's how it was promoted anyway. The introduction even explains that the...

Yvette rated it ★★☆☆☆

January 30, 2018

It's sooo church-y. The reader they had did a great job for the audiobook but I found myself zoning out pretty often once I realized it was another story of a monk or another case of "hey pray more oooooo". And zoning out during my commute is the opposite of what I want to do. Like I wasn't expect...

Moony rated it ★★★☆☆

October 14, 2017

The Penguin Book of the Undead provides the reader with fifteen hundred years of supernatural encounters. It's an interesting read at first, but soon grows tiresome as one discovers that most of the stories are actually the same. Someone (usually a priest or fellow religious man) sees a ghosts, a...

Hannah rated it ★★★☆☆

February 15, 2017

I learned a lot about the history of man's relationship with death and, more specifically, beliefs as they have evolved over time concerning what we've thought possible in the realm of the afterlife. Sometimes entertaining, sometimes rather slow, but all in all a great collection of historical re...

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