Montague Summers discusses lycanthropy, and the fact that he believes it to be a mental illness separate from actual shapeshifting abilities. Summers is clearly not an objective observer, and his Christian bias is ever-present. Honestly it doesn't take anything away from the book though.
Montague Summers discusses lycanthropy, and the fact that he believes it to be a mental illness separate from actual shapeshifting abilities. The most famous cases surrounding the idea of werewolves are examined, as well as beliefs and customs from around the Old World, mostly Europe.
The results are very informative and beautifully written
The results are very informative and beautifully written. For some reason, he seems to believe in werewolves, which doesn't make much sense.
Written by a venerable author of occult studies, The Werewolf in Lore and Legend is the first definitive book on werewolfery and the remarkable successor to Montague Summers's popular work, The Vampire. Unsurpassed in its sheer scope and depth, it employs an extensive range of historical documentation and folklore from throughout Europe to powerfully portray the horror associated with belief in werewolves.
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Augustus Montague Summers (10 April 1880 – 10 August 1948) was an English author and clergyman. He is known primarily for his scholarly work on the English drama of the 17th century, as well as for his idiosyncratic studies on witches, vampires, and werewolves, in all of which he professed to believe. He was responsible for the first English translation, published in 1928, of the notorious 15th-century witch hunter's manual, the Malleus Maleficarum.
The Werewolf - In Greece, Italy, Spain, and Portugal (Fantasy and Horror Classics). The Malleus Maleficarum of Heinrich Kramer and James Sprenger. Victorian Ghost Stories. The Man and the Beast - The Legend of the Werewolf in Historical Documents and Fictional Literature (Fantasy and Horror Classics). The Worship Of The Witch. Malleus Maleficarum: The Witch Hammer (Hardcover). James Sprenger, Montague Summers, Heinrich Kramer. The Witch: Heretic And Anarchist.
Courier Corporation, Dec 1, 2003 - Social Science - 336 pages. Forget Lon Chaney and all that full moon nonsense. Summers's 1933 volume takes a hard look at werewolf legends throughout history. The first definitive work on werewolfery, this book was written by a venerable author of occult studies.
The Werewolf in Lore and Legend. The Complete Works of Geoffrey Chaucer : Notes to the Canterbury Tales, Volume V (Illustrated). Oracles of Nostradamus.