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Good gothic horror style book about the history of werewolves in Europe
on May 12, 2017
Being a big werewolf fan, l felt this would be a good addition to my library. This is a wordy book written in older fashioned English, and could lose someone who isn't too passionate about the subject matter. But it is still very in-depth and informative on the origins of this phenomenon.
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. 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 biggest drawback in my opinion are all the quotes and paragraphs written in foreign languages, chiefly Latin, that are either left untranslated or explained at the end of the chapter in tiny footnotes. lt's kind of laborious to keep track of all the notes and look them up as you go. Otherwise it's a good read on one of my favourite topics.