The Penguin Book of the Undead PDF ´ Book of MOBI

The Penguin Book of the Undead PDF ´ Book of  MOBI
  • Paperback
  • 304 pages
  • The Penguin Book of the Undead
  • Scott G. Bruce
  • English
  • 08 October 2018
  • 0143107682

The Penguin Book of the Undead❴Read❵ ➵ The Penguin Book of the Undead Author Scott G. Bruce – Essayreview.co.uk 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 im Since ancient times, accounts of supernatural Book of MOBI ò 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 The Penguin eBook ↠ 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 breathSpanning from the Hebrew scriptures to the Roman Empire, the Scandinavian sagas to medieval Europe, the Protestant Reformation to the Renaissance, this beguiling array Penguin Book of PDF Ê 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.


About the Author: Scott G. Bruce

Scott G Bruce is an historian Book of MOBI ò of religion and culture in the early and central Middle Ages c He teaches in the Department of History at the University of Colorado at Boulder, with a courtesy appointment in the Department of Classics His research interests include monasticism, hagiography and Latin poetry He is The Penguin eBook ↠ a specialist on the history of the abbey of Cluny His work has been funded by the Charlotte W Newcombe Foundation SGB is the author of Silence and Sign Language in Medieval Monasticism The Cluniac Tradition c Cambridge, and the editor of Ecologies and Economies in Medieval and Early Modern Europe Studies Penguin Book of PDF Ê in Environmental History for Richard C Hoffmann Leiden, His articles have appeared in Revue b n dictine, C teaux Commentarii cistercienses, The Journal of Medieval Latin, and Early Medieval Europe SGB is an enthusiastic participant in the Medieval Academy of America MAA He is recently served a two year term on the MAA Nominating Committee and is currently serving a three year term on the MAA AHA Program Committee SGB is Director of the University of Colorado s Center for Medieval and Early Modern Studies CMEMS for a three year term .


10 thoughts on “The Penguin Book of the Undead

  1. says:

    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 long been interested in Medieval Christian visionary literature my Ph.D dissertation posited that that tradition, muchthan the classical descensi of Odysseus and Aeneas, were the real models for the 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 long been interested in Medieval Christian visionary literature my Ph.D dissertation posited that that tradition, muchthan the classical descensi of Odysseus and Aeneas, were the real models for the Commedia and Purgatorial ghost stories, believing them ultimately to be the roots of the Victorian ghost story and certain other elements of eighteenth century Gothic literature.This anthology of translated mostly medieval Latin texts dealing with interactions between the world of the living and that of the dead was a welcome publication, then especially in my new lay life, in which I no longer have the time to wade through medieval Latin texts in the original The problem with this anthology, though, for me, was that in my studies I have seen less the interactions between the living and the dead andsuccinct literary traditions so, for me a scene of Catabasis or the descent into Hades, and a Purgatorial visitation are really quite different things and it somehow irked me to see them mashed together here This collection s super broad strokes both in terms of literary traditions genres and time from 700 BCE to 1600 in fewer than 300 pp just seemed too sketchy I would have much preferred anarrow focus, slightlydeveloped interpretation of the types of interactions with the dead presented and their effect on literary traditions, and at the risk of some repetition perhapstexts in each genre for comparison.I know, you just can t please everyone On the upside, I m glad to have a translation of Borontus Vision, as it was left out of Eileen Gardiner s collection Visions of Heaven and Hell Before Dante, I also enjoyed the ghostly tales which, up to now, I knew mainly from The Golden Legend oddly absent here but fine for me since I have the complete Ryan translation I also greatly appreciated the thoughtful analysis of Shakespeare s creation of Hamlet s father s ghost as an amalgam of the Protestant and Catholic attitudes toward specters and that really nice bit of critical interpretation, specifically, made me yearn for a bitcriticism digestion of the texts throughout and athorough tracing of what I call medieval Christian folklore and its effect upon later,self cosciously literary works of poetry and fiction.And a shout out to the great cover art by Anton Semenov Nice

  2. says:

    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 useful reference book for the writer of gloomy fiction.

  3. says:

    Too many of the samey kind of stories where it s ghosts coming back to haunt monks etc to ask for intercessory prayers likeonce you have read a few of those they all start sounding the same Neededof the Norse ghosts which included one making an apparition of a seal just slowly appear through the floorboards.Other highlights The lesbian ghost who went to hell because she actually did go to confession in life to confess all her sins but casually forgot to mention her Sinful Gay Deeds TM Too many of the samey kind of stories where it s ghosts coming back to haunt monks etc to ask for intercessory prayers likeonce you have read a few of those they all start sounding the same Neededof the Norse ghosts which included one making an apparition of a seal just slowly appear through the floorboards.Other highlights The lesbian ghost who went to hell because she actually did go to confession in life to confess all her sins but casually forgot to mention her Sinful Gay Deeds TM so that is what did her in BUT DON T WORRY The Queen of Heaven Mary HERSELF actually rescued her soul b c let s be real she knows what s up.A guy in ancient Greece bought a notably haunted house, waited up for this chain rattling ghost to appear then gave him The Hand told him to wait because he was in the middle of writing something.The petty ghost who went to the next town over from where he was laid to rest just so he could blow SPECIFICALLY on one woman s eye

  4. says:

    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 speaking world I d be muchinterested in reading about ghosts and ghouls found in other cultures and religions.

  5. says:

    I thought it was cool, but I love medieval studies and history.A lot of reviews I read were complaining about its Euro centered and mostly Christian focus, but I kinda feel like, get over it, that s what informs much of Western society Not long after I read this, I watched an episode of Expedition Unknown, where they are in Eastern Europe tracking down claims of vampires and looking at its origin They interviewed a Bulgarian guy that honestly could have come straight out of one of these mediev I thought it was cool, but I love medieval studies and history.A lot of reviews I read were complaining about its Euro centered and mostly Christian focus, but I kinda feel like, get over it, that s what informs much of Western society Not long after I read this, I watched an episode of Expedition Unknown, where they are in Eastern Europe tracking down claims of vampires and looking at its origin They interviewed a Bulgarian guy that honestly could have come straight out of one of these medieval tales He and his village friends not only believed some of the exact same things about people coming back from the dead, but they also practiced some of the same, or similar rituals Many other elements of these stories persist in American and other European cultures today, and possibly in other cultures Of course at times I rolled my eyes, but I thought it was a fascinating look into the origins and history of Western beliefs about death, and also how we have used these types of stories to give moral lessons sort of scaring people straight.The other thing this anthology maybe did not intend to show is how morally corrupt the practice of selling indulgences was, on the part of the Catholic Church, particularly the Monastery of Cluny It was a shockingly corrupt and hypocritical practice of telling people their dead loved ones were suffering in Hell or Purgatory, and that if you just paid the monks to say mass and perform other holy acts for them, that you could increase your own chance of going to Heaven as well as getting them in The sad thing is that these people were often illiterate and even so most couldn t have read Latin anyway, so it was easy for greedy or corrupt church leaders to make things up Worth the read, in my view

  6. says:

    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 to show for what reason ghosts appear rather than how the image of the undead has developed over time.A large issue with the texts provided is the lack of depth within the texts, usually being only aroun 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 to show for what reason ghosts appear rather than how the image of the undead has developed over time.A large issue with the texts provided is the lack of depth within the texts, usually being only around 5 or 6 pages if generous, which results in there not being a large amount of distinction between the numerous texts The stories are separated by categories ranging from The Ghosts of War to Haunting the Wings which contain around 2 to 3 stories The fact that there is such limited information within each text coupled with the abundance of works results in a sense of fatigue when reading due it seeming as though the same texts are being repeated but by differing authors Some of the stories certainly are both entertaining and informative on the topic of the undead, however a significant portion are merely iterative Stories that I recommend to read, ignoring the others, are Pliny Contemplates the Existence of GhostsA Mistress of the GravesSpeaking with the Dead in the Hebrew ScripturesA Ghost Upon the WatersDreaming of the DeadThe Discernment of the SaintsEvodius s Inquiry Going Forth from the Body, Who Are We Augustine s Rejection of GhostsPope Gregory the Great How Can the Living Help the Dead The Vision of BarontusA Lesbian GhostWarnings to the LivingThe Evil WelshmanTerror in TonnerreOf Ghostes and Spirites Walking by NyghtWhen Night Draws Swiftly Darkling OnThe Torments of Tantalus

  7. says:

    OMG, if there was ever an award for most deceptive description on the back cover of a book, this would win it The book allegedly 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 Instead of fun and chilling stories of the undead, you get bone dry historical and mostly religious texts spanning from the Dark Ages OMG, if there was ever an award for most deceptive description on the back cover of a book, this would win it The book allegedly 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 Instead of fun and chilling stories of the undead, you get bone dry historical and mostly religious texts spanning from the Dark Ages to the Protestant Reformation regarding apparitions and restless souls, most of which are written in a very matter of fact way It s like reading a religious historical textbook Complete waste of 17

  8. says:

    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, perhapsselectively used The readable translations would, I think, also be appreciated by fans of the mysterious and the macabre, the gothic and the ghostly I don t anticipate having much luck getting undergrads to read the apparatus, but it s usef 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, perhapsselectively used The readable translations would, I think, also be appreciated by fans of the mysterious and the macabre, the gothic and the ghostly I don t anticipate having much luck getting undergrads to read the apparatus, but it s useful, and Bruce s framing material should be appreciated by the student and the enthusiast alike

  9. says:

    Do you like cool books about the undead and other creepy stories Then this is not the book for you If you are into very dry, boring stories about the near death experience of medieval monks however then you ll be in hog heaven.

  10. says:

    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 popularity of these themes in modern pop culture is an ancient tradition So, when the book began with the undead and necromancy in the ancient world, I thought we were going in the right direction Thi 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 popularity of these themes in modern pop culture is an ancient tradition So, when the book began with the undead and necromancy in the ancient world, I thought we were going in the right direction This was not the case.The book is well written and interesting, but it draws from sacred writings mixing angels and demons with spiritual encounters There is nothing frightening about monks recounting miracles or mythological characters meeting gods Very light on culture or folktales that might illuminate the origins of today s popular undead manifestations Again, well written and scholarly, but wayoriented toward spiritual religious and less toward the creepy

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