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Werewolf Histories

  • Willem de Blécourt

Part of the Palgrave Historical Studies in Witchcraft and Magic book series (PHSWM)

About this book


Werewolf Histories is the first academic book in English to address European werewolf history and folklore from antiquity to the twentieth century. It covers the most important werewolf territories, ranging from Scandinavia to Germany, France and Italy, and from Croatia to Estonia.


Werewolves witchcraft magic folklore medieval history 20. Jahrhundert 20th century culture Europe France history methodology Tradition transformation

Editors and affiliations

  • Willem de Blécourt
    • 1
  1. 1.Meertens InstituteAmsterdamThe Netherlands

About the editors

Johannes Dillinger, Oxford Brookes University, UK Matteo Duni, Syracuse University in Florence, Italy Richard L. Gordon, University of Erfurt, Germany Merili Metsvahi, University of Tartu, Estonia Maja Pasari?, Institute of Ethnology and Folklore Research, Croatia Aleks Pluskowski, University of Reading, UK Rolf Schulte, University of Kiel, Germany Michèle Simonsen, University of Copenhagen, Denmark Christa Agnes Tuczay, University of Vienna, Austria Rita Voltmer, University of Trier, Germany

Bibliographic information


“Werewolf Histories is a fascinating look at the diversity of beliefs about werewolves, and a valuable reminder of the different contexts in which these beliefs occur. … Werewolf Histories is packed with fascinating analysis of an under-examined piece of folklore. It’s particularly compelling because of the way in which it looks at the phenomenon of werewolf belief from several different scholarly perspectives.” (James Holloway, Fortean Times, Vol. 335, December, 2015)

'The volume's aims, as outlined in de Blécourt's introductory essay, are met by the essays collected, particularly the stated intention to mark a 'transition from popular werewolf publications to academic historical perspectives'. The clear and nuanced historical perspectives presented certainly set the volume apart from the putative 'werewolf history' presented in the popular publications that are commonly cited in studies of contemporary literary and cinematic werewolves.' Hannah Priest, Swansea University, UK