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Lecouteux, Claude

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Most widely held works by Claude Lecouteux
Witches, werewolves, and fairies : shapeshifters and astral doubles in the Middle Ages by Claude Lecouteux( Book )

37 editions published between 1992 and 2012 in 3 languages and held by 612 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Traces the roots of otherworldy beings, including witches, werewolves, and fairies, to a Western European belief system that predates Christianity
Geschichte der Gespenster und Wiedergänger im Mittelalter by Claude Lecouteux( Book )

35 editions published between 1986 and 2009 in 4 languages and held by 363 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Shows how the ghost stories of pagan times reveal the seamless union that exists between the world of the living and the afterlife
Les monstres dans la pensée médiévale européenne : essai de présentation by Claude Lecouteux( Book )

27 editions published between 1993 and 2000 in French and held by 325 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Mondes parallèles : l'univers des croyances du Moyen Age by Claude Lecouteux( Book )

18 editions published between 1994 and 2007 in French and held by 268 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The secret history of vampires : their multiple forms and hidden purposes by Claude Lecouteux( Book )

5 editions published in 2010 in English and held by 258 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The countless movies and books inspired by vampires who have a predilection for human blood are based on incidents recorded as fact in newspapers and judicial archives in the centuries preceding the works of Bram Stoker and other writers. Digging through these forgotten records, Claude Lecouteux unearths a very different figure of the vampire
Mélusine et le chevalier au cygne by Claude Lecouteux( Book )

15 editions published between 1982 and 1997 in French and held by 237 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Les nains et les elfes au Moyen Age by Claude Lecouteux( Book )

27 editions published between 1988 and 2013 in 4 languages and held by 212 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Spécialiste du Moyen Age, l'auteur a patiemment relevé les images, les situations et les usages gravitant autour de ces êtres
Encyclopedia of Norse and Germanic folklore, mythology, and magic by Claude Lecouteux( Book )

3 editions published in 2016 in English and held by 207 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The legends of the Norse and Germanic regions of Europe--spanning from Germany and Austria across Scandinavia to Iceland and England--include a broad range of mythical characters and places, from Odin and Thor, to berserkers and Valhalla, to the Valkyries and Krampus. In this encyclopedia, Claude Lecouteux explores the origins, connections, and tales behind many gods, goddesses, magical beings, rituals, folk customs, and mythical places of Norse and Germanic tradition. More than a reference to the Aesir and the Vanir pantheons, this encyclopedia draws upon a wealth of well-known and rare sources, such as the Poetic Edda, the Saga of Ynglingar by Snorri Sturluson, and The Deeds of the Danes by Saxo Grammaticus. Beyond the famous and infamous Norse gods and goddesses, Lecouteux also provides information on lesser-known figures from ancient Germanic pagan tradition, such as th Elf king, the Lorelei, the Perchten, land spirits, fairies, dwarves, trolls, goblins, bogeymen, giants, and many other beings who roam the wild, as well as lengthy articles on well-known figures and events such as Siegfried (Sigurd in Norse) and Ragnarök. The author describes the worship of the elements and trees, details many magical rituals, and shares wild folktales from ancient Europe, such as the strange adventure of Peter Schlemihl and the tale of the Cursed Huntsman. He also dispels the false beliefs that have arisen from the Nazi hijacking of Germanic mythology and from its longtime suppression by Christianity
The tradition of household spirits : ancestral lore and practices by Claude Lecouteux( Book )

3 editions published in 2013 in English and held by 202 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Examines how the ancient customs of constructing and keeping a house formed a sacred bond between homes and their inhabitants
Les esprits et les morts by Claude Lecouteux( Book )

15 editions published between 1990 and 2011 in French and held by 180 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Démons et génies du terroir au Moyen âge by Claude Lecouteux( Book )

21 editions published between 1994 and 2015 in 3 languages and held by 172 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

An exploration of the wild spirits that once roamed the lands and inhabited the waters and the pagan rites used to gain their good will Explores medieval stories and folk traditions of brownies, fairies, giants, dragons, will-o'-the-wisps, and demons Explains the specific rites performed to negotiate with the local spirits and ensure their permission before building on new land Shows how these beliefs carried through to modern times, especially in architecture Our pagan ancestors knew that every forest has brownies and fairies, every spring its lady, and every river malevolent beings in its depths. They told tales of giants in the hills, dragons in the lakes, marshes swarming with will-o'-the-wisps, and demons and wild folk in the mountains who enjoyed causing landslides, avalanches, and floods. They both feared and respected these entities, knowing the importance of appeasing them for safe travel and a prosperous homestead. Exploring medieval stories, folk traditions, spiritual place names, and pagan rituals of home building and site selection, Claude Lecouteux reveals the multitude of spirits and entities that once inhabited the land before modern civilization repressed them into desert solitude, impenetrable forests, and inaccessible mountains. He explains how, to our ancestors, enclosing a space was a sacred act. Specific rites had to be performed to negotiate with the local spirits and ensure proper placement and protection of a new building. These land spirits often became the household spirit, taking up residence in a new building in exchange for permission to build on their territory. Lecouteux explores Arthurian legends, folk tales, and mythology for evidence of the untamed spirits of the wilderness, such as giants, dragons, and demons, and examines the rites and ceremonies used to gain their good will. Lecouteux reveals how, despite outright Church suppression, belief in these spirits carried through to modern times and was a primary influence on architecture, an influence still visible in today's buildings. The author also shows how our ancestors' concern for respecting nature is increasingly relevant in today's world
Au-delà du merveilleux : des croyances du Moyen âge by Claude Lecouteux( Book )

14 editions published between 1995 and 1996 in French and held by 168 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The secret history of poltergeists and haunted houses : from pagan folklore to modern manifestations by Claude Lecouteux( Book )

3 editions published in 2012 in English and held by 149 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Exploring accounts of poltergeists from ancient Greece and Rome, medieval Europe, and the modern world, Claude Lecouteux finds that while our interpretations of poltergeists may change, the manifestations always follow a similar course and evolution."--Page 4 of cover
L'allemand du Moyen Age : le moyen haut-allemand by Claude Lecouteux( Book )

13 editions published in 1996 in French and German and held by 140 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Charmes, conjurations et bénédictions : lexique et formules by Claude Lecouteux( Book )

9 editions published in 1996 in French and held by 129 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

De rebus in Oriente mirabilibus : (lettre de Farasmanes) by Pharasmanes( Book )

14 editions published in 1979 in 4 languages and held by 128 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Wigalois, the knight of fortune's wheel by Wirnt( Book )

10 editions published between 2000 and 2005 in French and German, Middle High and held by 123 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Wirnt von Grafenberg's Arthurian romance Wigalois (c. 1210-20) tells the story of Sir Gawain's son, Wigalois, who comes to Arthur's castle in quest of his father and ultimately assumes dominion over the Kingdom of Korntin. The revised student edition includes the Middle High German text in the Kapteyn edition (1926), a New High German translation, textual commentary, an afterword, an index, and a selected bibliography
Chasses fantastiques et cohortes de la nuit au moyen age : ouvrage publie avec le concours du centre national du livre by Claude Lecouteux( Book )

11 editions published between 1995 and 1999 in French and held by 122 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Kleine Texte zur Alexandersage : mit einem Anhang: Prestre Jean by Claude Lecouteux( Book )

10 editions published in 1984 in 4 languages and held by 112 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Dictionary of ancient magic words and spells : from Abraxas to Zoar by Claude Lecouteux( Book )

7 editions published between 2014 and 2015 in French and English and held by 102 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

From Abracadabra to the now famous spells of the Harry Potter series, magic words are no longer confined to the practices of pagans, alchemists, witches, and occultists. They have become part of the popular imagination of the Western world. Passed down from ancient Babylon, Egypt, and Greece, these words and the rituals surrounding them have survived through the millenia because they work. And as scholar Claude Lecouteux reveals, often the more impenetrable they seem, the more effective they are
 
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Witches, werewolves, and fairies : shapeshifters and astral doubles in the Middle Ages
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Claude Lecouteux French historian

Claude Lecouteux historiador francés

Claude Lecouteux historien français

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Geschichte der Gespenster und Wiedergänger im MittelalterThe secret history of vampires : their multiple forms and hidden purposesThe secret history of poltergeists and haunted houses : from pagan folklore to modern manifestations