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Lecouteux, Claude

Overview
Works: 175 works in 659 publications in 9 languages and 6,699 library holdings
Genres: History  Romances  Dictionaries  Encyclopedias  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Sources  Folklore 
Roles: Author, Editor, Translator, Honoree, Thesis advisor, Other, 958, Interviewee, Author of introduction, Author of afterword, colophon, etc., Publishing director
Classifications: PT1679.W8, 133.14
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Most widely held works about Claude Lecouteux
 
Most widely held works by Claude Lecouteux
Witches, werewolves, and fairies : shapeshifters and astral doubles in the Middle Ages by Claude Lecouteux( Book )

36 editions published between 1992 and 2012 in 3 languages and held by 613 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 )

36 editions published between 1986 and 2009 in 4 languages and held by 361 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 )

26 editions published between 1993 and 2000 in French and held by 316 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 264 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 259 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 )

14 editions published between 1982 and 1997 in French and held by 229 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Chasses fantastiques et cohortes de la nuit au moyen age : ouvrage publie avec le concours du centre national du livre by Claude Lecouteux( Book )

18 editions published between 1995 and 2011 in 3 languages and held by 214 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Once upon a time a phenomenon existed in medieval Europe that continuously fueled local lore: during the long winter nights a strange and unknown troop could be heard passing outside over the land or through the air. Anyone caught by surprise in the open fields or depths of the woods would see a bizarre procession of demons, giants, hounds, ladies of the night, soldiers, and knights, some covered in blood and others carrying their heads beneath their arms. This was the Wild or Infernal Hunt, the host of the damned, the phantom army of the night--a theme that still inspires poets, writers, and painters to this day. Millennia older than Christianity, this pagan belief was employed by the church to spread their doctrine, with the shapeshifters' and giants of the pagan nightly processions becoming sinners led by demons seeking out unwary souls to add to their retinues. Myth or legend, it represents a belief that has deep roots in Europe, particularly Celtic and Scandinavian countries. The first scholar to fully examine this myth in each of its myriad forms, Claude Lecouteux strips away the Christian gloss and shows how the Wild Hunt was an integral part of the pagan worldview and the structure of their societies. Additionally, he looks at how secret societies of medieval Europe reenacted these ghostly processions through cult rituals culminating in masquerades and carnival-like cavalcades often associated with astral doubles, visions of the afterlife, belief in multiple souls, and prophecies of impending death. He reveals how the nearly infinite variations of this myth are a still living, evolving tradition that offers us a window into the world in which our ancestors lived
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 209 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
The tradition of household spirits : ancestral lore and practices by Claude Lecouteux( Book )

3 editions published in 2013 in English and held by 208 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Examines how the ancient customs of constructing and keeping a house formed a sacred bond between homes and their inhabitants
Encyclopedia of Norse and Germanic folklore, mythology, and magic by Claude Lecouteux( Book )

3 editions published in 2016 in English and held by 185 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
Les esprits et les morts by Claude Lecouteux( Book )

14 editions published between 1990 and 2011 in French and held by 177 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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

20 editions published between 1994 and 2015 in 3 languages and held by 167 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Au sein d'une nature sauvage, l'homme, exposé à d'invisibles périls, s'est longtemps éprouvé comme un intrus. Toute installation fut d'abord une conquête sur une présence surnaturelle le plus souvent menaçante. Claude Lecouteux retrouve dans les traditions populaires, les sagas et les récits, les traces d'une peur archaïque des innommables créatures qui hantent les espaces vierges. A l'origine de nombreux rites, il identifie la volonté de conjurer les dangers, de se rendre propice le génie et d'organiser, sur des sites précis, sa coexistence avec l'homme. Ainsi, il met au jour un antique respect de la nature qui rejoint nos préoccupations écologiques les plus actuelles
Au-delà du merveilleux : des croyances du Moyen âge by Claude Lecouteux( Book )

16 editions published between 1995 and 1996 in French and held by 166 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 151 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 âge : le moyen haut-allemand by Claude Lecouteux( Book )

13 editions published in 1996 in French and German and held by 135 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 127 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 127 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 122 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
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

A lapidary of sacred stones : their magical and medicinal powers based on the earliest sources by Claude Lecouteux( Book )

8 editions published between 2011 and 2012 in French and English and held by 100 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Drawing from a variety of ancient sources, including Arabic, Greek, Jewish, and European, provides a synthesis of all known lore for more than 800 stones
 
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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

Lecouteux, C.

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Geschichte der Gespenster und Wiedergänger im MittelalterThe secret history of vampires : their multiple forms and hidden purposesChasses fantastiques et cohortes de la nuit au moyen age : ouvrage publie avec le concours du centre national du livreThe secret history of poltergeists and haunted houses : from pagan folklore to modern manifestations