The Haunted is the first truly comprehensive social history of ghosts. Using fascinating and entertaining examples, Davies places the history of ghosts within their wider social and cultural context and examines why a belief in ghosts continues to be vibrant, socially relevant and historically illuminating.
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'A treasure trove of information and insight.' - Beyond Magazine
'...this is exactly what the world needs: a fresh, original and thorough analysis of the torrent of ghost stories that have been with us since probably the beginnings of language...As the book is both informative and enlightening, I've no hesitation in recommending it.' - Bob Rickard, Fortean Times
'A provocative and splendidly, comprehensively researched book.' - Laurie Taylor, Thinking Allowed, BBC Radio 4
'In his exhaustive, intelligent and impeccably researched new book, Owen Davies entertainingly delineates the sheer scope of the phenomenon - from medieval superstition to nineteenth-century spiritualism to the present-day abundance of psychics who haunt the murkier channels of digital television.' - Jon Barnes, Times Literary Supplement
'What is a ghost? Owen Davies suggests that no single definition can cover revenants, angels, devils, fairies, will-o'-the-wisps, or demonic cadavers. The context in which ghosts appear is influenced by contemporary philosophy, religion and science. So, the Reformation in England eradicated the worship of saints and reduced the relevance of angels, leaving ghosts 'the sole manifest representatives of the afterlife for most Anglicans'. Davies is no debunker: with the best rational will in this world (and in the next) he considers the phenomena from the Dark Ages to our own New Age.' - Iain Finlayson, The Times
'An admirable achievement.' - Peter Marshall, University of Warwick, UK
'A fascinating and authoritative cultural history, packed with illuminating stories.' - Malcolm Gaskill, University of East Anglia, UK
'Owen Davies has produced the most comprehensive, lively and perceptive cultural history of English ghosts ever written.' - Ronald Hutton, University of Bristol, UK
'I commend it as one of the best books I have read on the subject' - Peter Maxwell-Stuart, University of St Andrews
'This is a well-written and researched book that gives an interesting overview of the common beliefs about ghosts from the Middle Ages to the 18th century...Recommended.' - The Cauldron
'Davies packs his book with a wealth of detail and constantly referes to contemporary documents, but the wider scope makes for a more interesting read, with the reader able to follow various strands down through the years.' - Peter Tennant, Black Static No. 4
'Over the last few years scholars in the humanities have begun to take historical narratives featuring ghosts seriously and Davies makes a significant contribution to the emerging debates on the subject. In summing up the book I cannot better the view of P.G. Maxwell-Stuart given on the back of the dust jacket, "intelligent, fascinating and very readable.' - John Newton, Journal of the Society for Psychical Research
A lively and comprehensive history of ghosts from the medieval period to the present, placing the history of hauntings firmly within their wider social and cultural context.
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Descrizione libro Palgrave Macmillan, 2009. Paperback. Condizione libro: New. Codice libro della libreria P11023023710X