Librivox: The Book of Werewolves: Being an Account Of A Terrible Superstition by Sabine Baring-Gould

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LibriVoxWritten by the lyricist of “Onward, Christian Soldiers” I’m digging this newly completed audiobook, its chock full of scholarly research – it brings to mind many echoes of the Wendigo, with which I am already familiar.

On a lighter note, I’m no a church-going man, but it is my guess is that CHAPTER XVI, A SERMON ON WERE-WOLVES, hasn’t been used nearly enough in churches.

Finally, here’s the last page of the preface, the first few pages of which are missing and thus unscanned (it’s an interesting fragment not in the audiobook):

….unavoidable, without vastly extending its limits. The arrangement that I have followed will be found sketched out at the close of the introductory chapter. The chapter on a Galician cannibal has already appeared in print, in Once a Week.

I propose making this the first of a series on Popular Superstitions, to be followed by Treatises on Marine Monsters, as Mermaids and Sea-Serpents, Vampires, the Wild Huntsman, the Wandering Jew, &c.

The subject of this first instalment, though horrible, is nevertheless full of interest and importance as elucidating a very obscure and mysterious chapter in
the history of the Human Mind. When a form of superstition is prevalent everywhere, and in all ages, it must rest upon a foundation of fact; what that foundation actually is, I have, I hope, proved conclusively in the following pages.

LIBRIVOX - The Book Of Were-WolvesThe Book of Werewolves: Being an Account Of A Terrible Superstition
By Sabine Baring-Gould; Read by various
16 Zipped MP3 Files or Podcast – Approx. 5 Hours 42 Minutes [UNABRIDGED]
Published: March 15, 2011
A survey of the myths and legends concerning lycanthropy from ancient times to the Victorian Era.

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[Thanks also to Amy Gramour, ashleighjane, Lars Rolander, Amy Gramour and Nadine Eckert-Boulet]

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