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Mark Jenkinss engrossing history draws on the latest science, anthropological and archaeological research to explore the origins of vampire stories, providing gripping historic and folkloric context for the concept of immortal beings who defy death by feeding on the lifeblood of others. From the earliest whispers of eternal evil in ancient Mesopotamia, Greece, and Rome, vampire tales flourished through the centuries and around the globe, fueled by superstition, sexual mystery, fear of disease and death, and the nagging anxiety that demons lurk everywhere.

In Vampire Forensics, Mark Jenkins probes vampire legend to tease out the historical truths enshrined in the tales of terror: sherds of Persian pottery depicting blood-sucking demons; the amazing recent discovery by National Geographic archaeologist Matteo Borrini of a 16th-century Venetian grave of a plague victim and suspected vampire; and the Transylvanian castle of "Vlad the Impaler," whose bloodthirsty cruelty remains unsurpassed.

Jenkins navigates centuries of lore and legend, adding new chapters to the chronicle and weaving an irresistibly seductive blend of superstition, psychology, and science sure to engross everyone from Anne Rices countless readers to serious students of archaeology and mythology.

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Stories of immortal, night-crawling creatures who feed on victims' blood have frightened and entertained people worldwide since ancient times. In this book, historian Jenkins examines millennia of vampire legends to see what elements of truth (if any) lay behind them. While the author's recounting of folklore and history outweigh the scientific and forensic explanations that he provides for the persistence of vampire legends, this is nonetheless a very entertaining account of vampirism from ancient Persia through to the present day. The discussion of how the Black Plague and other diseases might be at the root of vampirism is alone worth the price of the book, and the excellent bibliography is especially welcome. Given the increased fascination with vampires since the 1990s, this book should have wide appeal. Annotation ©2010 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

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Jenkins's history draws on scientific, anthropological, and archaeological research to explore the origins of vampire stories, providing gripping historic and folkloric context for the concept of immortal beings who defy death by feeding on the lifeblood of others.

About the Author

Mark Jenkins is chief historian of the National Geographic Societys archives and co-author of High Adventure, an illustrated history of the Society.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781426206078
Author:
Jenkins, Mark Collin
Publisher:
National Geographic Society
Author:
Jenkins, Mark Collins
Subject:
Europe - General
Subject:
Occultism
Subject:
Folklore & Mythology
Subject:
Vampires
Subject:
Forensic sciences
Subject:
Folklore & Mythology - Folklore
Subject:
Mythology-Folklore and Storytelling
Copyright:
Publication Date:
20100231
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
15 BLACK and WHITE PHOTOGRAPHS
Pages:
256
Dimensions:
9.2 x 6.1 x 1.03 in 1.05 lb

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