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April 29, 2010

Farewell Post!

I have had a blast writing and researching for this blog! The Land of Thieves and Ghosts serves as the final project for a class on vampire literature I am taking, and the project is due later today. So, sadly, I will no longer post updates to the blog after today. I hope reading this […]

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Arnold Paole

Arnold Paole (otherwise known as Arnold Paul) was the subject of one of the most famous 18th century vampire cases.  During the 18th century there was a “wave of vampire attacks” in central Europe.  This outbreak in vampire attacks caused a resurgence of revived interest in vampires in England and France in the early 19th […]

Filed by at April 29th, 2010 under Historical People
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April 26, 2010

Countess Elizabeth Bathory

Countess Elizabeth Bathory (or Erzsébet Báthory) is associated with vampirism due to her lust for killing young servant girls and then draining their blood, in which she bathed in order to retain her youthful beauty.  Elizabeth was born in 1560 and was the daughter of George and Anna Bathory.  It is frequently cited that Elizabeth […]

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April 17, 2010

Gypsy Legends on Vampires

Vampires have many ties to the gypsies of Europe.  Gypsies originated in India, not in Egypt, contrary to the etymology of the term gypsy.  Each tribe has slightly different legends that change over time, presumably because the stories are passed down orally.  Overall, it is believed by gypsies that when someone dies their soul hovers […]

Filed by at April 17th, 2010 under Legends/Folklore
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April 14, 2010

Take that, bloodsucker!

There are many items in folklore and legends concerning protection against vampires. Some of these items are religious in nature, but in this post I will focus on the “secular” items that are used to protect against the living dead. Garlic Garlic is a pungent herb and a member of the lily family. Garlic is […]

Filed by at April 14th, 2010 under Weapons Against Vampires
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