Claude Lecouteux

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Claude Lecouteux (born 8 February 1943) is a French historian who specialises in the study of Europe during the Middle Ages. He is Professor emeritus at the Paris-Sorbonne University (Paris IV), chair of German civilization and Literature of the Middle Ages. The author of several books, Lecouteux's work has focused on the study of popular beliefs regarding supernatural entities in the Middle Ages, arguing that many of them had their origins in pre-Christian beliefs. His domain of research : Magic, Mythology, folk tales.

Lecouteux has taught at the University of Caen, where he had the chair of Germanic languages and literatures. He was Director of the Review La grande Oreille, arts de l’oralité.

Select bibliography[edit]

  • The Melusinian Motiv in German mediaeval Literature (doctoral thesis, 1980)

Books[edit]

Title Year Publisher Translator
Witches, Werewolves and Fairies: Shapeshifters and Astral Doubles in the Middle Ages
(Fées, Sorcières et Loups-garous)
1992 (Fr),
2003 (En)
Éditions Imago (Paris),
Inner Traditions (Rochester, Vermont)
Clare Frock
The Return of the Dead: Ghosts, Ancestors and the Transparent Veil of the Pagan Mind
(Fantômes et Revenants au Moyen Age)
1996 (Fr),
2009 (En)
Éditions Imago (Paris),
Inner Traditions (Rochester, Vermont)
Jon E. Graham
The Secret History of Vampires: Their Multiple Forms and Hidden Purposes
(Histoire de Vampires: Autopsie d'un mythe)
1999 (Fr),
2010 (En)
Éditions Imago (Paris),
Inner Traditions (Rochester, Vermont)
Jon E. Graham
Phantom Armies of the Night: The Wild Hunt and Ghostly Processions of the Undead
(Chasses fantastiques et cohorts de la nuit au moyen age)
1999 (Fr),
2011 (En)
Éditions Imago (Paris),
Inner Traditions (Rochester, Vermont)
Jon E. Graham
The Secret History of Poltergeists and Haunted Houses: From Pagan Folklore to Modern Manifestations 2012 (En) Inner Traditions (Rochester, Vermont) Jon E. Graham
A Lapidary of Sacred Stones. Their Magical and Medicinal Powers Based on the Earliest Sources 2012 (En) Inner Traditions (Rochester, Vermont) Jon E. Graham
The Tradition of Household Spirits. Ancestral Lore and Practice
(La maison et ses génies: Croyances d'hier et d'aujourd'hui)
2000 (Fr),
2013 (En)
Éditions Imago (Paris),
Inner Traditions (Rochester, Vermont)
Jon E. Graham

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