Vampire Forensics: Uncovering The Origins Of An Enduring Legend

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Vampire Forensics: Uncovering The Origins Of An Enduring Legend

by Mark Collins Jenkins

National Geographic Society | February 16, 2010 | Hardcover

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Mark Jenkins’s 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 Rice’s countless readers to serious students of archaeology and mythology.

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 256 pages, 9.2 × 6.1 × 1.03 in

Published: February 16, 2010

Publisher: National Geographic Society

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1426206070

ISBN - 13: 9781426206078

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Vampire Forensics: Uncovering The Origins Of An Enduring Legend

by Mark Collins Jenkins

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 256 pages, 9.2 × 6.1 × 1.03 in

Published: February 16, 2010

Publisher: National Geographic Society

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1426206070

ISBN - 13: 9781426206078

About the Book

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.

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Mark Jenkins’s 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 Rice’s countless readers to serious students of archaeology and mythology.

About the Author

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

Editorial Reviews

“A lively and entertaining survey of the historical and scientific materials relating to the natural phenomena that earlier centuries relentlessly misinterpreted as evidence for the undead.” –The Washington Post
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