Why did commoners and kings in eleventh-century Germany keep seeing dead people? Why did a bunch of animated corpses decide to burn a priest alive? And why did a busy bishop write all this down?
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McLaughlin, Megan. Consorting with Saints: Prayer for the Dead in Early Medieval France. Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press, 1994.
Schmitt, Jean Claude. Ghosts in the Middle Ages: the Living and the Dead in Medieval Society. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1998.
Music: "Evening Melodrama" by Kevin MacLeod (www.incompetech.com)