Sunday, 28 June 2009

Did Valvasor believe in vampires?

That is a question posed by Irmgard Palladino and Maria Bidovec in their book Johann Weichard von Valvasor (1641-1693): Ein Protagonist der Wissenschaftsrevolution der Frühen Neuzeit - Leben, Werk und Nachlass (Böhlau, 2008). They say that in principle he did not believe in these things and tried to explain them causally wherever possible, but there were instances where he could not refute the evidence and consequently had to accept them.

In a note on vampires in Die Ehre des Herzogthums Crain, the authors remind us of the legacy Valvasor has in the canon of vampire literature and web sites: 'Man findet sie in englischer Übersetzung auch im internet, wo diverse Websiten Valvasor als Vampirforscher apostrophieren.'

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