Spooky things from the Middle Ages! 10 Youtube videos to give you a fright

For a little Halloween fun, we found these 10 videos posted to Youtube all about ghosts, revenants and the undead from the Middle Ages.

Halloween: What did peasants do during Medieval Halloween? (How superstitious were they?)

Jason Kingsley of Modern History TV on how did peasants in medieval times celebrate Halloween and what did it mean?


Haunted History: The Monk of Byland Abbey, Yorkshire

The Fear Channel offers this video based on the medieval accounts from Byland Abbey.

Draugr: The Undead Nordic Zombie

Emily Zarka tells us about the concept of medieval-era and older undead beings fighting and terrifying the living isn’t new; it’s a part of Nordic, particularly Icelandic, history. The Draugr Myth, popularized by games such as Skyrim and God of War, offers insight into the burial practices, religious beliefs, cultural attitudes, and gender roles of Vikings and other Nordic peoples.


This episode from JTRW covers the Japanese version of the ghost.

The Undead and Trolls in Norse Sagas (with Ármann Jakobsson)

Professor Ármann Jakobsson answers questions about the undead, trolls, and other paranormal beings in Norse mythology and sagas from Patreon supporters of Dr. Jackson Crawford.


Medieval Undead Armies

In this episode of The Medieval Warfare Podcast, Scott Bruce, author of The Penguin Book of the Undead, talks about some strange medieval tales, including a horde of dead soldiers roaming the countryside around Normandy.

A Medieval Ghost Story from Grettir’s Saga

Richard Nokes, aka Professor Awesome reads a medieval ghost story from Grettir’s Saga in which Grettir stays the night in a haunted house, is confronted by a horrifying draugr, and pays a terrible price.

The Revenant: Zombies of the 12th Century

Path To The Past offers this video talking about revenants, where reanimated corpses of sinners, rising from their graves to terrorize the community. But what dose the belief of this monster say about medieval society?

MR James: Ghost Writer

Mark Gatiss steps into the mind of MR James, the enigmatic English master of the medieval supernatural story. How did this donnish Victorian bachelor, conservative by nature and a devout Anglican, come to create tales that continue to chill readers more than a century on?


Dover Castle – England’s Most Haunted Castle?

It’s the end of the day at Dover Castle, and everyone has gone home – or have they? This video from English Hertage tells a story of Dover Castle’s turbulent past stretching back over 2,000 years. It’s no surprise that the castle is considered to be one of England’s most haunted. The atmospheric site in Kent has certainly produced a spine-tingling tale or two over the years, with some of the most chilling involving the apparition of a mysterious lady in red, and the tragic figure of a Napoleonic drummer boy.

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