Alnwick Castle, The Vampire of

Alnwick Castle, The Vampire of

(pop culture)

Among the famous case reports of real vampires were those of William of Newburgh, who, in the twelfth century, collected a variety of accounts of vampires in England. One incident that occurred in his lifetime concerned a man who served the Lord of Alnwick Castle. The man, who was himself known for his wicked ways, was further plagued by an unfaithful wife. Having hidden on the roof above his bed to see her actions for himself, he fell to the ground and died the next day.

Following his burial, the man was seen wandering through the town. People became afraid of encountering him and locked themselves in their houses after dark each day. During this time an epidemic of an unnamed disease broke out and a number of people died. The sickness was blamed on the “vampire.” Finally, on Palm Sunday, the local priest assembled a group of the more devout residents and some of the leading citizens who proceeded to the cemetery. They uncovered the body, which appeared gorged with blood that gushed forth when it was struck with a spade. Having decided that the body had fed off the blood of its many victims, it was dragged out of town and burned. Soon thereafter, the epidemic ended, and the town returned to normal.


Glut, Donald G. True Vampires of History. New York: H.C. Publishers, 1971. Rept. Rockville, MD: Sense of Wonder, 2004.

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