William of Newburgh wrote of many encounters with Revenants, What we now know as the vampire. As a well respected historian of the 12th century Newburgh was often sent for to investigate paranormal activities. One of his accounts of the undead happened in the English county of Buckinghamshire. The tale is of a women’s recently deceased husband returning from the grave and laying on top of her at night, crushing her with his weight. He continued to bother the woman for several nights until she had her brothers sit with her one night to ward him off. The man then began to terrorize the other family members and neighbors for quite some time. It wasn’t until countless complaints to the clergy the bishop Hugh of Lincoln, who would later be sainted by the church of England, sent a written absolution to be placed on the dead man’s corpse that the villagers would find peace.
Another account that was recorded by Newburgh was of that of a bishop that worked for a noblewoman near Melrose Abbey in Scotland. The bishop preferred to spend his time on horseback, hunting with the hounds and ignored all of his religious duties during his life. Shortly after the cleric’s death, he began appearing at Melrose Abbey but his attempts to enter were thwarted by the sanctity of the grounds. Soon he would begin to appear in the chambers of the Noblewoman terrorizing her for many nights. The horrified Noblewoman sought out the help of a high ranking monk to put an end to the corpse’s nightly terrors. The monk stood gaurd over the grave until the corpse rose the next evening. The corpse attacked the monk as he rose, the monk retaliated with a few swings of and axe. The defeated corpse returned to his grave which opened up to receive him and then close around him. The following day a group of monks returned to the grave to exhume the body and burn it. When they recovered the body, they noticed with horror the slash marks of the axe and a growing pool of blood in the casket.
and so says William of Newburgh!