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The Sources :

Paul Sébillot:
"Les Cimetières"
in: "Revue des Traditions Populaires", 1898

The Case:

"Dans la région des Pyrénées, un château aujourd'hui en ruines porte le nom de Château du Vampire. Il était habité par un jeune seigneur qui épousa une belle bergère. Celle-ci, la nuit de ses noces, au moment où elle commençait à s'endormir, vers minuit, entendit dans la cour un hennissement sourd et un hurlement sinistre ; elle feignit de dormir, et vit son mari, troublé et agité, s'approcher de la fenêtre en disant : « Je viens !je viens ! » Il sortit et il revint au bout de deux heures, glacé comme un cadavre. La même scène se produisit la seconde nuit ; et aussi la troisième; la jeune femme le suivit, et le vit entrer dans le cimetière, où il se glissa en compagnie d'un chien noir jusqu'à une tombe fraîchement remuée : elle vit son mari et le chien au bord de la fosse maintenant découverte, qui mangeaient un cadavre."

This more or less translates into the following:

"In the region of the Pyrénées, a castle, nowadays in ruins, has the name of Château du Vampire. There used to live a young aristocrat who had married a beautiful shepherd girl. This girl, on her wedding night, when she was about to fall asleep around midnight, heard outside in the courtyard a sinister howling. She pretended to sleep and saw her husband, troubled and excited, go to the window saying: "I'm coming, I'm coming !" He went out and returned 2 hours later, as cold as a corpse. The same happened the second night, and the third as well. The young woman followed him and saw him entering a cemetery, where, accompanied by a black dog, he went to a fresh grave. She then saw her husband and the dog at the open grave eating a corpse."

The Date:

Sadly - or should I say fortunately ? - no date is given.

The Place:

All we have been told by Sébillot is that the "Château du Vampire" is supposed to be somewhere in the Pyrénées, the mountain range that seperates France from Spain. However, in the meantime I have found another much larger version of the story in Ernest de Garay's "Les Légendes des Pyrénées" (1857). Here we learn that the Chateau du Vampire used to stand somewhere between Tardets and Oloron. Now Tardets is likely to be Tardets-Sorholus and Oloron most likely is Oloron-Sainte-Marie. These places can be found in the South of France, close to the Spanish border, and West of Lourdes.

Personal Comments:

I know, it's not a very likely story. And the end of it is not unlike that vampire story by Hoffmann. But this is France. And we don't have much material on French vampires. So I was happy to find and add this legend.

Possible Follow-Up:

Find Paul Sébillot's article in the "Revue des Traditions Populaires". Better still, try to find Ernest de Garay : "Les Légendes des Pyrénées" published by Michel Lévy Frères, Paris, 1857. It has a much larger version of the story.

© 2012 by Rob Brautigam - NL - Last changed 20 February 2012

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