Werewolves have been a popular subject in mythology, movies, and books for centuries. The concept of werewolves has been around for thousands of years, with the 1941 movie ‘The Wolf Man’ shaping many of our modern-day ideas about the creature. However, the history of werewolves dates back to ancient literature, including Greek mythology, where the term ‘lycanthropy’ originated. The werewolf trials were also a reality in Europe, similar to the witch trials, with many people being executed on charges of being werewolves.
Werewolf accusations were not uncommon in Europe in the 16th and 17th centuries, and some of the most famous werewolves from history include the Beast of Gévaudan, the Livonian Werewolf, the Wolf of Ansbach, the Werewolf of Allariz, and the Werewolf of Bedburg. These cases were often politically expedient, and some werewolf confessions were quite peculiar, leading to bizarre and macabre executions.