How are medieval ghosts different from those that haunt contemporary society? Why has the belief in ghosts endured while other supernatural beings have been dismissed as hokum and hearsay? And what can ghosts and those haunted by them tell us about the societies experiencing them? The Haunted is the first truly comprehensive social history of ghosts, exploring their meaning and significance from the Middle Ages to the present day. Using fascinating and entertaining examples, The Haunted places the history of ghosts within their wider social and cultural context, and examines why a belief in ghosts continues to be vibrant, socially relevant and historically illuminating.