This is one of the wellknown related accounts by William Newburgh. It concerns a priest that neglected his religious duty and chose to live a sinful life [he liked to drink, especially in female company].
According to the chronicles, after his death, the priest arose from the dead and tried to gain access in the church where he used to hold the ceremonies. Since the gates of the abbey were closed at night, he went and visited one of his former mistresses. The woman were terrified when she woke up and found him at her side [since she knew he was dead] so she alerted the new priest and the authorities.
The town folk organized parties that would take turn to survey the grave at night and it didn`t take long before they witnessed the former priest leaving and heading to town to haunt his acquaintances.
William notes that he was struck with a war-axe and forced to return to his grave – where the ground covered him and left no trace, as if nothing ever happened.
At dawn the body was disinterred and the people were shocked to discover not only the marks left by the axe, but also that she coffin was filled with blood. The corpse was burnt and the ashes scattered in the wind.
Tale documented in “Historia Rerum Anglicarum” by William of Newburgh
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