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The Mark of the Beast: The Medieval Bestiary in Art, Life, and Literature / Edition 1

The Mark of the Beast: The Medieval Bestiary in Art, Life, and Literature / Edition 1

by Debra Hassig
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The medieval bestiary was a contribution to didactic religious literature, addressing concerns central to all walks of Christian and secular life. These essays analyze the bestiary from both literary and art historical perspectives, exploring issues including kinship, romance, sex, death, and the afterlife.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780415928946
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Publication date: 07/27/2000
Series: Garland Library of Medieval Literature Series
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 252
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.53(d)

About the Author

Debra Hassig Ph.D. is a Reader at the Institute of Advanced Studies in the Humanities at the University of Edinburgh

Table of Contents




Figures A-k

Part 1.Social Realities

The Lion, Bloodline, and Kinship Margaret Haist

Misericord Owls and Medieval Anti-Semitism Mariko Miyzkazi

Part 2. Mortal Lessons

Bestiary Lessons on Pride and Lust Carmen Brown

Sex and the Bestiaries Debbra Hassig

The Phoenix and the Resurrection Valerie Jones

Part 3. Classical Inheritances

Did Imaginary Animals Exist Pamela Gravestock

Classical Ideology in the Medieval Bestiary J. Holli Wheatcroft

Part 4. Reading Beasts

Taboos and the Noly on Bodley 764 Alison Syme

Silences' Beasts Michelle Bolduc

Appendix: List of Bestiary and Physiologus Manuscripts


Index of Creatures

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