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.
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 ContentsThe Lion, Bloodline, and Kingship, Margaret Haist * Misericord Owls and Medieval Anti-Semitism, Mariko Miyazako 8 Bestiary Lessons on Pride and Lust, Carmen Brown * Sex in the Bestiaries, Debra Hassig * The Phoenix and the Resurrection, Valerie Jones * Did Imaginary Animals Exist? Pamela Gravestock * Classical Ideology in the Medieval Bestiary, J. Holli Wheatcroft * Taboos and the Holy in Bodley 764, Alison Syme * Silence's Beasts, Michelle Bolduc