Medieval Bestiaries: Text, Image, Ideology (Res Monographs in Anthropology and Aesthetics)

Medieval Bestiaries: Text, Image, Ideology (Res Monographs in Anthropology and Aesthetics)

Debra Hassig


This research integrates the bestiary into the social background of paintings via an exam of twenty-eight manuscripts produced in England in the course of the 12th, 13th and early fourteenth centuries. The research of the reception of the bestiary by way of sorts of readers - spiritual and lay, female and male - hyperlinks chosen bestiary entries to express social political, financial and theological matters of importance on the time that the manuscripts have been produced and browse; particular realization is dedicated to bestiary characterisations of girls and Jews. the 1st finished research of textual content and photographs that takes either an iconographical and semiotic method of the imagery, this learn additionally takes into consideration the cultured measurement of those works. It demanding situations, additionally, the pervasive thesis that the bestiaries have been collections of normal texts and pictures meant for non secular contemplation. by means of tracing their altering features around the centuries and comparing them within the broader context of medieval highbrow historical past, bestiaries are proven to be a dynamic style.

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