A Medieval Book of Beasts

A Medieval Book of Beasts

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The bestiary - a book of animals, both real and mythical - is one of the most interesting and appealing medieval artefacts. The qSecond-familyq bestiary is the most important and frequently produced version (some 49 known manuscripts exist). Of English origin and predominantly English production, it boasts a spiritual text qmodernizedq to meet the needs of its time, and features exceptional illustrations. This study addresses the work's purpose and audience, challenging previous assumptions with direct evidence in the manuscripts themselves, linking their use to teachers at the elementary-school level, and exploring the art, the text, and the cultural context for the bestiary. It includes a critical edition and new English translation, and a catalogue raisonnAc of the manuscripts. Fully illustrated. WILLENE B. CLARK is Professor of Art History Emerita at Marlboro College, Vermont.... 401 Andre, ed., Isidorus, 179 n. 314, suggests the worm relates to the pathogen cysticercus cellulosae. The larval stage, taenia solium, inhabits pigs which, if eaten by man, causes cysticercosis; The Merck Veterinary Manual, 4th ed., 640.

Title:A Medieval Book of Beasts
Author: Willene B. Clark
Publisher:Boydell Press - 2006-01-01

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