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A Cultural History of Animals in the Medieval Age
This volume investigates the changing roles of animals in medieval culture, economy and society in the period 1000 to 1400. The period saw significant changes in scientific and philosophical approaches to animals as well as their representation in art.
Animals were omnipresent in medieval everyday life. They had enormous importance for medieval agriculture and trade and
Hardcover, 288 pages
Published June 15th 2009 by Bloomsbury Academic
(first published April 1st 2009)
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Despite lacking the sophisticated approach to animals of critical animal studies, this anthology is to be commended for its superb annotations and learning. Its chapters on animals in sport and on domesticated animals are especially good, and none of the chapters is weak. It would have helped, however, had the editor had a tighter rein on her authors, as perhaps half the chapters devote large sections to Aristotle's influence in the later Middle Ages, and at least two chapters tell essentially t ...more
One of my favourite medieval reference books. The chapters are themed and each is full of meticulously researched, fascinating information. It's equally valuable for understanding the medieval mindset as well as animals' history.