A Cultural History of Animals in the Medieval Age

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Brigitte Resl
Bloomsbury Academic, Jun 15, 2009 - Social Science - 288 pages
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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 were also hunted for food and used in popular entertainments. At the same time, animals were kept as pets and used to display their owner's status, while medieval religion attributed complex symbolic meanings to animals.

As with all the volumes in the illustrated Cultural History of Animals, this volume presents an overview of the period and continues with essays on the position of animals in contemporary Symbolism, Hunting, Domestication, Sports and Entertainment, Science, Philosophy, and Art.

Volume 2 in the Cultural History of Animals edited by Linda Kalof and Brigitte Resl

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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 ... Read full review

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1 Lapdog
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2 Ram
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4 Saint George and the dragon
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Brigitte Resl is Professor of Medieval History at the University of Liverpool and is author of Understanding Animals, 1150-1350 and co-author of Writing Nature in the Early Middle Ages.

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