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The Mark of the Beast the Medieval Bestiary in Art, Life, and Literature

by Debra Hassig

  • ISBN: 9780815329527
  • ISBN10: 0815329520

The Mark of the Beast the Medieval Bestiary in Art, Life, and Literature

by Debra Hassig

  • List Price: $165.00
  • Binding: Hardcover
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publish date: 01/01/1999
  • ISBN: 9780815329527
  • ISBN10: 0815329520
Description: The medieval bestiary was the culmination of allegorical functions for animals, assembling stories and pictures of beasts and birds for purposes of moral instruction and courtly entertainment. Far from being accessible only to the religious and literate elite, bestiaries addressed concerns central to all walks of Christian and secular life.

In The Mark of the Beast, contributors employ both art historical and literary approaches to explore a variety of important issues treated in the bestiaries and in their forerunner, the Physiologus. These essays clearly demonstrate how bestiaries both address and develop some of the most important concerns of the Middle Ages -- from the Church, the monarchy, anti-Semitism, fantastic beasts, and Classical thought to romance, sex and death.

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