Being an English Version of the Bodleian Library, Oxford M.S. Bodley 764 with All the Original Miniatures Reproduced in Facsimile

Author: N.A

Publisher: Boydell Press

ISBN: 9780851157535

Category: History

Page: 205

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A delightful translation of one of the finest, and most beautiful, examples of a medieval Bestiary.


A Medieval Book of Nature Lore

Author: N.A

Publisher: University of Chicago Press

ISBN: 9780226128719

Category: Science

Page: 144

View: 9591

One of the most popular and widely read books of the Middle Ages, Physiologus contains allegories of beasts, stones, and trees both real and imaginary, infused by their anonymous author with the spirit of Christian moral and mystical teaching. Accompanied by an introduction that explains the origins, history, and literary value of this curious text, this volume also reproduces twenty woodcuts from the 1587 version. Originally composed in the fourth century in Greek, and translated into dozens of versions through the centuries, Physiologus will delight readers with its ancient tales of ant-lions, centaurs, and hedgehogs—and their allegorical significance. “An elegant little book . . . still diverting to look at today. . . . The woodcuts reproduced from the 1587 Rome edition are alone worth the price of the book.”—Raymond A. Sokolov, New York Times Book Review

The Book of Beasts

Being a Translation from a Latin Bestiary of the Twelfth Century

Author: Terence Hanbury White

Publisher: UW-Madison Libraries Parallel Press

ISBN: 9781893311299

Category: Animals

Page: 296

View: 1112

White's The Bestiary: A Book of Beasts was the first and, for a time, the only English translation of a medieval bestiary. White provides an excellent appendix that explains how the creatures of the bestiary influenced the development of allegory and symbolism in art and literature.

The Junius Manuscript

Author: Caedmon

Publisher: Columbia University Press

ISBN: 9780231515955

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 247

View: 1862

The Junius Manuscript

Sea Monsters on Medieval and Renaissance Maps

Author: Chet Van Duzer

Publisher: British Library Board

ISBN: 9780712357715

Category: Art

Page: 144

View: 1952

From dragons and serpents to many-armed beasts that preyed on ships and sailors alike, sea monsters have terrified mariners across all ages and cultures and have become the subject of many tall tales from the sea. Accounts of these creatures have also inspired cartographers and mapmakers, many of whom began decorating their maps with them to indicate unexplored areas or areas about which little was known. Whether swimming vigorously, gamboling amid the waves, attacking ships, or simply displaying themselves for our appreciation, the sea monsters that appear on medieval and Renaissance maps are fascinating and visually engaging. Yet despite their appeal, these monsters have never received the scholarly attention that they deserve. In Sea Monsters on Medieval and Renaissance Maps, Chet Van Duzer analyzes the most important examples of sea monsters on medieval and Renaissance maps produced in Europe. Van Duzer begins with the earliest mappaemundi on which these monsters appear in the tenth century and continues to the end of the sixteenth century and, along the way, sheds important light on the sources, influences, and methods of the cartographers who drew or painted them. A beautifully designed visual reference work, Sea Monsters on Medieval and Renaissance Maps will be important not only in the history of cartography, art, and zoological illustration, but also in the history of the geography of the "marvelous" and of Western conceptions of the ocean.

Medieval Monsters

Author: Damien Kempf,Maria L. Gilbert

Publisher: British Library Board

ISBN: 9780712357906

Category: History

Page: 96

View: 923

From satyrs and sea creatures to griffins and dragons, monsters lay at the heart of the medieval world. Believed to dwell in exotic, remote areas, these inexplicable parts of God's creation aroused fear, curiosity and wonder in equal measure. Powerfully captured in the illustrations of manuscripts, such as bestiaries, travel books and devotional works, they continue to delight audiences today with their vitality and humour. Medieval Monsters shows how strange creatures sparked artists' imaginations to remarkable heights. Half-human hybrids of land and sea mingle with bewitching demons, blemmyae, cyclops and multi-headed beasts of nightmare and comic grotesques. Over 100 wondrous and terrifying images offer a fascinating insight into the medieval mind.


Factual & Fantastic

Author: Elizabeth Morrison

Publisher: Getty Publications

ISBN: 9780892368884

Category: Art

Page: 104

View: 3550

Beasts Factual and Fantastic is the first in the Medieval Imagination series of small, affordable books that will draw on manuscript illuminations from the Middle Ages and early Renaissance. Each volume will focus on a particular theme or subject as represented by medieval artists. Often, as in the case of the imaginary beasts that readers will encounter in this volume, artists depicted that which they did not see or know, but which was nonetheless shaped by the prevailing beliefs, fears, and rudimentary science of the time. In other cases, manuscript illuminators recorded what they indeed did see--which, centuries later, reveals much about the world in which they lived. This inaugural volume features vivid and charming details from the wealth of manuscripts in the collections of the J. Paul Getty Museum and the British Library, along with a lively text; together both word and image provide an accessible and delightful introduction to the imagination of the medieval world. Future volumes in this series will cover such topics as costumes, portraiture, and marginalia, among others.

Images in the Margins

Author: Margot McIlwain Nishimura

Publisher: Getty Publications

ISBN: 9780892369829

Category: Art

Page: 78

View: 7919

Images in the Margins is the third in the popular Medieval Imagination series of small, affordable books drawing on manuscript illumination in the collections of the J. Paul Getty Museum and the British Library. Each volume focuses on a particular theme and provides an accessible, delightful introduction to the imagination of the medieval world. An astonishing mix of mundane, playful, absurd, and monstrous beings are found in the borders of English, French, and Italian manuscripts from the Gothic era. Unpredictable, topical, often irreverent, like the New Yorker cartoons of today, marginalia were a source of satire, serious social observation, and amusement for medieval readers. Through enlarged, full-color details and a lively narrative, this volume brings these intimately scaled, fascinating images to a wider audience. It accompanies an exhibition on view at the J. Paul Getty Museum from September 1 through November 8, 2009.

The Book of Barely Imagined Beings

A 21st Century Bestiary

Author: Caspar Henderson

Publisher: University of Chicago Press

ISBN: 022604470X

Category: Nature

Page: 448

View: 734

From medieval bestiaries to Borges’s Book of Imaginary Beings, we’ve long been enchanted by extraordinary animals, be they terrifying three-headed dogs or asps impervious to a snake charmer’s song. But bestiaries are more than just zany zoology—they are artful attempts to convey broader beliefs about human beings and the natural order. Today, we no longer fear sea monsters or banshees. But from the infamous honey badger to the giant squid, animals continue to captivate us with the things they can do and the things they cannot, what we know about them and what we don’t. With The Book of Barely Imagined Beings, Caspar Henderson offers readers a fascinating, beautifully produced modern-day menagerie. But whereas medieval bestiaries were often based on folklore and myth, the creatures that abound in Henderson’s book—from the axolotl to the zebrafish—are, with one exception, very much with us, albeit sometimes in depleted numbers. The Book of Barely Imagined Beings transports readers to a world of real creatures that seem as if they should be made up—that are somehow more astonishing than anything we might have imagined. The yeti crab, for example, uses its furry claws to farm the bacteria on which it feeds. The waterbear, meanwhile, is among nature’s “extreme survivors,” able to withstand a week unprotected in outer space. These and other strange and surprising species invite readers to reflect on what we value—or fail to value—and what we might change. A powerful combination of wit, cutting-edge natural history, and philosophical meditation, The Book of Barely Imagined Beings is an infectious and inspiring celebration of the sheer ingenuity and variety of life in a time of crisis and change.


An Illuminated Alphabet of Medieval Beasts

Author: Jonathan Hunt

Publisher: Simon & Schuster

ISBN: 9780689812460

Category: Juvenile Fiction

Page: 48

View: 3643

A collection of twenty-six medieval myths, stories, and legends, from amphisbaena to ziphius, is embellished with vivid illustrations, fascinating details, a pronunciation guide, maps, and a bibliography.

Building the Medieval World

Author: Christine Sciacca

Publisher: Getty Publications

ISBN: 1606060066

Category: Architecture

Page: 96

View: 1521

Introduction : architecture in medieval life -- Mirror of the medieval world -- The castle -- Church spaces -- Medieval cities, towns, and countryside -- Documenting historical buildings -- Medieval construction methods -- Focus : architecture inside and out -- Architecture in stories and symbols -- Architecture in scripture -- Architecture in medieval literature -- Saints and their architectural symbols -- The Virgin Mary and the church -- Focus : architecture takes center stage -- Architecture beyond buildings -- Architecture in the margins -- Triumphal arches and niches of honor -- Framing charts and texts -- Structuring compositions -- Focus : architecture abstracted

Medieval Pets

Author: Kathleen Walker-Meikle

Publisher: Boydell Press

ISBN: 1843837587

Category: History

Page: 179

View: 2184

An engaging and informative survey of medieval pet keeping which also examines their representation in art and literature.

Medieval Dogs

Author: Kathleen Walker-Meikle

Publisher: British Library Board

ISBN: 9780712358927

Category: History

Page: 89

View: 7965

Perhaps at no other time in Western history have animals played such a dominant role in the visual and literary arts as they did during the Middle Ages. Animals were prevalent and essential in all aspects of medieval life, and as a result, they were employed by artists for a variety of purposes: to illustrate saint's lives, populate farm scenes, act as characters in fables, and even crawl among the very letters forming the text. And while artists used a host of animals, both real and fantastic, for these purposes, one of the most popular animals was man's best friend. Dogs were as important to humans during the Middle Ages as they are today, and this new book celebrates that association through their appearance in medieval manuscripts. A follow-up book to Kathleen Walker-Meikle's Medieval Cats, published by the British Library in 2011, Medieval Dogs presents a wealth of dog imagery from a variety of medieval sources and is peppered with fascinating facts about the medieval view of dogs and many stories of people and their pets in the Middle Ages. Among the themes explored in the accompanying text are the roles of the medieval dog, dog breeds, dogs and saints, the names of dogs, canine faithfulness, veterinary care of dogs, dog feeding, the mourning of dogs and burial practices, and medieval poetry about dogs, with translations of some short poems included here. Medieval Dogs is sure to charm dog lovers and medievalists alike.

Master Richard's Bestiary of Love and Response

Author: Richard De Fournival,Jeanette Beer

Publisher: Purdue University Press

ISBN: 9781557531759

Category: Literary Collections

Page: 73

View: 6765

This affordable reprint edition of the beautifully illustrated translation of Richard de Fournival's Bestiary of Love and the anonymous Response makes this medieval examination of the nature of love accessible to students and the general reader.

Medieval Cats

Author: Kathleen Walker-Meikle

Publisher: British Library Board

ISBN: 9780712358187

Category: History

Page: 89

View: 6601

From ancient Egypt to the modern day, cats have been one of the most beloved pets. In fact, images of cats appear extensively in medieval manuscripts, where they are depicted as pets and mousers, appear in bestiaries and marginalia, and are even depicted in religious iconography. This delightful and informative gift book presents a wealth of cat imagery from a variety of medieval sources and is peppered with fascinating facts about the medieval view of cats and many stories of people and their pets in the Middle Ages. Among the amusing anecdotes are tales of cats having free rein of dining halls, prompting books of manners to admonish owners for petting cats while they sat on the dining table; instructions to anchoresses to not keep any animal as a pet except a cat; and examples of leases that also specify the number and age of a home's feline inhabitants.Sure to charm cat lovers and medievalists alike, Medieval Cats is a whimsical compendium of illustrations and tales.

The Grand Medieval Bestiary

Animals in Illuminated Manuscripts

Author: Christian Heck,Rémy Cordonnier

Publisher: Abbeville Press

ISBN: 9780789211279

Category: Art

Page: 619

View: 5423

"The Grand Medieval Bestiary: Animals in Illuminated Manuscripts is a splendid pageant of the animal kingdom as the Middle Ages saw it, illustrated with miniatures of every period and style, many never before published. Noted art historian Christian Heckexplains that the prevalence of animals in illuminated manuscripts reflects their importance in medieval thought, an importance due in part to the agricultural society of that age, in which a variety of species--and not just docile pets--were the daily companions of man. The main part of the book explores the complex and fascinating iconography of the individual creatures most frequently depicted by medieval miniaturists. It is arranged in the manner of a proper bestiary, with essays on one hundred animals alphabetized by their Latin names. The selection includes a number of creatures that would now be considered fantastic, including the griffin, the manticore, and of course the fabled unicorn, tamable only by a gentle maiden"--

Bestiaries and Their Users in the Middle Ages

Author: Ron Baxter

Publisher: Sutton Pub Limited


Category: Art

Page: 242

View: 8696

A glimpse at bestiaries. The author applies modern narrative theory to their texts and images to reveal the messages encoded in them. This book should be of interest to students of art history, mediaeval history, or mediaeval studies and to anyone fascinated by the mysteries of mediaeval art.

Medieval beasts

Author: Ann Payne

Publisher: N.A


Category: Social Science

Page: 96

View: 9809

The Beast Within

Animals in the Middle Ages

Author: Joyce Salisbury

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 113576431X

Category: History

Page: 224

View: 9293

Praise for the first edition: "...a brave and fascinating exploration of an area that has so far been rather neglected by both historical and literary critics. The Beast Within provides extremely valuable information on the legal and cultural background of the human-animal relationship..." -- Studies in the Age of Chaucer This important book offers a unique exploration of the use of and attitude towards animals from the 4th to the 14th centuries. The Beast Within explores the varying roles of animals as property, food and sexual objects, and the complex relationship that this created with the people and world around them. Joyce E. Salisbury takes an interdisciplinary approach to the subject, weaving a historical narrative that includes economic, legal, theological, literary and artistic sources. The book shows how by the end of the Middle Ages the lines between humans and animals had blurred completely, making us recognise the beast that lay within us all. This new edition has been brought right up to date with current scholarship, and includes a brand new chapter on animals on trial and animals as human companions, as well as expanded and updated discussions on fables and saints, and a new section on ‘bestial humans’. This important and provocative book remains a key work on the historical study of animals, as well as in the field of environmental history more generally, and also provides crucial context to ongoing debates on animal rights and the environment.

Monsters and Grotesques in Medieval Manuscripts

Author: Alixe Bovey

Publisher: University of Toronto Press

ISBN: 9780802085122

Category: Art

Page: 64

View: 5493

Images of monstrosities pervade art and culture in the Middle Ages, and for medieval people they must have been a tantalizing suggestion of unknown worlds and unthinkable dangers.