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The Resource Holy and noble beasts : encounters with animals in medieval literature, David Salter

Holy and noble beasts : encounters with animals in medieval literature, David Salter

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Holy and noble beasts : encounters with animals in medieval literature
Title
Holy and noble beasts
Title remainder
encounters with animals in medieval literature
Statement of responsibility
David Salter
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
"Because animals are neither wholly similar to, nor entirely different from, human beings, they have provided men and women with an endlessly fruitful point of departure from which to explore what it means to be human. The way in which human identity is inextricably bound up with the animal kingdom is particularly evident in medieval hagiography and romance (arguably the two most popular and prestigious genres of medieval literature), where the holiness of saints and the heroism of knights are frequently revealed through their miraculous encounters with wild beasts. Through an analysis of these literary sources, the book explores the broad range of attitudes towards animals and the natural world that were current in western Europe during the later middle ages. It argues that through their depictions of animals, medieval writers were not only able to reflect upon their own humanity, but were also able to explore the meaning of more abstract values and ideas (such as civility, sanctity and nobility) that were central to the culture of the time."--BOOK JACKET
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1969-
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Salter, David
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
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  • Christian literature, English (Middle)
  • Romances, English
  • Knights and knighthood in literature
  • Christian saints in literature
  • Animals in literature
  • English literature
  • Alexander
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Holy and noble beasts : encounters with animals in medieval literature, David Salter
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Contents
  • List of Illustrations
  • Acknowledgements
  • Abbreviations
  • Introduction.
  • p. 1
  • I.
  • Return to Paradise: Animals in the Lives of the Saints
  • 1.
  • St. Jerome and the Lion.
  • p. 11
  • 2.
  • Patron Saint of Ecologists: St. Francis and the Wolf of Gubbio.
  • p. 25
  • 3.
  • Dominion over Animals: The Taming of 'Brother Ass'.
  • p. 33
  • 4.
  • Reading the Book of Nature: St. Francis, the Bible, and the Natural World.
  • p. 39
  • II.
  • Knights and the Brute Creation: Nobility and Sanctity in Four Middle English Romances
  • 5.
  • Romance and Hagiography: The Vision of St. Eustace and Sir Isumbras.
  • p. 55
  • 6.
  • Sir Gowther.
  • p. 71
  • 7.
  • Octavian.
  • p. 82
  • 8.
  • Sir Orfeo.
  • p. 96
  • III.
  • Nature and Supernature: The Middle English Romances of Alexander the Great
  • 9.
  • Alexander: Romance and History.
  • p. 111
  • 10.
  • Alexander's Miraculous Conception and Birth.
  • p. 123
  • 11.
  • Wonders of the East.
  • p. 134
  • Conclusion: Representing Nature in Medieval Literature.
  • p. 147
  • Bibliography.
  • p. 150
  • Index.
  • p. 163
Control code
982001025980
Extent
vii, 168 p.
Isbn
9780859916240
Lccn
2001025980
Label
Holy and noble beasts : encounters with animals in medieval literature, David Salter
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Contents
  • List of Illustrations
  • Acknowledgements
  • Abbreviations
  • Introduction.
  • p. 1
  • I.
  • Return to Paradise: Animals in the Lives of the Saints
  • 1.
  • St. Jerome and the Lion.
  • p. 11
  • 2.
  • Patron Saint of Ecologists: St. Francis and the Wolf of Gubbio.
  • p. 25
  • 3.
  • Dominion over Animals: The Taming of 'Brother Ass'.
  • p. 33
  • 4.
  • Reading the Book of Nature: St. Francis, the Bible, and the Natural World.
  • p. 39
  • II.
  • Knights and the Brute Creation: Nobility and Sanctity in Four Middle English Romances
  • 5.
  • Romance and Hagiography: The Vision of St. Eustace and Sir Isumbras.
  • p. 55
  • 6.
  • Sir Gowther.
  • p. 71
  • 7.
  • Octavian.
  • p. 82
  • 8.
  • Sir Orfeo.
  • p. 96
  • III.
  • Nature and Supernature: The Middle English Romances of Alexander the Great
  • 9.
  • Alexander: Romance and History.
  • p. 111
  • 10.
  • Alexander's Miraculous Conception and Birth.
  • p. 123
  • 11.
  • Wonders of the East.
  • p. 134
  • Conclusion: Representing Nature in Medieval Literature.
  • p. 147
  • Bibliography.
  • p. 150
  • Index.
  • p. 163
Control code
982001025980
Extent
vii, 168 p.
Isbn
9780859916240
Lccn
2001025980

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