The Mark of the Beast Hardback

The Medieval Bestiary in Art, Life, and Literature

by Debra Hassig;

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The Mark of the Beast

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The medieval bestiary was the culmination and apogee of allegorical functions for animals, assembling stories and pictures of beasts and birds for purposes of moral instruction and courtly entertainment. It is indisputable that the bestiaries were an important medieval contribution to didactic religious literature. But far from comprising an isolated, specialist's genre available only to the religious and literate elite, bestiaries addressed concerns central to virtually all walks of Christian life. Art historical and literary essays with consistent emphasis on text and image analysis explore a variety of important issues treated both in the bestiaries and in their fore-runner, the "physiologus". These issues include the Church, the monarchy, anti-semitism, fantastic beasts, classical thought, romance, sex and death. Together, the essays clearly demonstrate how bestiaries both address and further develop some of the most important concerns of the Middle Ages, ultimately playing a significant role in the creation of their own cultural milieu.

The Mark of the Beast by Debra Hassig was published by Taylor & Francis Ltd in September 2000. The ISBN for The Mark of the Beast is 9780415928946.

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Page last updated 23rd July 2017
Author / Artist
Book FormatHardback
PublisherTaylor & Francis Ltd (September 2000)
Number of Pages252
Thickness13 mm
Height216 mm
Width140 mm
Product Code1192020
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