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An environmental history of the Middle Ages : the crucible of nature

Author: John Aberth
Publisher: London ; New York : Routledge, 2013.
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"The Middle Ages was a critical and formative time for Western approaches to our natural surroundings. An Environmental History of the Middle Ages is a unique and unprecedented cultural survey of attitudes towards the environment during this period. Humankind's relationship with the environment shifted gradually over time from a predominantly adversarial approach to something more overtly collaborative, until a  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: John Aberth
ISBN: 9780415779456 0415779456 9780415779463 0415779464 9780203107690 0203107691
OCLC Number: 666242832
Notes: "Simultaneously published in the USA and Canada"--Title page verso.
Description: xvi, 326 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: Part I. Air, Water, Earth: In the beginning ... ; Worshipping the elements; The Medieval warm period; Harnessing the elements; Collaboration, or exploitation?; The little Ice Age; Earth, wind, and death; Environmental causes of the plague; Man-made pollution of the environment; The poison thesis; Weather magic --
Part II. Forest: Pre-Christian tree cults; Surviving wildwood at the start of the Middle Ages; The early Medieval woodland; An era of "great clearances"?; A brief history of the royal forest of England; The evidence of the eyre rolls; Managing the king's woods; Disafforestment and the rise of private woodland; The management of woods elsewhere; Shaping the idea of wilderness; A renaissance in regrowth of the forest? --
Part III. Beast: Animals on the farm: the early Middle Ages; Animals on the farm: the high and late Middle Ages; Animals as pets and companions; Animals of the hunt: origins of Medieval hunting; Animals of the hunt : deer and other game; Animals of the hunt: romance vs. reality; Animals of the hunt: falconry and fishing; Animals and disease; Animals on trial; Animals in the bed; Animals and magic.
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