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Holy and noble beasts : encounters with animals in medieval literature

Author: David Salter
Publisher: Woodbridge, Suffolk, UK ; Rochester, NY : D.S. Brewer, 2001.
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"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  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
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Salter, David, 1969-
Holy and noble beasts.
Woodbridge, Suffolk, UK ; Rochester, NY : D.S. Brewer, 2001
(OCoLC)606633810
Named Person: Alexander, the Great; Alexander, King of Macedonia; Alexander, the Great
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: David Salter
ISBN: 0859916243 9780859916240
OCLC Number: 46732382
Description: vii, 168 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Contents: I. Return to Paradise: Animals in the Lives of the Saints. 1. St. Jerome and the Lion. 2. The Patron Saint of Ecologists: St. Francis and the Wolf of Gubbio. 3. Dominion over Animals: The Taming of 'Brother Ass'. 4. Reading the Book of Nature: St. Francis, the Bible, and the Natural World --
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. 6. Sir Gowther. 7. Octavian. 8. Sir Orfeo --
III. Nature and Supernature: The Middle English Romances of Alexander the Great. 9. Alexander: Romance and History. 10. Alexander's Miraculous Conception and Birth. 11. The Wonders of the East. Conclusion: Representing Nature in Medieval Literature.
Responsibility: David Salter.

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"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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