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The secret Middle Ages

Author: Malcolm Jones
Publisher: Westport, Conn. : Praeger, 2002.
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"Using the wealth of medieval art, much of it unseen or ignored by museums and art historians, Malcolm Jones paints a compelling picture of the visual environment of the great mass of ordinary people between 1200 and 1500. The picture that emerges is of a civilisation that is both like and unlike our own, one that teems with the richness of life and its contradictions. Unlike most studies of the medieval world, it  Read more...
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Jones, Malcolm, 1953-
Secret Middle Ages.
Westport, Conn. : Praeger, 2002
(OCoLC)623233410
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Malcolm Jones
ISBN: 0275979806 9780275979805 0750926856 9780750926850
OCLC Number: 51251578
Description: xxvi, 374 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 27 cm
Contents: Love, Death and Biscuits --
Magical Metal, Silly Saints and Risible Relics: the Art and Artefacts of Popular Religion --
Licked into Shape: Animal Symbolism --
Why Englishmen Have Tails: Race, Nationality and Monstrosity --
Signs of Infamy: the Iconography of Humiliation and Insult --
The Fool and the Attributes of Folly --
Shoeing the Goose: Proverbs and Proverbial Follies --
Nonsense, Pure and Applied --
Narratives --
Heroic and Not So Heroic --
Hearts and Flowers and Parrots: the Iconography of Love --
Who Wears the Trousers: Gender Relations --
Wicked Willies with Wings: Sex and Sexuality --
Tailpiece: the Uses of Scatology --
Conclusion.
Responsibility: Malcolm Jones.
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Using medieval art, much of it unseen or ignored by museums and art historians, this book paints a picture of life as imagined by the great mass of ordinary people between 1200 and 1500.  Read more...

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