Title :

Bestiaries and their users in the Middle Ages

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Language :
English ;
Abstract :
Investigates the connection between changes in the organization and content of the text and illustrations of Latin bestiaries, and changes in the ways they were used. An analysis of the narrative of the Physiologus, the Greek text upon which all bestiaries ultimately rely, reveals it to be a structured treatise on virtue and vice. The changes and additions made to this in England in the 12th and 13th cs. continually acted to disrupt this structure, substituting for it one based on the organization of the natural world as recounted in the Genesis creation myth. An investigation into the centres of use of bestiaries in the Middle Ages, and their popularity among the different religious orders provides a geographical, temporal and institutional framework for these changes. The question of what kind of book the Physiologus had become is addressed by a study of the institutional context of the bestiaries : where they were shelved in monastic libraries, and the kinds of texts with which they were regularly bound. Studies of three cases of bestiary consumption provide examples of the new kinds of use to which the books could be put. Finally, looks into the question of narration, the ways in which the Physiologus and bestiaries based on it were read. This involves the study of verbal structures in the texts themselves, and the identification of clues pointing to public (oral), or private consumption. ;
Pagination/Size :
242 ; xiv, 242 p., [8] p. of pl.; 59 ill. (9 col.); 1 map ;
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French keywords :
Animal ; Bestiaire ; England (GBR) ; Enluminure ; Grande-Bretagne ; Iconographie ; Narration ; Texte ; 1100-1500 ;
Descriptors :
Animals ; Bestiaries ; England (GBR) ; Great Britain ; Iconography ; Manuscript illumination ; Narrative ; Text ; 1100-1500 ;
Document type :
Ouvrage ;
INIST identifier :
24993025 ;
ISBN 0750918535 ;
Provenance :
Bibliographie d'Histoire de l'Art ;
Publisher :
Stroud; Sutton; London; Courtauld Institute
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