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Bestiaries are among the most interesting and varied books of the Middle Ages. Collections of illustrations depicting real and mythical animals and plants accompanied a text which can be traced back to the earliest centuries of the Christian era. Dr. Baxter, employing a completely fresh and comprehensive approach, has undertaken extensive new research into a large corpus of Bestiaries, applying modern narrative theory to their texts and images to reveal the messages encoded in themmessages which were systematically altered as Bestiaries were expanded and restructured. By applying the results of this analysis to medieval library records, he has been able to identify important centres of Bestiary use, and to present a radically different picture of what Bestiaries were to their medieval users.
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Bestiaries And Their Users In The Middle Ages
A glimpse at bestiaries. The author applies modern narrative theory to their texts and images to reveal the messages encoded in them. This book should be of interest to students of art history, mediaeval history, or mediaeval studies and to anyone fascinated by the mysteries of mediaeval art.
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- PublisherSutton Publishing Ltd
- Publication date1998
- ISBN 10 0750918535
- ISBN 13 9780750918534
- Edition number1
- Number of pages256