The Beast Within: Animals in the Middle Ages

1st Edition

Joyce E. Salisbury

Routledge
Published May 5, 1994
Reference - 256 Pages
ISBN 9780415907682 - CAT# RT808

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Summary

The Beast Within illustrates how, as property, food and sexual objects, animals in the middles ages had a distinct, and at times, odd relationship with the people and world around them. For example, animals viewed as property during the period shared in labor and increased their owners' status. However, these animals were regularly punished for the act owners were held responsible for the animals' behavior as well. When animals served as sexual objects for humans, much reflection, debate and even legislation was the result. Mythological and metaphoric animals also played important roles in the fables and religion of the day changing the views of humans about the beasts and themselves.

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