The Medieval World of Nature: A Book of Essays

1st Edition

Joyce E. Salisbury

Routledge
July 12, 2019 Forthcoming
Reference - 280 Pages
ISBN 9780367187910 - CAT# K416933
Series: Routledge Library Editions: The Medieval World

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Summary

Originally published in 1993, The Medieval World of Nature looks at how the natural world was viewed by medieval society. The book presents the argument that the pragmatic medieval view of the natural world of animals and plants, existed simply to serve medieval society. It discusses the medieval concept of animals as food, labour, and sport and addresses how the biblical charge of assuming dominion over animals and plants, was rooted in the medieval sensibility of control. The book also looks at the idea of plants and animals as not only pragmatic, but as allegories within the medieval world, utilizing animals to draw morality tales, which were viewed with as much importance as scientific information. This book provides a unique and interesting look at the everyday medieval world.

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