Medieval Beasts

By: Payne, Ann

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The manuscripts known as bestiaries are among the most attractive medieval books, containing depictions and descriptions of all manner of beasts some quite real, some imagined. Alongside the familiar beasts lion, tiger, leopard, antelope, goat are to be found the exotic and mythical unicorn, griffin, monoceros, yale, dragon, phoenix. In the bestiaries there is a story attached to each of them, and very often a moral to point as well; the compilers, in describing the animal kingdom, sought to draw a lesson from the good and the bad traits exhibited by each creature. The illustrators of the manuscripts meanwhile did their best to picture the beasts, many of which, real as well as mythical, they can never themselves have seen. Ann Payne follows the order of a traditional bestiary and describes each beast in a commentary which she has has derived from the original texts. The illustrations eighty of which as in full color are taken from nine different bestiaries in The British Library's collections. Added together in this way, the flavor of these delightful manuscripts is recreated, and we see the charming, sometimes naive, and often beautiful, way that the medieval artists depicted and tried to make sense of the living world.

Title: Medieval Beasts

Author Name: Payne, Ann

Categories: Art and Design,

Edition: First Edition

Publisher: New Amsterdam Books: 1998

ISBN Number: 1561310182

ISBN Number 13: 9781561310180

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition: Like New

Jacket Condition: like new Jacket

Seller ID: 156

Description: Crisp square red boards and clean perfect text block in as-new dustjacket. Unmarred and unimpeachable!

Keywords: history,