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The grand medieval bestiary : animals in illuminated manuscripts / Christian Heck, Rémy Cordonnier
Bib ID 6382108
Format BookBook [text, volume]
Heck, Christian, 1949-
Uniform Title Bestiaire médiéval. English
Edition First edition. 
Description New York : Abbeville Press, 2012 
619 pages : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 39 cm 
ISBN 9780789211279

"The Grand Medieval Bestiary: Animals in Illuminated Manuscripts is a splendid pageant of the animal kingdom as the Middle Ages saw it, illustrated with miniatures of every period and style, many never before published. Noted art historian Christian Heck explains that the prevalence of animals in illuminated manuscripts reflects their importance in medieval thought, an importance due in part to the agricultural society of that age, in which a variety of species--and not just docile pets--were the daily companions of man. The main part of the book explores the complex and fascinating iconography of the individual creatures most frequently depicted by medieval miniaturists. It is arranged in the manner of a proper bestiary, with essays on one hundred animals alphabetized by their Latin names. The selection includes a number of creatures that would now be considered fantastic, including the griffin, the manticore, and of course the fabled unicorn, tamable only by a gentle maiden"--

Full contents
  • Man and animal in the medieval world. Poetry, symbols, and presence in the world ; A venerable companionship, ceaselessly reinvented ; Lost paradises, battles, and reconciliations ; A geography of the cosmos : observation and myth ; Hierarchies and contraventions, reason and unreason ; A community of creatures
  • One hundred beasts. The ant and the antlion ; The antelope ; The ass, the mule, and the onager ; The basilisk ; The bat ; The bear ; The beaver ; The bee ; The blackbird ; The boar and the pig ; The bonnacon ; Bovines : the bull, the ox, the cow, and the calf ; The butterfly ; The caladrius ; The camel and the dromedary ; The cat ; The centaur ; The cinnamon bird ; The cock and the hen ; The coot ; The crane ; The crocodile ; The crow, the magpie, and the jay ; Crustaceans ; The dog ; The dolphin ; The dove, the pigeon, and the turtledove ; The dragon ; The duck ; The eagle ; The eel and the lamprey ; The elephant ; The ercinee bird or the waxwing ; The falcon and the goshawk ; Fishes ; The fly ; The fox ; The frog and the toad ; The giraffe ; The goose ; The griffin ; The halcyon ; The hedgehog and the porcupine ; The heron ; The hoopoe ; The horse ; The hydra ; The hyena , the leucrota, the crocotta, and the lycaon ; The ibex ; The ibis ; The kite ; The lark ; The lion ; The locust ; The lynx ; The manticore ; The mole ; The monkey ; The mouse ; The nightingale ; The ostrich ; The otter ; The owl and the nycticorax ; The panther ; The parandus and the yale ; The pard and the leopard ; The parrot ; The partridge ; The peacock ; The pelican ; The phoenix ; The quail ; The rabbit and the hare ; The raven ; The salamander ; The satyr and the wild man ; The scorpion ; The seahorse, the hippocampus, and the hippopotamus ; Serpents ; The serra ; Sheep : the ewe, the ram, and the lamb ; The she-goat, the he-goat, and the kid ; Shellfish and mollusks ; The siren ; The snail ; The sparrow and other songbirds ; The spider ; The squirrel ; The stag ; The stork ; The swallow ; The swan ; The tiger ; The tortoise ; The unicorn and the rhinoceros ; The vulture ; The weasel, the genet, and other small carnivores ; The whale ; The wolf ; The worm.

Includes bibliographical references and index.

Subjects Animals in art.  |  Animals, Mythical, in art.  |  Illumination of books and manuscripts, Medieval -- Themes, motives.
Other authors/contributors Cordonnier, Rémy


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