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Medieval Monsters : Terrors, Aliens, Wonders - Sherry C. M. Lindquist

Medieval Monsters

Terrors, Aliens, Wonders

Hardcover Published: 11th June 2018
ISBN: 9781911282181
Number Of Pages: 176

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Monsters possess transformative powers, rendering them at once profoundly dangerous and utterly fascinating. They play an important role throughout the history of Western civilization. Medieval Monsters explores the cultural importance and rich variety of monstrosities in the art of the Middle Ages, with examples drawn from the Morgan Library & Museum's renowned collection of illuminated manuscripts.

While presenting a lively array of strange beauties and frightful anomalies - demons and dragons, centaurs and unicorns, giants and grotesque hybrids - the authors reveal how monsters played a central role in medieval societies, and still inspire us to marvel today.

Book Features:

  • A great visual exploration of our enduring fascination with the fantasy world
  • Will appeal to all kinds of readers and resonate strongly with contemporary issues linked to alienation and otherness
  • Preface by award-winning fantasy fiction writer China MiEville argues for the enduring relevance of monsters in today's world
  • 100 colour images

About the Authors

Sherry C. M. Lindquist is associate professor of Art History at Western Illinois University.

Asa Simon Mittman is professor of Art History at California State University in Chico.

Industry Reviews

"Fantastic beasts and how to decipher them: Studying the Middle Ages through its monsters."--Prospero, The Economist
"The best medieval art book I've seen in a long time, and I highly recommend it to art-lovers, monster-lovers, and medievalists, alike."--Dani le Cybulskie, Medievalists.net

Director's Foreword by Colin B. Bailey

Preface by China Mieville

Introduction: Why Look At Monsters?

Terrors; Aliens; Wonders

Exhibition Checklist; Works Cited in Abbreviated Form

Guide to Further Reading



ISBN: 9781911282181
ISBN-10: 1911282182
Audience: General
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 176
Published: 11th June 2018
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 27.9 x 22.9  x 2.54
Weight (kg): 1.27

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