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The Beast Within : Animals in the Middle Ages - Joyce Salisbury

The Beast Within

Animals in the Middle Ages

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Praise for the first edition:

"...a brave and fascinating exploration of an area that has so far been rather neglected by both historical and literary critics. The Beast Within provides extremely valuable information on the legal and cultural background of the human-animal relationship..." -- Studies in the Age of Chaucer

This important book offers a unique exploration of the use of and attitude towards animals from the 4th to the 14th centuries.

The Beast Within explores the varying roles of animals as property, food and sexual objects, and the complex relationship that this created with the people and world around them. Joyce E. Salisbury takes an interdisciplinary approach to the subject, weaving a historical narrative that includes economic, legal, theological, literary and artistic sources. The book shows how by the end of the Middle Ages the lines between humans and animals had blurred completely, making us recognise the beast that lay within us all.

This new edition has been brought right up to date with current scholarship, and includes a brand new chapter on animals on trial and animals as human companions, as well as expanded and updated discussions on fables and saints, and a new section on `bestial humans'. This important and provocative book remains a key work on the historical study of animals, as well as in the field of environmental history more generally, and also provides crucial context to ongoing debates on animal rights and the environment.

List of figuresp. viii
Preface to the second editionp. ix
Introduction: What is an animal?p. 1
Animals as propertyp. 10
Animals as foodp. 34
Animal sexualityp. 61
Animals as human exemplarsp. 81
Animals as humansp. 108
Humans as animalsp. 121
Conclusion: What is a human?p. 146
Appendixp. 156
Notesp. 160
Bibliographyp. 185
Indexp. 200
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ISBN: 9780415780957
ISBN-10: 0415780950
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 216
Published: 22nd November 2010
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 15.9  x 1.27
Weight (kg): 0.39
Edition Number: 2
Edition Type: New edition