Breaking and Shaping Beastly Bodies : Animals as Material Culture in the Middle Ages Paperback / softback
An important human trait is our inclination to develop complex relationships with numerous other species.
In the great majority of cases however, these mutualistic relationships involve a pair of species, whose co-evolution has been achieved through behavioural adaptation driving positive selection pressures. Humans go a step further, opportunistically and, it sometimes seems, almost arbitrarily elaborating relationships with many other species, whether through domestication, pet-keeping, taming for menageries, deifying, pest-control, conserving iconic species, or recruiting as mascots.
When we consider medieval attitudes to animals we are tackling a fundamentally human, and distinctly idiosyncratic, behavioural trait.
The sixteen papers presented here investigate animals from zoological, anthropological, artistic and economic perspectives, within the context of the medieval world.
- Format: Paperback / softback
- Pages: 240 pages
- Publisher: Oxbow Books
- Publication Date: 24/01/2007
- Category: Medieval European archaeology
- ISBN: 9781842172186
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