Maps and Monsters in Medieval England

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Taylor & Francis, 2006 - History - 264 pages
"This study centers on issues of marginality and monstrosity in medieval England. In the middle ages, geography was viewed as divinely ordered, so Britain's location at the periphery of the inhabitable world caused anxiety among its inhabitants. Far from the world's holy center, the geographic margins were considered monstrous. Medieval geography, for centuries scorned as crude, is now the subject of several careful studies. Monsters have likewise been the subject of recent attention in the growing field of "monster studies," though few works situate these creatures firmly in their specific historical contexts."--pub website.
 

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Contents

Medieval English Manuscripts Maps and Monsters A Users Guide
1
Mapping the Outer Edges of the World
9
Chapter One Mythical Origins
11
Chapter Two Mapping Identity
27
Chapter Three The Monsters on the Edge
45
The Marvels of the East over Three Centuries and a Millennium
61
Chapter Four The Reality and Persistence of Monsters
63
Chapter Five Containment and Consumption
83
Chapter Seven Monstrous Nature
117
Chapter Eight The Monster Within
147
Chapter Nine Saints in the Margins
179
Dwelling in the Monster
203
Notes
211
Bibliography
247
Index
261
Back cover
273

Chapter Six Monstrous Sin and Salvation
107
Lexical Spaces as Battlegrounds
115

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