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Maps and Monsters in Medieval England

1st Edition

By Asa Simon Mittman


284 pages | 93 B/W Illus.

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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. This book sits at the crossroads of these two discourses (geography and monstrosity), treated separately in the established scholarship but inseparable in the minds of medieval authors and artists.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Medieval English Manuscripts, Maps and Monsters:

A User's Guide

Part One: Mapping the Outer Edges of the World

Chapter 1: Mythical Origins

Chapter 2: Mapping Identity

Chapter 3: The Monsters on the Edge

Part Two: The Marvels of the East over Three Centuries and a Millennium

Chapter 4: The Reality and Persistence of Monsters

Chapter 5: Containment and Consumption

Chapter 6: Monstrous Sin and Salvation

Part Three: Lexical Spaces as Battlegrounds

Chapter 7: Monstrous Nature

Chapter 8: The Monster Within

Chapter 9: Saints in the Margins

Conclusion: Dwelling in the Monster

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Studies in Medieval History and Culture

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
HISTORY / Medieval