The Bear: History of a Fallen King

The Bear: History of a Fallen King


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ISBN-13: 9780674047822
Publisher: Harvard University Press
Publication date: 10/17/2011
Edition description: Translatio
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 1,143,801
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.20(h) x 1.30(d)

About the Author

Michel Pastoureau is a historian and Director of Studies at l'École pratique des hautes études (Sorbonne) and at l'École pratique des hautes études en sciences sociales.

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Matthew Senior

Pastoureau brings erudition and expertise to his subject as he traces how the bear was a venerated figure in pagan Europe, but dethroned as king of beasts by Christianity. He makes an important contribution by providing a long history of the bear, an animal whose symbolic importance is unknown by many. Readers will be treated to an elegant review of medieval history and theology, as well as informed discussions about the art on cave walls, the boundary between humans and animals in Greek myth, the philosophical foundations of natural history from Aristotle to Buffon, and a wealth of information about popular culture during the Middle Ages and Renaissance.
Matthew Senior, Oberlin College

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