Over a decade in the making, Medieval Folklore offers a wide-ranging guide to the lore of the Middle Agesfrom the mundane to the supernatural. Definitive and lively articles focus on the great tales and traditions of the age and includes information on daily and nightly customs and activities; religious beliefs of the pagan, Christian, Muslim, and Jew; key works of oral and written literature; traditional music and art; holidays and feasts; food and drink; and plants and animals, both real and fantastical.
While most books on medieval folklore focus primarily on the West, this unique volume brings together an eclectic range of experts to treat the subject from a global perspective. Especially remarkable are the surveys of the major medieval traditions including Arab-Islamic, Baltic, English, Finno-Ugric, French, Hispanic, Hungarian, Irish, Italian, Jewish, Scandinavian, Scottish, Slavic, and Welsh.
For anyone who has ever wanted a path through the tangle of Arthurian legends, or the real lowdown on St. Patrick, or the last word on wolf lorethis is the place to look.
A venerable assemblage of scholars illuminates the folklore of the medieval world and the generations that invented and sustained it.
Ulrich Marzolph Arab-Islamic
Thomas A. DuBois Baltic
John McNamara & Carl Lindahl English
Thomas A. DuBois Finno-Ugric
Francesca Canadé Sautman French
Samuel G. Armistead Hispanic
Éva Pócs Hungarian
Joseph Falaky Nagy Irish
Giuseppe C. Di Scipio Italian
Eli Yassif Jewish
Stephen A. Mitchell Scandinavian
John McNamara Scottish
Eve Levin Slavic
Elissa R. Henken & Brynley F. Roberts Welsh
|Publisher:||Oxford University Press, USA|
|Product dimensions:||9.20(w) x 6.10(h) x 1.50(d)|
About the Author
Carl Lindahl, author of books and articles on Chaucer, folk narrative, and festive custom, and John McNamara, who has produced many studies of the heroic and monastic lore of medieval England and Scotland, are Professors of English at the University of Houston. John Lindow is a professor at the University of California at Berkeley specializing in Scandinavian folklore and medieval studies.
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A very useful reference tool for studies of Medieval Studies. It's a great place to start research and branch out into more specific sources.
Book purchased in conjunction with AP required reading material. Wonderful reference book for the advanced reader.