Medieval Monsters

Medieval Monsters

by Damien Kempf, Maria Gilbert


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From satyrs and sea creatures to griffins and dragons, monsters lay at the heart of the medieval world. Believed to dwell in exotic, remote areas, these inexplicable parts of God's creation aroused fear, curiosity, and wonder in equal measure. Powerfully captured in the illustrations of manuscripts, such as bestiaries, travel books, and devotional works, they continue to delight audiences today with their vitality and humor. Medieval Monsters shows how strange creatures sparked artists’ imaginations to remarkable heights. Half-human hybrids of land and sea mingle with bewitching demons, blemmyae, cyclops, and multi-headed beasts of nightmare and comic grotesques. Over 100 wondrous and terrifying images offer a fascinating insight into the medieval mind.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780712357906
Publisher: British Library Publishing
Publication date: 06/15/2015
Pages: 96
Sales rank: 797,569
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.20(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

Damien Kempf is a medieval historian specializing in the study and interpretation of manuscripts. Maria L. Gilbert is senior writer and editor at the J. Paul Getty Museum.

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