The Secret Middle Ages: Discovering the Real Medieval World

The Secret Middle Ages: Discovering the Real Medieval World

by Malcolm Jones

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Overview

Using humble artifacts and everyday objects from the medieval period, Malcolm Jones paints a compelling picture of life as envisaged by the ordinary man or woman.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780750938747
Publisher: Sutton Publishing
Publication date: 09/30/2004
Edition description: New

About the Author

MALCOLM JONES is Senior Lecturer in the Department of Language and Linguistics at the University of Sheffield.

Table of Contents

List of Illustrationsvi
Forewordxiv
Prefacexvii
Acknowledgementsxxii
Conventions and Abbreviationsxxv
1Love, Death and Biscuits1
2Magical Metal, Silly Saints and Risible Relics: the Art and Artefacts of Popular Religion13
3Licked into Shape: Animal Symbolism34
4Why Englishmen Have Tails: Race, Nationality and Monstrosity62
5Signs of Infamy: the Iconography of Humiliation and Insult76
6The Fool and the Attributes of Folly100
7Shoeing the Goose: Proverbs and Proverbial Follies121
8Nonsense, Pure and Applied144
9Narratives--Heroic and Not So Heroic171
10Hearts and Flowers and Parrots: the Iconography of Love196
11Who Wears the Trousers: Gender Relations226
12Wicked Willies with Wings: Sex and Sexuality248
13Tailpiece: the Uses of Scatology274
Conclusion295
Notes and References300
Index366

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