Introducing the Medieval Ass

Awdur(on): Kathryn L. Smithies

Iaith: Saesneg

Dosbarthiad(au): Hanes

Cyfres: Medieval Animals

  • Medi 2020 · 128tudalen · 198x129mm

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‘This lucid and informative book describes the role of the ass in the natural world, in the philosophical reflections and in the literature of the Middle Ages. By combining different scholarly perspectives, it pays an apt tribute to a dumb beast of burden that is also a symbol of true humility.’
-Emeritus Professor Paul Wackers, University of Utrecht

‘If the title seems to announce a narrow subject, Introducing The Medieval Ass offers a rich gallery of surprises from natural history to philosophy and literature. The cultural image of the ass proves to have a versatile history, which Smithies scrutinises in a well-researched, but easily readable study.’
-Professor Baudouin Van den Abeele, Université catholique de Louvain

Listen to Kathryn L. Smithies introduce her book on 'The Other Animals' Podcast 28 minutes in

'We always think of the ass being associated with the poor: it would carry packs and people, turned the millstones, pulled wagons… It was a working animal but every social class took advantage of the ass.'
- Click on the link to read the interview with Alicia Guerrero Yeste and Kathryn Smithies

Click on the link to listen to Kathryn Smithies discuss her book Introducing the Medieval Ass on History Extra Podcast


List of Illustrations
List of Abbreviations
Chapter 1: The Natural World of the Ass
Chapter 2: The Religious Ass
Chapter 3: The Scholastic Ass
Chapter 4: The Ass in Literature
Post-script: The Medieval Ass in the Post-Medieval Era.

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Kathryn L. Smithies

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