Bestiaries were profoundly dynamic teaching tools in the Middle Ages. Compendiums of animals—both real and fantastic, wild and domestic—their purpose was to provide information about the natural world, to draw moral examples from animals’ behavior, and to reveal their mystical meaning. Each animal was viewed as having its own special significance—a reflection of how the Word of God was revealed in all creation. The animals present in medieval bestiaries were also placed in church architecture and iconography as visual representations of teachings. Each animal's multifaceted symbolism was a reminder of God’s presence, grace, and faithfulness.
This collection presents popular bestiary works in both their original languages and modern English translations. Companion volumes let you dive into the symbolism, tracing the history of bestiaries to their ancient origins, exploring the animals of mythology, and explicating the presence of animals in medieval architecture. Learning the rich vocabulary of animal symbolism provides insight into the cultural and spiritual traditions of the Middle Ages.
In the Logos editions, these volumes are enhanced by amazing functionality. Important terms link to dictionaries, encyclopedias, and a wealth of other resources in your digital library. Perform powerful searches to find exactly what you’re looking for. Take the discussion with you using tablet and mobile apps. With Logos, the most efficient and comprehensive research tools are in one place, so you get the most out of your study.
Continue exploring the medieval world with the Bloomsbury Academic Medieval Studies Collection (4 vols.).