Wolves and the Wilderness in the Middle Ages

Wolves and the Wilderness in the Middle Ages

Aleksander Pluskowski


The wolf, a standard metaphor for vice in medieval Christian literature, is this present day an iconic image of the serious worry and lack of confidence that a few go along with the center a long time. actually, responses to wolves diverse throughout medieval Europe. even supposing now not depending on the desert, wolves have been conceptually associated with this surroundings - which even if at the fringes of medieval society, grew to become more and more exploited from the 8th to fourteenth centuries, so bringing humans and farm animals towards the wolf.This ebook compares responses to wolves, concentrating on areas, Britain and southern Scandinavia. It appears on the distribution of wolves within the panorama, their power effect as predators on either animals and folks, and their use as commodities, in literature, paintings, cosmology and identification. It additionally investigates the explanations (both useful and cultural) for the eradication of wolves in England, yet their survival at the Scandinavian peninsula. ALEKSANDER PLUSKOWSKI is Junior learn Fellow in Medieval Archaeology, Clare university, Cambridge

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