Book ID: CBB573529632

Introducing the Medieval Dragon (2020)


Thomas Honegger (Author)

University of Wales Press

Publication Date: 2020
Physical Details: 144
Language: English

The figure of the dragon loomed large in the medieval imagination. Dragons were intended to frighten and also to fuel fantasy by providing a suitably threatening, evil creature for the hero to overcome. Yet their cultural role went far beyond that of monstrous reptilian adversaries.Introducing the Medieval Dragon explores the characteristics of the dragon and the multifarious views found in the relevant medieval writings. Through insightful textual study, Thomas Honegger presents new interpretations of religious and literary works, visual imagery, and other depictions of these mythic beasts to illuminate the social value of these representations. From the basis of this study within everyday medieval mythology, Honegger reveals how the figure of the dragon is constantly revived—from Beowulf to Tolkien, Disney to Harry Potter.

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Review John Block Friedman (2022) Review of "Introducing the Medieval Dragon". Archives of Natural History (pp. 218-219). unapi

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Authors & Contributors
Stothers, Richard B.
Torijano, Pablo A.
Callataÿ, Godefroid de
Mangoubi, Sandra
Buyens, Vincent
Raghavan, Nirupama
MHNH (Revista Internacional de Investigación sobre Magia y Astrología Antiguas)
Indian Journal of History of Science
Isis: International Review Devoted to the History of Science and Its Cultural Influences
Latomus: Revue d'Études Latines
Archives of Natural History
Reaktion Books
Walter de Gruyter
Vanderbilt University
University of Wales Press
University of Chicago Press
Science and literature
Animals, mythical
Teratology; monsters
Augustine, Saint
Isidore of Seville
Hooghe, Romeyn de
Shakespeare, William
Owen, Richard
Time Periods
17th century
19th century
16th century
Rome (Italy)
Florence (Italy)
Crystal Palace

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