THE MEDIEVAL NATURAL WORLD

RICHARD JONES
216pp ILLUS (SOME COLOUR) 2013 LIST PRICE: £18.99 (P) HA48

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How did medieval people make sense of their surroundings, and how did this change over the years as understanding and knowledge expanded? This new study shows how medieval people interpreted the world around them -- how they rationalised their observations, and why they developed the models for understanding that they did. Most importantly, it shows how ideas changed over the medieval period, and why. With extensive primary source material, this book builds up a picture using medieval encyclopaedias, prose literature and poetry, records of estate management, agricultural treatises, scientific works, annals and chronicles, as well as the evidence from art, architecture, archaeology and the landscape itself.