Introducing the Medieval Fox

Paul Wackers

Omslag 'Introducing the Medieval Fox' (2023)

Emeritus Professor of Dutch Literature to 1500 Paul Wackers was invited to write a short holistic book about the fox in medieval culture for a general public. The result is Introducing the Medieval Fox.

Foxes in medieval culture

This book is an entertaining, informative and enchanting introduction to its subject – just as those medieval banes of the farmyard, the Fox and the Vixen, were enchanting in escapades from fables and funny tales, from beastly epic poems and bestiaries, and from medieval material culture (in Danish wall-paintings and Dutch manuscript illustrations and statues, stained-glass and Italian mosaics).

There exist books on medieval fox stories and on the animal’s iconography, which are important themes in this study, but this book is the first holistic approach to all types of manifestations of foxes in medieval culture – from medical recipes and fur trade, to Bible commentaries and hunting manuals.

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