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Introducing the Medieval Dragon

Author(s): Thomas Honegger

Language: English

Genre(s): Medieval

Series: Medieval Animals

September 2019144 pages198x129mm

Paperback - 9781786834683 eBook - epub - 9781786834706 eBook - mobi - 9781786834713 eBook - pdf - 9781786834690

About The Book

The aim of this book is to explore the characteristics of the medieval dragon and discuss the different and sometimes differing views found in the relevant medieval text types. This study is based on an intimate knowledge of the primary texts and presents new interpretations of well-known literary works and also takes into consideration paintings and other depictions of these beasts. Dragons were designed not only to frighten, but also to fire the imagination, and provide a suitably huge and evil creature for the hero to overcome – yet there is far more to them than reptilian adversaries. This book introduces the medieval dragon via brief, accurate and clear chapters on its natural history, religion, literature and folklore, and concludes with how the dragon is constantly revived – from Beowulf to Tolkien, Disney and Potter.


List of illustrations
The Dragon and Medieval Scholarship
The Dragon and Medieval Religion
The Medieval Dragon and Folklore
The Dragon and Medieval Literature
Outlook and Conclusion
Further reading

About the Author(s)

Thomas Honegger

Thomas Honegger has published on animals, on medieval romance, and on the work of the late medievalist Professor J. R. R. Tolkien. He is Professor for English Medieval Studies at the Friedrich-Schiller-University, Jena (Germany).

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