Duel of bestiaries. On Le Bestiaire d'amour by Richard de Fournival, and the anonymous Response appended to it in several manuscripts

Jeanette Beer

in Willene B. Clark & Meradith T. McMunn, ed., Beasts and Birds of the Middle Ages. The Bestiary and its Legacy, Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 1989, 96-105

"...explores the transformation of the bestiary into a work with secular symbolism in the Bestiaire d'amour and Reponse de la Dame of Richard de Fournival, using the cock to illustrate her arguments." - introduction

"The traditions of the bestiary underwent unexpected transformation in Richard de Fournival's Le Bestiaire d'amour. A genre that had been devoted to Christian moralizing now became affiliated with the profane literature of love. The process involved more than a mere transposition of metaphors. The juxtaposition of the two known traditions was a provocation to both, for Le Bestiaire d'amour transcended all conventions by its ambivalence." - Beer

With one illustration from Bodleian Library MS. Douce 308.

Language: English


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