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The Edges of the Medieval World
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In the Middles Ages, the edges of one’s world could represent different meanings. On the one hand, they might have been situated in far-away regions, mainly in the east and north, that one most often only knew from hearsay and which were inhabited by strange beings: humans with their faces on their chest, without a mouth, or with dog heads. On the other hand, the edges of one’s world could just mean the borders of the community where one lived and that one sometimes might not have had the possibility to cross during one’s whole life. In this volume specialists from eight European countries offer their ideas about different edges of the medieval world and contribute to a discussion that has been increasing greatly in Medieval Studies in recent times.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
  2. pp. 1-3
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  1. Title Page
  2. pp. 4-4
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  1. Copyright Page
  2. pp. 5-5
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  1. Table of Contents
  2. pp. v-7
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  1. List of Illustrations
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. Preface
  2. pp. 1-3
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  1. Edges of the World - Edges of Time
  2. pp. 4-20
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  1. From the Peripheries to the Centres and Back Again: Visual Culture and the Edges of This World
  2. pp. 21-38
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  1. The Picture of the World in Old Norse Sources
  2. pp. 39-45
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  1. "The Land of the Norwegians is the Last in the World": A Mid-Eleventh-Century Description of the Nordic Countries From the Pen of Adam of Bremen1
  2. pp. 46-54
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  1. Political Rhetoric and the Edges of CChristianity: Livonia and its Evil Enemies in the Fifteenth Century1
  2. pp. 55-69
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  1. Living on the Edge: Pirates and the Livonians in the Fifteenth and Sixteenth Centuries
  2. pp. 70-81
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  1. Darkness on the Edge of Town: Life at the Flurgrenze in Medieval and Traditional Narrative
  2. pp. 82-98
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  1. The Margins of one's Small World: The Outskirts of Towns in Late Medieval and arly Modern Visual Representations
  2. pp. 99-112
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  1. What is Exotic?Sources of Animals and Animal Products from the Edges of the Medieval World
  2. pp. 113-129
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  1. The Beast of Muhu: A Hybrid from the Periphery
  2. pp. 130-135
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  1. Tibi Silens Laus: Silence at the Edge of Language
  2. pp. 136-141
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  1. List of Contributors
  2. pp. 142-151
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  1. Back Cover
  2. pp. 152-152
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