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“Marginal Beings: Hybrids as the Other in Late Medieval Manuscripts”

“Marginal Beings: Hybrids as the Other in Late Medieval Manuscripts”

Thimann, Heidi

Hortulus, Vol. 5, No. 1, (2009)

Abstract

This paper concerns the hybrids in the margins of medieval psalters and Books of Hours. In showing examples from the Rutland Psalter, the Luttrell Psalter, and The Hours of Jeanne d’Evreux, I ask what are these hybrids’ role in medieval visual culture and how do they operate to construct a type of other in what may seem to be very pious texts. I suggest that the figures’ carnality and monstrous embodiment is a type of mirror of otherness within the intended reader/viewer.

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