Renaissance Beasts: Of Animals, Humans, and Other Wonderful Creatures
Addresses and reassesses the variety of ways in which animals were used and thought about in Renaissance culture, challenging contemporary as well as historic views of the boundaries and hierarchies humans presume the natural world to contain.
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