IMC 2008: Sessions

Session 115: Monastic Ideas of Nature and Bestiaries between the 12th and 14th Centuries

Monday 7 July 2008, 11.15-12.45

Moderator/Chair:Emilia Jamroziak, Forschungsstelle für Vergleichende Ordensgeschichte (FOVOG), Technische Universität Dresden / Institute for Medieval Studies / School of History, University of Leeds
Paper 115-bEngelbert of Admont (c. 1250-1331) and his Tractatus de naturis animalium with Special Attention Paid to the Chapter of Fish
(Language: English)
Max Schmitz, Université catholique de Louvain, Louvain-la-Neuve
Index terms: Language and Literature - Latin, Science
Paper 115-cThe Hereford Mappamundi and the Medieval Bestiaries: Reflexions and Observations
(Language: English)
Xenia Muratova, Department of History of Medieval Art, Université de Haute-Bretagne (Rennes II), Rennes
Index terms: Art History - General, Manuscripts and Palaeography

Paper -b:
The abbot Engelbert of Admont (c. 1250-1331) wrote many works, especially on theological and moral subjects, but he was also interested in nature. In the first part of his Tractatus de naturis animalium he gives a description of the human nature. In the second part he presents the world of animals. In this paper, I will present the main sources used by the Styrian and highlight some remarkable aspects of this work. I will focus my attention on the chapter of fish. This will allow me to compare the text with others of its kind.
Paper -c:
The paper is dealing with the representations of animals on the Hereford Mappamundi. The author proposes the comparisons with several Bestiary manuscripts and establish the particular proximity with the representations in the ms. Roy. 12.F.XIII of the British Library. The author investigates the problem of the image and the text, the legends on the mapppamundi not being connected with the extracts from Solinus used in the Bestiaries. The problem of the creation of the mappamundi and of the specific use of images from medieval Bestiaries is also investigated. The study of this relationship represent a great interest for the study of the Hereford mappamundi, as well as for the localisation and dating of some Bestiary manuscripts.