TRAVELS TO THE OTHERWORLD AND OTHER FANTASTIC REALMS HB
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TRAVELS TO THE OTHERWORLD AND OTHER FANTASTIC REALMS HB
Medieval Journeys into the Beyond
Introduced and Edited by Claude and Corinne Lecouteaux

Heading off to discover unknown lands was always a risky undertaking during the Middle Ages due to the countless dangers lying in wait for the traveller - if we can believe what the written accounts tell us. In the mediaeval age of intercontinental exploration, tales of sea monsters, strange hybrid beasts, trickster faeries, accidental trips to the afterlife and peoples as fantastic and dangerous as the lands they inhabited abounded.

In this collection of mediaeval travellers' tales, editors, Claude and Corinne Lecouteux, explain how the Middle Ages were a melting pot of narrative traditions from the four corners of the then-known world. Tales from this period often drew on geographies, encyclopaedias, travel accounts, bestiaries and herbals for material to capture the imagination of their audiences who were fascinated by the wonders being discovered by explorers of the time.

Accompanied by rare illustrations from incunabula and mediaeval manuscripts, the stories in this collection include voyages into the afterlife, with guided tours of Hell and glimpses of Heaven, as well as journeys into other fantastic realms, such as the pagan land of the Faery. It, also, includes accounts from travellers such as Alexander the Great of alarming creatures of unparalleled strangeness, encounters with doppelgangers and angels, legends of heroes and tales of chivalric romantic misadventures, with protagonists swept to exotic new places by fate or by quest. In each story, the marvellous is omnipresent and each portrays the reactions of the protagonist when faced with the unknown.

Offering an introduction to the mediaeval imaginings of a wondrous universe, these tales reflect the dreams and beliefs of the Middle Ages' era of discovery and allow readers to survey mythic geography, meet people from the far ends of the earth, and experience the supernatural.

More Information
  • Published : 20/10/2020
  • ISBN : 9781620559420
  • Format : Hardback
  • Imprint : Inner Traditions
  • Size (mm): 152 x 229
  • Category: Myths & Legends
  • Pages : 240
  • Edition :