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Medieval MonstersTerrors, Aliens, Wonders

Published by GILES in association with the Morgan Library & Museum, New York

Release — (UK and USA)

Dimensions — 184 pages, 279 x 229 mm (9 x 11 in)

Illustrations — 100 colour

Format — Hardback

Price — UK£30.00 / US$39.95

ISBN — 978-1-911282-18-1

Sales Points

  • A great visual exploration of our enduring fascination with the fantasy world
  • Will appeal to all kinds of readers and resonate strongly with contemporary issues linked to alienation and otherness
  • Preface by award-winning fantasy fiction writer China Miéville argues for the enduring relevance of monsters in today’s world
  • Published to accompany an exhibition at the Morgan Library & Museum, 8 June to 23 September 2018

About the Book

Monsters possess transformative powers, rendering them at once profoundly dangerous and utterly fascinating. They play an important role throughout the history of Western civilization. Medieval Monsters explores the cultural importance and rich variety of monstrosities in the art of the Middle Ages, with examples drawn from the Morgan Library & Museum’s renowned collection of illuminated manuscripts.

While presenting a lively array of strange beauties and frightful anomalies—demons and dragons, centaurs and unicorns, giants and grotesque hybrids—the authors reveal how monsters played a central role in medieval societies, and still inspire us to marvel today.

About the Author(s)

China Tom Miéville, FRSL is an award-winning author, comic writer, political activist, and academic.
Sherry C. M. Lindquist is associate professor of Art History at Western Illinois University.
Asa Simon Mittman is professor and chair of Art and Art History at California State University in Chico.