The Medieval Discovery of Nature

by Steven A. (University of Kansas) Epstein

The Medieval Discovery of Nature Synopsis

This book examines the relationship between humans and nature that evolved in medieval Europe over the course of a millennium. From the beginning, people lived in nature and discovered things about it. Ancient societies bequeathed to the Middle Ages both the Bible and a pagan conception of natural history. These conflicting legacies shaped medieval European ideas about the natural order and what economic, moral and biological lessons it might teach. This book analyzes five themes found in medieval views of nature - grafting, breeding mules, original sin, property rights and disaster - to understand what some medieval people found in nature and what their assumptions and beliefs kept them from seeing.

The Medieval Discovery of Nature Press Reviews

Recommened. -Choice Epstein is a deeply erudite scholar, at home in the main medieval canon of theology, natural philosophy, literature, and law, as well as in obscure but illuminating texts from later medieval Italy, especially Genoa. -Richard C. Hoffmann, Journal of Interdisciplinary History

Book Information

ISBN: 9781107026452
Publication date: 28th September 2012
Author: Steven A. (University of Kansas) Epstein
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Format: Hardback
Pagination: 217 pages
Categories: European history, History of science, Biology, life sciences,

About Steven A. (University of Kansas) Epstein

Steven A. Epstein is the Ahmanson urphy Distinguished Professor of Medieval History at the University of Kansas. He is the author of numerous articles and six books, including Genoa and the Genoese, 958 528, Speaking of Slavery: Color, Ethnicity, and Human Bondage in Italy and An Economic and Social History of Later Medieval Europe, 1000 500.

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