It is the aim of this short study to explore the characteristics of the medieval dragon, to describe its pedigree in antiquity and beyond, to discuss the different and sometimes differing views on the dragon in the relevant medieval text types – notably encyclopaedias, religious texts, and secular poems and tales – and briefly to outline the development of the dragon in post-medieval literature and culture.
‘This study of the medieval dragon not only provides a detailed examination of the perceived threats to medieval society, but also more broadly sheds telling light on the very nature of medieval culture. Superbly well researched yet also highly accessible, this is scholarship at its best.’ - Dr Martin Arnold, Reader Emeritus, University of Hull
‘A pithy introduction to the weird and wonderful world of medieval dragon lore. Honegger emphasises the diversity and cultural specificity of these fascinating creatures, while also attending to their durability and near universality as symbols. Ranging from literature and learned writings to religious art and folklore, the book is as rich and multifaceted as its subject.’ - Robert Mills, Professor of Medieval Studies, University College London
Thomas Honegger has published on animals, on medieval romance, and on the work of the late medievalist Professor J. R. R. Tolkien. He is Professor for English Medieval Studies at the Friedrich-Schiller-University, Jena (Germany).