‘Medieval Monsters’ by Damien Kempf and Maria L. Gilbert {BookTalk}

BookTalk is a series of blog posts, where I discuss non-Tolkien books in concise and honest reviews. Read on dear reader …

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Medieval Monsters book cover

Many a time I find myself in awe at images and scans of beautifully-crafted manuscripts from the Middle Ages, often wondering what some of the strange, yet colourful creatures adorning the margins actually are or even symbolise.

The aptly-named ‘Medieval Monsters’ is just that. A basic, but very accessible introduction to these beings that were part of the systematic belief in the medieval world. A host of mythical creatures, beasts and other monsters of the imagination are written about and accompanied by some stunning illustrations.

The writing is straightforward, without any of that academic hogwash that sometimes plagues a promising book. Albeit, the authors do not offer a lot of detail on the individual creatures, preferring rather to gloss over the most eye-catching and recurring creatures in Medieval works.

This delightful little book will appeal to anyone who has an interest in Medieval bestiary. Once you’ve read this work, you’ll be well on your way to delving into something a bit more challenging!

Having said that, the gorgeously-produced illustrations is a reason in itself to leaf through this book.

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