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 Post subject: James McWilliams on medieval animal trials
PostPosted: Thu Feb 21, 2013 2:12 pm 
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Interesting piece in Salon, with a bonus comment from my friend, awesome medievalist and noted animal studies dude Karl Steel.

http://www.slate.com/articles/life/history/2013/02/medieval_animal_trials_why_they_re_not_quite_as_crazy_as_they_sound.html?commentId=http%3A%2F%2Fslate.com%2FECHO%2Fitem%2F1361471580-900-5

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 Post subject: Re: James McWilliams on medieval animal trials
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That's so interesting, I had no idea. It strikes me that there were a lot of pig attacks in the middle ages.

Also this part is something I never thought about:

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Overlooked by these interpretations is something that, as we increasingly remove animals from public view, becomes harder to appreciate: These people saw aspects of animal behavior that we don’t see anymore. In this sense, these seemingly odd trials have much to teach us about how fundamentally our relationship with animals has changed over time and how, more poignantly, we’ve lost the ability to empathize with them as sentient beings.

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 Post subject: Re: James McWilliams on medieval animal trials
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It's true, not as crazy as it sounds! On the crazy celebrity scale, it sounds like a Mel Gibson or a Tom Cruise, but then it's really just a Carrie Fisher.

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 Post subject: Re: James McWilliams on medieval animal trials
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^See, and I thought it would be more like an Anne Heche or Margot Kidder wandering into the wrong yard.

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 Post subject: Re: James McWilliams on medieval animal trials
PostPosted: Thu Feb 21, 2013 5:03 pm 
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I don't want to click on the link at the moment (working) but I've read medieval trial transcripts and there were a lot of ladies named Agnes stealing loaves of bread and chickens in 1300s English countryside.

I think this idea sounds seriously fascinating though (medieval animal trials) in terms of studying and reading about.

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 Post subject: Re: James McWilliams on medieval animal trials
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In Paris' Musée de la Chasse, there was a piece that described the more intimate and spiritual relationship people had with animals in the middle ages versus after the age of reason, where they became viewed more as a commodity.

It's crazy that we are actually regressing in some ways, though it's consoling that we at least bath frequently.


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