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The ugly, greedy crane of medieval Wales

Raye, Lee 2018. The ugly, greedy crane of medieval Wales. Peritia 29 , pp. 143-158. 10.1484/J.PERIT.5.118489

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Most medieval depictions of the crane (Grus grus) emphasise its nobility and importance for falconry; however, medieval Welsh poetry provides a topos of an ugly, greedy creature. This paper contrasts the two attitudes and suggests possible origins with reference to classical literature, naturalistic observation and Marxist interpretations of class conflict.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Welsh
Subjects: P Language and Literature > PB Modern European Languages > PB1001 Celtic languages and literature
P Language and Literature > PN Literature (General)
Q Science > QH Natural history
Uncontrolled Keywords: Crane; cywyddwyr; history of wildlife; extinction; falconry
ISSN: 0332-1592
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 18 December 2019
Date of Acceptance: 11 May 2017
Last Modified: 17 Dec 2021 16:26

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