Volume 32, Issue 1
  • ISSN 0925-4757
  • E-ISSN: 1569-9951
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The is a thirteenth-century encyclopedia that reflects the naturalistic interests of its author, the Dominican friar Thomas of Cantimpré (1200/ 011270/ 72). Despite his realistic focus, Thomas was a man of his time and he introduced elements in his work that may seem bizarre to a modern reader. The purpose of this article is twofold. Firstly, it analyses how the Friar treats these different elements, whether they were widespread in thirteenth-century culture (e.g. Amazons, wild men, mermaids, etc.) or discussed for the first time by the Thomas himself (e.g. giants of Vienna, wolf-girl of Burgundy, etc.). Secondly, the paper highlights some very interesting and new aspects of Thomas’s work that shed light on his way of thinking and on his encyclopedia.


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