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The wolf in the landscape: Antonio Cesena and attitudes to wolves in sixteenth century Liguria

Hearn, Robert; Balzaretti, Ross; Watkins, Charles

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The recent reappearance of wolves in many areas of Europe has stimulated an interest in the past relationships between the species and humans in various different geographical locations and historical epochs. The image of wolves approaching and entering human settlements is a potent image of the wild, ‘natural’ world encroaching on that of the domestic and ‘cultural’. This paper examines the existence of the wolf in the psychological and physical landscape. It does so through a micro-historical analysis of a vernacular manuscript from the mid sixteenth century in north-west Italy. The paper demonstrates that the wolf existed both as a ‘mythological beast’ and as a ‘biological animal’ that was a normal, frequently encountered component of the Ligurian faunal assemblage.

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date Apr 1, 2015
Journal Rural History
Print ISSN 0956-7933
Electronic ISSN 1474-0656
Publisher Cambridge University Press (CUP)
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 26
Issue 1
APA6 Citation Hearn, R., Balzaretti, R., & Watkins, C. (2015). The wolf in the landscape: Antonio Cesena and attitudes to wolves in sixteenth century Liguria. Rural History, 26(1), doi:10.1017/S0956793314000193
DOI https://doi.org/10.1017/S0956793314000193
Publisher URL http://journals.cambridge.org/action/displayAbstract?fromPage=online&aid=9582789&fileId=S0956793314000193
Copyright Statement Copyright information regarding this work can be found at the following address: http://eprints.nottingh.../end_user_agreement.pdf

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