On Monsters and Marvels

ISBN-10: 0226645630
ISBN-13: 9780226645636
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Book details

List price: $34.00
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Publication date: 10/1/1995
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 256
Size: 5.75" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.990
Language: English

Ambroise Pareacute;, born in France around 1510, was chief surgeon to both Charles IX and Henri III. In one of the first attempts to explain birth defects, Pareacute; produced On Monsters and Marvels, an illustrated encyclopedia of curiosities, of monstrous human and animal births, bizarre beasts, and natural phenomena. Janice Pallister's acclaimed English translation offers a glimpse of the natural world as seen by an extraordinary Renaissance natural philosopher.

List of Illustrations
Acknowledgments
Introduction
On Monsters and Marvels
Preface
The Causes of Monsters
An Example of the Glory of God
An Example of the Wrath of God
An Example of Too Great a Quantity of Seed
On Women Who Carry Several Children during One Pregnancy
On Hermaphrodites or Androgynes
Memorable Stories about Women Who Have Degenerated into Men
An Example of Lack in the Quantity of Seed
An Example of Monsters That Are Created through the Imagination
An Example of the Narrowness or the Smallness of the Womb
An Example of Monsters That Are Formed, the Mother Having Remained Seated Too Long, Having Had Her Legs Crossed, or Having Bound Her Belly Too Tight While She Was Pregnant
An Example of Monsters Who Are Created, the Mother Having Received Some Blow or Fall, Being Great with Child
An Example of Monsters That Are Created by Hereditary Diseases
An Example of Monstrous Things Which Have Occurred in Accidental Illnesses
Of Stones That Are Engendered in the Human Body
On Certain Monstrous Animals That Are Born Abnormally in the Bodies of Men, Women, and Small Children
On Certain Strange Things That Nature Repels through Her Infinite Providence
An Example of Several Other Strange Things
An Example of Monsters Created through Corruption and Putrefaction
An Example of the Mixture or Mingling of Seed
An Example of the Artifice of Wicked Spital Beggars
The Imposture of a Woman Beggar Who Pretended to Have a Canker on Her Breast
The Imposture of a Certain Beggar Who Was Counterfeiting a Leper
About a Hedge-Whore Beggar-Woman Pretending to Be Sick with Saint Fiacre's Disease, and a Long Thick Gut Made by Trickery Came out of Her Bum
About a Fat Wench from Normandy, Who Pretended to Have a Snake in Her Belly
An Example of Monstrous Things Done by Demons and Sorcerers
About Those Who Are Possessed of Demons, Who Speak in Various Parts of Their Bodies
How Demons Inhabit Quarries or Mines
How Demons Can Deceive Us
An Example of Several Diabolical Illusions
On the Art of Magic
On Certain Strange Illnesses
On Incubi and Succubi According to Physicians
On "Point-Knotters" Other Stories Not off the Subject
Concerning Marine Monsters
On Flying Monsters
On Terrestrial Monsters
On Celestial Monsters
[On Natural Disasters]
Items from the Discourse on the Unicorn
From The Book of Tumors
From The Sicke Womans Private Looking-Glasse
Suggested Identifications
Notes
Bibliography
Index

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