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This bibliography section presents the list of reference books and articles that occur in the book Monstrous Fishes and the Mead-Dark Sea. Medieval people viewed whales in complex and contradictory ways, from marvellous to monstrous to mundane, heaven-sent or hell-bent. Despite this, whales are conspicuous in their absence from most historical and archaeological dialogues on the Middle Ages. Drawing upon a wealth of legal, literary and material evidence, the book details the ways in which whales were sought out and scavenged at sea and shore, fought over in legal and physical battles, and prized for meat, bone and fuel.

Keywords: Mead-Dark Sea; Middle Ages; monstrous fishes; whales



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