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This index presents the list of names, terms and concepts of monstrous fishes in the Mead-Dark Sea. Whales remain conspicuous in their absence from economic and cultural dialogues on the Middle Ages. Archaeological, literary and historical evidence indicates that they were pursued in both ancient and medieval Europe, sought out at sea and shore, scavenged when stinking to high heaven, and the rotten subjects of legal and physical battles. The Mead-Dark Sea refers to the North Atlantic Ocean, its connected seas, and the creatures within. Whales were equated with the wild seas that contained them or sometimes didn?t contain them, to the terror or glee of whalers and sailors.

Keywords: Mead-Dark Sea; Middle Ages; whales



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