Bauhaus-Universität Weimar

Titel:
A history of caricature and grotesque in literature and art
Person:
Wright, Thomas Fairholt, Frederick William
Persistente ID:
urn:nbn:de:gbv:wim2-g-1429385
PURL:
https://digitalesammlungen.uni-weimar.de/viewer/resolver?urn=urn:nbn:de:gbv:wim2-g-1430690
Literature and Art. 
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75 
CHAPTER 
EMPLOYMENT OF ANIMALS IN MEDIJEVAL SATIRE._POPULAR1TY OF 
FABLES; ono DE _c1RmeTor:.-REYNARD THE FOX.--BURNELLUS 
     
TILES.-SHOEING THE eooss, AND FEEDING PIGS WITH nosEs.- 
SATIRICAL SIGNS; THE MUSTARD MAKER. 
THE people of the middle ages appear to have been great admirers 
of animals, to have obferved clofely their various charaeters and 
peculiarities, and to have been fond of domefticating them. They foon 
began to employ their peculiarities as means of fatirifing and caricaturing 
mankind; and among the literature bequeathed to them by the Romans, 
they received no book more eagerly than the "Fables of H-Efop," and 
the other colletitions of fables which were publithed under the empire. 
We find no traces of fables among the original literature of the German 
race; but the tribes who took poffeflion of the Roman provinces no 
iooner became acquainted with the fables of the ancients, than they 
began to imitate them, and llories in which animals aited the part of 
men were multiplied immenfely, and became a very important branch 
of medizeval iietion. 
Among the Teutonic peoples efpecially, thefe fables often afiilmed very 
grotefque forms, and the fatire they convey is very amufing. One of the 
earliett of thefe colletitions of original fables was compofed by an Engliih 
ecclefiaftic named Odo de Cirington, who lived in the time of Henry II. 
and Richard I. In Odo's fables, we find the animals figuring under the 
fame popular names by which they were afterwards fo well known, fuch 
as Reynard for the fox, Ifengrin for the wolf, Teburg for the cat, and 
the like. Thus the fubjeft of one of them is " Ifengrin made Monk " 
(de lfengrino monaclzo). " Once," we are told, " Ifengrin defired to be a 
monk. By dint of fervent fupplications, he obtained the confent of the 
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