Wolves in the Middle Ages
4:30 p.m.– 6 p.m.
Lecture by Marek Zágora. Only in Czech.
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Some animals play a greater role in the European imagination than others. One of them is the wolf, which gained this status in ancient times. The most famous wolf in European history is associated with the foundation of Rome. In the Middle Ages, wolves – viewed as hungry and ferocious – were “stars” of the bestiary, even though people’s original fear of them was beginning to fade. Wolves were involved in a constant struggle with humans; they were popularly associated with the devil, and they became symbols of sin and heresy. Books about hunting presented wolves as large, stinking, biting beasts, though wolf-hunting never evolved into an aristocratic ritual. Wolves also become the heroes of literary texts, particularly the famous Reynard the Fox, which depicts wolves as the frequent victims of trickery by other animals. Fear of wolves returned in the modern era, as can be seen in archive documents, chronicles, and folklore. Today, this fear lives on only in toponyms, proverbs and a number of legends that have survived in human memory.