The monsters of the past!
When I was studying my Undergraduate Degree, I came across a module called Medieval Monsters: Foreigners and Other Oddities in the Medieval Imagination taught by the fabulous Sarah Lambert at Goldsmiths, University of London.
What I discovered on this module was not only is history serious, but it is fun! This module ignited my passion for history, and I firmly believe that it was this love for this bizarre topic that put me on the path to becoming a teacher. However, when I think about this module two questions come to mind:
- Why did I have to wait to be 23 years old to be taught this?
- Why was this sense of fun missing from my earlier historical education?
Well, one thing I have learnt is that time waits for not man, and neither does fun. So instead of waiting for you to discover these beings, I am going to share some of these marvellous creatures with you periodically. As a thank you to this wonderful educator, let me formally welcome you to The Lambert Bestiary Vocabulum.
I will be introducing the monsters and providing an accompanied introduction. I will try and point you in the direction of further information. I am by no means an expert on monsters, but I wish to use this periodical as a way of sharing the joy that the study of history has given me.
To wet your appetite here is the beautiful monster that I will be introducing in my first feature. Enjoy!