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Legions of Pigs in the Early Medieval West$
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Jamie Kreiner

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9780300246292

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: May 2021

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300246292.001.0001

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A Singular and Plural Beast

A Singular and Plural Beast

(p.15) 1 A Singular and Plural Beast
Legions of Pigs in the Early Medieval West

Jamie Kreiner

Yale University Press

This chapter shows how early medieval communities bent their social and legal arrangements in order to accommodate these tricky animals. It also probes the limits of thinking about “the pig” as a stable species, because early medieval and modern commentators alike have noticed the hazards of generalizing: pigs had individual characteristics and abilities, they could learn new things, and they could change.

Keywords:   wild boar, hunting, gender, Sus scrofa, taxonomy, disputes, law, violence

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