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Medieval image makers focused attention on the underside of society the excluded and the ejected these peasants servants prostitutes and beggars all found there place along with knights and clerics engaged in impudent antics in the margins of prayer books or as gargoyles on the outside of churches. The book image on the edge the margins of medieval art michael camille is published by reaktion books. Chimeras as disruptions of religious order gargoyles as embodiments of fears and temptations scatological drawings as manifestations of crisis in the chivalric class charivari as ritual reinscriptions of social norms image on the edge presents a vivid picture of a medieval world in which contradictions were not only tolerated but worked with exquisite detail into the very fabric of society. This marks the fourth of camilles books i have read and while a slender little volume it packs the same intellectual wallop as the rest in image on the edge camille explores marginal art of the high middle ages roughly the 11th through the 14th centuries. Image on the edge the margins of medieval art essays in art and culture image on the edge the margins of medieval art michael camille author michael camille edition illustrated reprint