The Bear (Hardcover)
History of a Fallen King
Belknap Press, 9780674047822, 343pp.
Publication Date: October 17, 2011
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The oldest discovered statue, fashioned some fifteen to twenty thousand years ago, is of a bear. This title considers how this once venerated creature was deposed by the advent of Christianity and continued to sink lower in the symbolic bestiary before rising again in Pyrrhic triumph as a popular toy.