Bestiary: Being an English Version of the Bodleian Library, Oxford, MS Bodley 764
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Bestiary: Being an English Version of the Bodleian Library, Oxford, MS Bodley 764

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Bestiaries are a particularly characteristic product of medieval England, and give a unique insight into the medieval mind. Richly illuminated and lavishly produced, they were luxury objects for noble families. Their three-fold purpose was to provide a natural history of birds, beasts and fishes, to draw moral examples from animal behaviour (the industrious bee, the stubbo...more
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Published October 17th 2013 by Boydell Press (first published 1237)
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Loved it and had a hard time putting it down. originally written in medieval times, it describes animals birds and reptiles, I am assuming based on what they have heard about them because much of it sounds more like myth/legend and includes dragons, unicorns and other mythical creatures. I have often heard it said that the unicorn was actually a rhino, but no rhino i have ever seen could leap into a virgin's lap. most of the creature's natures were then compared to stories from the bible and the...more
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A useful and interesting look into the medieval worldview. This book is entertaining in its own right for the insight it gives into the medieval mind as well as the fantastically far-fetched descriptions of creatures that can now be seen in most zoos. I particularly like the idea that Tigers will stop top suckle a crystal ball if it is dropped in their path because they'll think the reflection is their offspring.
Oh, you crazy monks . . .
This English translation saved my (academic) life.
With an engaging style, brilliantly reproduced miniatures, and a clear introduction that treads the line between scholarly and introductory, the text is a highest order demonstration of Medieval material revived.
Thom Dunn
An absolute stunner. Coffee-table contents in a carry-around form.
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Richard William Barber (born 1941) is a prominent British historian who has been writing and publishing in the field of medieval history and literature ever since his student days. He has specialised in the Arthurian legend, beginning with a general survey, Arthur of Albion, in 1961, which is still in print in a revised edition. His other major interest is historical biography; he has published on...more
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