|About This Site|
This site is the long-term project of David Badke, an independent scholar in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada. The goal is to gather information about the Medieval Bestiary and its antecendants, as well as related information on the Medieval view of animals in general, both fabulous and real. The end result will (hopefully) be a resource that is of some use to the community of Medieval scholars and anyone else with an interest in the Middle Ages.
To organize the surprisingly large amount of data available on the Medieval Bestiary, I have developed a database and a program to maintain it. The database contains (or will contain) all of the text and images to be published here. The program, in addition to allowing me to enter and organize the data, also generates most of the Web pages found here. For the moment, the pages are static (I generate them and upload them periodically), but eventually this site will be fully dynamic, with pages being generated on demand.
This site is updated with new information periodically. See Chimaera: The bestiary blog to find out what has changed since your last visit.
Contributions of materials, corrections and suggestions are welcome. I am always looking for articles, images, bibliographic references, and any other relevant information. In particular I need reviews and annotations for Bibliography items that I do not have access to, and scholarly articles to fill the sparse Articles section. Contributed articles and reviews will be fully credited to the author, and the author will retain all copyrights. All contributions must be donated, since I have no funds to pay authors. Queries about submitting materials should be sent to the Webmaster.
Links to this site are of course welcome, but you should in general link only to the site home page at http://bestiary.ca - other page URLs may change, but the home page URL will not. If you do link to this site, I would appreciate an email so I can keep track. If you link to pages other than the home page, and you notify me that you have done so, I will try to let you know in advance if the URL is going to change.
Please do not imbed references to images on this site in your own web pages. If you wish to use the image on your web site, you must obtain the permission of the copyright holder to host the image file on your own web server. Imbedding a reference to an image on this site in your own web page is called "bandwidth theft" while not (at present) illegal, it is certainly unethical, since it uses resources someone else is paying for. It is also unsafe, since you have no control over the image displayed on your web site; I could remove or modify the image at any time.
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