Beasts
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The beast list includes all of the beasts found in Bestiaries and the Physiologus, as well as some from other sources. It does not include beasts from non-European sources unless those beasts are the basis of Bestiary, Physiologus, or other Western beast legends.

Many Bestiary beasts had no fixed name; different sources often used slightly or radically different names for the same beast. In addition to the most common name for each beast (as used on this site), all variants that I have seen from Medieval sources are listed in the Cross Reference. The variants are sometimes different spellings, but are often from other languages, including Latin, French, German, Icelandic, Catalan and Castilian, among others. The beast cross reference list therefore serves as a cross reference for the many forms of the beasts' names.

 

Note: The Gallery pages for each beast can contain many images and may load slowly.

 

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Alphabetic  :  Sorted alphabetically by the beast name. This list includes only the common names, and is much smaller than the Cross Reference.

Cross Reference :  Sorted alphabetically by the beast name. This list includes the common names, plus the Latin name, variations in spelling, and alternate names used in some texts.

 

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