Archive for 2004

Second birthday!

The Medieval Bestiary: Animals in the Middle Ages is now two years old! In that time it has gone from less than 200 visits per month to over 18,000 visits per month. Thanks, faithful readers! This is another large update. By permission of the Koninklijke Bibliotheek (Royal Library) of the Netherlands, over 150 new images […]

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New encyclopedia section

The “primary source” section has been expanded and will now include more than just the sources of medieval beast lore, so it has been renamed the Encyclopedia. Several manuscript descriptions have been added, as well as a few more bibliography items.

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New section on bestiary families

A large update this time. The section on the bestiary “Family” classification system is now ready. This links to several other parts of the site, so it is a good starting point for exploration of the bestiary genre. There are also several more “primary source” articles, new and updated manuscript descriptions, a few more pictures, […]

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The Bestiaire of Gervaise

A new digital text is now available: Le Bestiaire de Gervaise, a Norman French rhyming verse bestiary of the thirteenth century, in a critical edition by Paul Meyer (1872). There is also a little information on Gervaise, plus the usual updates to the bibliography and manuscript sections.

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British Library images online

With the permission of the British Library, over 100 images from manuscripts in their collection are now available here. You will find these images on the gallery pages in the beast and manuscript sections. As always, updates, additions and corrections have been made to the bibliography, manuscript and other pages.

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More texts by Druce

I would like to thank Lawrence Butler of England for pointing out an error and providing information to allow me to correct it. The digital text library contains three articles by George Claridge Druce, who wrote several bestiary-related articles in the early 20th century. I had thought this Druce was the botanist George Claridge Druce […]

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Digital text by Druce

A new digital text is available: Animals in English Wood Carving by George Druce (1914). Updates, additions and corrections have been made to the bibliography, manuscript and other pages.

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Digital text by Morris

A new digital text is available: The Early English Bestiary edited by Richard Morris (1872). Updates, additions and corrections have been made to the bibliography, manuscript and other pages.

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An online Physiologus

A very late update! I have been busy with the digitization of a 16th century Physiologus, now online at the University of Victoria. Updates, additions and corrections have been made to the bibliography, manuscript and other pages.

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A minor update

A relatively minor — and late — update this time; I have been busy with a related project. There is a new text in the digital library, a version of the Physiologus attributed to Saint Epiphanius (in Latin). Some information on the use of beasts in heraldry has been added to the beast pages. As […]

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