A long overdue update

It has been a long time since I have done a major update, and things have gotten a little ragged around the edges. This update fixes many broken links (other people will keep changing their sites!), adds a bunch more information on several of the beasts, and adds a few images, bibliography items, manuscripts, and the like. Updates should be a bit more frequent this year!

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On a new server

The Bestiary is now on a new server at a new hosting company. Very little has changed yet, but stay tuned: big changes are coming!

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More of everything

Finally, an update. Just the usual “more of everything”, with an emphasis on manuscript descriptions.

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Two new texts by Druce

In addition to the usual updates to the beast, manuscript and bibliography pages, there are two new articles by George C. Druce in the digtal text library. The Medieval Bestiary site is now receiving an average of 30,000 visitors per month.

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A long pause ends

After a long pause, a small update… Just a bit of everything. More to come!

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Beast moralizations updated

The beast pages have been updated with information on the allegory or moralizations that were applied to the beast tales, along with some more historical source information. There are also minor updates to other pages, new bibliography items, etc.

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Museum Meermo images online

With the permission of the Museum Meermo in The Hague, about 130 images have been added to the beast and manuscript galleries. There are also new items in the bibliography, and a few new and updated manuscripts.

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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 have been added to various galleries, from their collection of manuscripts. About 40 public domain images have been added for an Encyclopedia article on misericords. There are also new articles on Jacob van Maerlant, Konrad von Megenberg, Thomas of Cantimpré, and Lambert of Saint-Omer, all writers of medieval encyclopedias. Several manuscript descriptions have been added, as well as a few more bibliography entries. You can now search this site with the Google search engine, as well as with the local search engine. There is also a new Introduction to what this is all about.

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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, a couple of new beasts, and enough new bibliography items to bring the total to over 1300. There are also an embarassing number of corrections…

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