This site refers to many medieval manuscripts, mostly bestiaries and aviaries, but also others that incorporate full or partial bestiaries or contain bestiary-related images or text. The manuscripts are of several types, including Bestiaries, Aviaries, Miscellanies, Psalters, Missals, and Books of Hours.
The information in the manuscript descriptions has ben gathered from a variety of sources. I have not seen any of these manuscripts myself (except in facsimile). Corrections, comments and additions can be sent to the Webmaster for review.
Note: The Gallery pages for each manuscript can contain many images and may load slowly.
The manuscript list is available in several formats; click one of the links below to view the format you choose.
: Sorted by manuscript location
(institute) and shelfmark.
You can also explore the manuscripts organized
in several categories.
: Organized according to a standard classification