Medieval Bestiaries and the Birth of Zoology

Aura Beckhöfer-Fialho

The Antlion Pit, 1996

Digital resource

"Although bestiaries and zoological treatises shared a common interest and subject matter, they did not appear to have any real effect on one another beyond what general influences are common to all who share a same environment and mentality. The similarities they shared in dealing with animals is due to a common outlook on nature. Furthermore, while zoology showed an interest in acquiring scientific knowledge, the bestiary showed no such inclination since it was more concerned with moral education than natural history... Fundamentally, zoological treatises and bestiaries were different. Whereas the bestiary fed upon man's dependence on religon, zoology depended on his break with it..." - Aura Beckhofer-Fialho


Language: English


Last update December 8, 2021