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Bestiaire d’amour

The Bestiaire d’amour or Bestiary of Love is not a traditional bestiary. It has bestiary animals doing bestiary things, but it has a much different purpose. Where the traditional bestiary is a tool for teaching Christian morality, the Bestiaire is a desperate attempt by the author, Richard de Fournival, to win the love of a […]

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Manuscript Update

Though there several new things in this update, it is mostly about manuscripts and their images. Manuscripts I have been examining manuscripts, trying to find information on some elusive ones, and updating descriptions and images for the some of the ones I already knew about. Arnamagn├Žanske Institut, AM 673 a 4┬║ (Icelandic Physiologus): This is […]

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Something for Everyone

This is a general update, with something for everyone. I have added a lot of new data this time. Images: There are several hundred new and updated images, bringing the total to almost 2200. This batch are all from manuscripts, and some are spectacular; see Bodleian Library, MS. Ashmole 1511, for example. Several manuscripts and […]

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Gallery Update

I wasn’t satisfied with the way the galleries were working, and so I changed them. The initial page of image thumbnails is gone; it was slow, and as the number of images went up it just got slower. Instead the gallery page itself will appear immediately (and rapidly) in a small size, though still big […]

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A bunch of changes

Lots of changes, updates, new materials in this update. The Bestiary Family lists have been updated. Almost all of the listed manuscripts now have a link to the description page for that manuscript. There are a few that remain elusive; the libraries where they live have them well hidden, but I am persistent (possibly obsessive) […]

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More of everything, pretty much. A few new manuscripts (not new as in fresh out of the scriptorium!) A bunch of manuscript updates Some beast updates About 200 more images from manuscripts A pile of new and updated bibliography items Updates to the encyclopedia Updates to the Bestiary Family pages to bring the ordering and […]

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A hasty update

I wasn’t planning a full update quite this soon, but I discovered a problem with the last update (some of the images on the beast pages failed to load). All fixed now. One new feature, which forced me to do a full update: The “hamburger” menu has some extra options to allow you to jump […]

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A mostly manuscript update

This update is mostly about manuscripts. I have corrected a few errors, added some information, and added a lot of images for two manuscripts. I have added content to the following sections: Added images from manuscripts Aberdeen University Library Univ. Lib. MS 24 (Aberdeen Bestiary) – 94 images British Library Sloane MS 278 – 62 […]

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Really big update!

More of a complete rebuild than a simple update. After years of shameful neglect, I have spent the last couple of months redesigning and rebuilding the Medieval Bestiary website. The old site was using outdated web technologies, which made it difficult to update and maintain. I had been putting off the needed work – and […]

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It’s not a large update, though there are a few hundred more images, mostly from the Bodleian Library. There are also more bibliography items, manuscript information, and other miscellaneous stuff. I am aware that some of the image pages don’t display very well. I have started using larger images, and they sometimes break my primitive […]

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