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Christopher de Hamel shows us a bestiary!

Dr. Christopher de Hamel of Corpus Christi College, Cambridge, shows us a bestiary (Parker Library, Corpus Christi College MS 22) and the Chronica Majora of Matthew Paris (Parker Library, Corpus Christi College MS 16) to illustrate the medieval view of the elephant.   Ah, to have Dr. de Hamel’s job…

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Bodleian Library, MS Bodley 764

What you see above is the Beastmaster’s hands holding a facsimile of a bestiary, MS. Bodley 764, to be exact, from the Bodleian Library. It is my very first full, printed bestiary facsimile, and I am very pleased with it. The reproduction quality is outstanding; the only way the facsimile could be better would be […]

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An update … and statistics!

I updated the Bestiary site today. If you are wondering why I update so infrequently, well… it’s a lot of work! This update is mostly about images, with an addition of about 400 from various sources. I have decided to use whatever images I can get my hands on; previously I was only using public […]

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Master Richard’s Bestiary of love

In the middle of the thirteenth century, Richard de Fournival, a French cleric, scholar and surgeon, wrote the Bestiaire d’amour, the Bestiary of love. This fusion of courtly love literature and Bestiary allegorical “natural history” was supposedly written to win the favor of an unnamed woman who Richard was in love with, but who was […]

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Click the image for a larger and higher quality view. The manuscript images used for this illustration have been rudely ripped from their context and mercilessly modified to fit my mad scheme. To see the originals, follow the links below. Credits: Collage, background, other bits – David “Beastmaster” Badke © 2009. Sign (from Snake Park […]

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Magical Beastie Bits (Part 2)

This is the second in a series of posts about magical beast parts. Today: the beaver, the hyena, and the lynx. Beavers losing valuable body parts. British Library, Harley MS 4751, Folio 9r Beaver: The beaver is hunted for one special body part, which, we are assured by the best authorities, is required for “medicine”. […]

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