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The Medieval Bestiaries

By J. Romilly Allen

Lecture VI from Early Christian Symbolism in Great Britain and Ireland before the Thirteenth Century (The Rhind Lectures in Archaeology for 1885), Whiting & Co., London, 1887, pages 334-393

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About this Text

This extract from a larger work on Christian symbolism in Britain and Ireland is part of the Rhind Lectures in Archaeology for 1885. It deals with the relation between the medieval bestiaries and the carved stone work of animals found in churches and other places from before the thirteenth century. Only the sixth lecture from a series of six Rhind lectures is included in this edition. The text is illustrated by numerous line drawings of stone carvings.


The print edition of this text was published in London in 1887; the digital edition was created from the original in 2008 by David Badke. The original print edition by John Romilly Allen (1847-1907) is believed to be in the public domain.