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The Fabulous Natural History of the Middle Ages

By Thomas Wright, Esq., M.A., F.S.A.

Originally published as part of The Archaeological Album; or, Museum of National Antiquities, pages 174-186 London: Chapman & Hall, 1845

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About this Text

This short article is a general introduction to natural history in the Middle Ages. It is of interest as an early example of the nineteenth-century scholarship on animals in the Middle Ages; it also has useful information on the unicorn, elephant and mandrake, as well as some images from manuscripts.

This digital edition is not a complete copy of the print edition of Wright's book. Only the chapter titled "The Fabulous Natural History of the Middle Ages" is included the digital edition.


The print edition of this text was published in London in 1845; the digital edition was created from the original in 2008 by David Badke. The original print edition by Thomas Wright (1810-1877) is believed to be in the public domain.

The text was converted from the scanned page images in Google Books of the book The Archaeological Album ( edited by Thomas Wright.