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Some sections of this site have Gallery pages, pictures of beasts taken from (mostly) manuscripts and books. Each gallery page has the same structure. Initially the reduced-size gallery will display, which has a common "slide show" format. A larger image will be shown in the center of the page. At the left and right edges of the screen there are arrow icons; clicking one of them will cause the previous or next image to be shown.

Note: The gallery pages may not display correctly with older browser versions, and will probably not display at all with Microsoft Internet Explorer.

In the toolbar at the top of the gallery are a set of buttons.


  Resize the gallery. The gallery will initially be displayed in its minimum size. Clicking this button (when the icon shows arrows pointing out) will cause the gallery to resize to fill the entire browser window; clicking it again (when the icon shows arrows pointing in) will cause the gallery to to return to its minimum size. This is not the same as full screen mode, since the browser tabs, toolbar, etc. are still visible.
Download the currently visible image to your computer. The "actual size" image file will be downloaded; whether the image is zoomed in has no effect on this.
Zoom in. The image is initially shown in a size that allows it to fit between the browser toolbar at the top and the caption/thumbnail at the bottom. Each click of the zoom in button will enlarge the image until it reaches the maximum available size. The caption/thumbnail will disappear while the image is zoomed in.
Zoom out. If the image is zoomed in, each click the zoom out button will make it smaller until it reaches the minimum size.
Zoom to maximum (actual) size toggle. If the image is displayed at its minimum size, clicking this button will zoom it to its maximum size. If the image is displayed at anything greater than its minimum size, clicking this button will zoom it to it minimum size. You can also double-click on the image to do the same thing.
  Full screen mode. The gallery will take up the entire screen, with the browser tabs, toolbars, etc. hidden. Click the button again to return to the normal browser view. Your browser may also provide other methods to enter and exit full screen mode.

Below the image there is a brief description. For a more extensive description, click the "Image Information" button below the description, to display an information window. The information window has three tabs at the top to display an expanded description, the source of the image, and copyright information. Click the X in the upper right of the information window to close it. The Source tab shows where the image came from, with links to the web site that was the source of the image and (usually) a link to other pages on the Bestiary web site that provide more information. The Copyright tab shows copyright information for the image.

At the bottom of the gallery window is a row of thumbnail images, showing a preview of the image content. Click a thumbnail to open the image. If there are more thumbnails than will fit in the gallery window, you can drag left or right on any thumbnail to scroll more into view. The thumbnail row (and the caption row) will be hidden if the image is zoomed in, to leave more room for the enlarged image. Both rows will be shown again when the image is zoomed out.

Encyclopedia Pages

The Encyclopedia contains short articles on Bestiary or medieval animal subjects. The articles are often about medieval people who wrote about animals or whose writing influenced bestiary writers. It has one index, by subject. Clicking on one of the links in the first column will display the encyclopedia article. On the article page there are five tabs:

Article: The encyclopedia article.

Texts: Excerpts from books, journal articles and other materials written by or about the article subject.

Bibliography: A list of books, journal articles and other materials related to the article subject.

Manuscripts: A list of manuscripts that feature the subject of the article.

Gallery: Images related to the article, if any.

Digital Text Library Pages

The Digital Text Library contains digitized books, journal articles and other materials. All of the items in the labrary are believed to be in the public domain. Clicking on a link in the library index will display a page that describes the digital text and its author, and provides links to the downloadable digital texts. Most of the texts are available as PDF (Portable Document Format) files; you will need a PDF reader (such as Adobe Acrobat Reader) to view those. Some items also have a plain text version that can be viewed with any word processor or text editor.