Scenes From A Painted Bestiary

Medieval bestiaries were the David Attenboroughs of their time, though they were inaccurate as well as hugely popular.

Descriptions of the cute and not-so-cute beasts reveal the bizarre workings of the medieval mind.

But do our present ideas get any nearer to the truth of what animals are all about?

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Medieval bestiaries were the David Attenboroughs of their time, though they were inaccurate as well as hugely popular.

Descriptions of the cute and not-so-cute beasts reveal the bizarre workings of the medieval mind.

But do our present ideas get any nearer to the truth of what animals are all about?

1999122519991226

Medieval bestiaries were the David Attenboroughs of their time, though they were inaccurate as well as hugely popular.

Descriptions of the cute and not-so-cute beasts reveal the bizarre workings of the medieval mind.

But do our present ideas get any nearer to the truth of what animals are all about?