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British Library, Add MS 62925, detail of f. 58v. Psalter, Use of Sarum (‘The Rutland Psalter’). c. 1260

Bathing cat - medieval French proverb 'aussi aise que ung chat qui ce baingne'. Book of hours, Rouen 15th century (Paris, BnF, Nouvelle acquisition latine 3134, fol. 18v) Discarding images

Hunting scene. Egerton 2388 Author Jean Benard Title Account of the Norman noblemen who accompanied William the Conqueror to England in 1066; a treatise on Elizabethan heraldry and genealogy; and an account on the Court of Queen Elizabeth Origin France, Central (Paris) Date 1569

Albrecht Dürer -1521

Albrecht Duerer - Drawings

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Creatures and cannibals. Treatise on the Vices. British Library, London. Add ms 28841 fol 3r. 165x102. I love this one. Firstly there is the white bear. There is a period reference to a man (northern europe I believe) having a white bear in his menagerie. Whether it is an albino or a polar bear is unclear. Secondly, that is a bactrian camel. THis is Asian not middle easter as most camels were.Thirdly, there seems to be some confusion over giraffes and zebras. Somehow I find that delightful.

Albrecht Duerer - Drawings

Albrecht Duerer - Drawings

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Grandes Heures d'Anne de Bretagne. Reliure galuchat noir datée de 1684

Insects, Basil Thyme, and Land Snails (detail), Joris Hoefnagel, Georg Bocskay, 1591-96, script 1561-62

'Hours of Engelbert of Nassau', Flanders ca. 1470-1490. Bodleian Library, MS. Douce 219, fol. 96v

A tiny drawing of a kangaroo curled in the letters of a 16th-century Portuguese manuscript could rewrite Australian history. The document, ...

Detail of a miniature of a man riding on a donkey, head in hand, across a bridge, as a personification of Idleness (Peresse), in the Penitential Psalms, from The Dunois Hours, France (Paris), c. 1339 – c. 1450, Yates Thompson MS 3, f. 162r

Giraffe with a super bendy neck… Bench end at St Mary's, Dennington.

Dennington, St Mary's. Only medieval tortoise.

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ST Mary's Dennington, Sciapod

Cartmel Priory, Cumbria Misericord, 1430-40 - leaf design - unicorn, probably with its horn in water, i.e. purifying it, a reference to bap...

Great St Marys Armrest - a unicorn

Country: Great Britain Site: Greystoke, Church, St.-Andrew Sequence: S-8 Subject: Animal, Fantastic: Unicorn and Virgin Date: 14c. - 17c.

Country: Great Britain Site: Greystoke, Church, St.-Andrew Sequence: S-8 Subject: Animal, Fantastic: Unicorn and Virgin Date: 14c. - 17c.

Country: Great Britain Site: Lincoln, Cathedral Sequence: SWH-2 Subject: Animal, Fantastic: Unicorn and Virgin Date: 1370

Country: Great Britain Site: Lincoln, Cathedral Sequence: SWH-2 Subject: Animal, Fantastic: Unicorn and Virgin Date: 1370 REMNANT G.L., A C...

Country: Great Britain Site: Lincoln, Cathedral Sequence: SWH-1 Subject: Legend, Tristan and Isolde Date: 1370 REMNANT G.L., A Catalogue of...