1179, Bestiary, MS M.81 fol. 12v - Unicorn and Virgin. It is not always the virgin who catches the unicorn, leading it gently to the king. Although it was her maidenly presence that lured and bemused the beast, brutal hunters prostrate the defenceless creature.
Blog: 'The Roving Medievalist'. Celebrating the beauty of life, the glory of art, and the miraculous wonders of humanity, while declaring war on fusspots and prisspots everywhere, and having a lot of fun in the process. the Aberdeen Bestiary
Medieval Unicorn - The unicorn of midieval times is said to be a wild beast which is impossible to tame. In fact the only way to tame one is to lay a virgin maiden as bait and wait until a unicorn wanders along and lays its head in her lap. Although much of the unicorn art that comes from this time depicts the maiden having tricked the unicorn by trapping him for an accomplice to slay
A maiden holds the unicorn by its horn while gesturing to the hunter, who is bloodily killing the beast with a sword. This manuscript also has an image for the monocerus. Museum Meermanno, MMW, 10 B 25, Folio 4v
1130-1140, Water Unicorn from the painted ceiling of the Church of St. Martin at Zillis in the Grisos, Switzerland. The water Unicorn shown here is part of a frieze of demonic sea creatures in the ocean surrounding the solid earth.