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.

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.

Medieval Bestiary : The Bestiary of Anne Walshe. The girl who has just betrayed the unicorn seems to show remorse (Figure 17).

Medieval Bestiary : The Bestiary of Anne Walshe. The girl who has just betrayed the unicorn seems to show remorse (Figure 17).

Deer hunting.Stuttgarter Psalter, (c.820-30) Wuttemburg State Library  (Cod. bibl. fol. 23) p.45

Deer hunting.Stuttgarter Psalter, (c.820-30) Wuttemburg State Library (Cod. bibl. fol. 23) p.45

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

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

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

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

Maiden with Unicorn in her lap, Knight in armour kills Unicorn. bas de page, England 14th cent.. YT 13. Brit. Lib.

Maiden with Unicorn in her lap, Knight in armour kills Unicorn. bas de page, England 14th cent.. YT 13. Brit. Lib.

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.

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.

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