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Medieval Bestiaries and their Original Purpose
May 19, 2019 • 4:00 pm PDT
Take a journey back in time to where wild things told stories. A “descriptive or anecdotal treatise on various real or mythical kinds of animals, especially a medieval work with a moralizing tone,” bestiaries are among the most enchanting and endearing of all illuminated manuscripts. Renowned manuscript expert Christopher de Hamel looks at what a bestiary comprises and where these manuscripts were made. He asks the bigger question of what their original purpose was and how bestiaries were used by their owners. The answers take us into the medieval understanding of the creation of the world.
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