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The Book of Beasts If A Serpent Swallows The Spittle Of A Fasting Man, It Dies Trees Felled In The Wrong Season Breed Termites If Eels Are Drowned In Wine, Those Who Drink It Get A Loathing For Liquor.These And Similar Flights Of Fancy Were Articles Of Faith In The Twelfth Century The Era Of The Fascinating Latin Prose Bestiary Translated In This Volume The Translator Is T H White, Author Of The Once And Future King And Outstanding Medievalist Of The Book Of Beasts, White Writes No Latin Prose Bestiary Has Ever Before Been Printed, Even In Latin This Is The First And Only English Translation In Print The Bestiary Was A Bestseller In The Middle Ages, A Kind Of Natural History Cum Zoological Survey That Presumed To Describe The Animals Of The World And To Point Out The Human Traits They Exemplified Combining The Surprisingly Accurate With The Endearingly Phantasmagorical, The Bestiarists Came Up With A Bewildering Array Of Real And Exotic Creatures The Behavior Or Attributes Of The Animals Often Functioned As A Metaphor For Teaching Religious, Moral, And Political Precepts.In Addition To A Multitude Of Real Mammals, Birds, Reptiles, And Fish, Described Here With Varying Degrees Of Zoological Accuracy, The Bestiarist Introduces A Swarm Of Fanciful Denizens Thought To Haunt The Dark Ages Manticore, A Creature With A Man S Face, A Lion S Body, And A Ravenous Appetite For Human Flesh Dragon Or Draco, The Biggest Serpent And The Embodiment Of The Devil Amphivia, A Fish That Could Walk On Land And Swim In The Sea Jaculus, A Flying Serpent The Familiarphoenix The Griffin And Other Exotic Fauna.Much Of The Charm Of This Edition Lies In The Copious Footnotes Compiled By T H White With Immense Erudition, Wit, Grace, And A Singular Lack Of Condescension, The Author Illuminates Literary, Scientific, Historical, Linguistic, And Other Aspects Of The Bestiarist S Catalog He Further Enhances The Volume With Informative Discussions Of The History Of The Bestiary From Its Origins In Remote Oral Traditions Through Herodotus, Pliny And Aristotle During The Medieval Period And The Renaissance And Up To Sir Thomas Browne S Vulgar Errors 1646 Both Amusing And Amazing, The Book Of Beasts Is Not Only A Rich Survey Of The Proto Zoology On Which Much Of Our Later Science Is Based, But Also A Revealing, Illustrated Examination Of How Pre Scientific Man Perceived The Earth S Creatures.

10 thoughts on “The Book of Beasts

  1. says:

    There is really only one Bestiary everybody who wrote one copied liberally from everyone else T.H White s translation is accompanied by numerous footnotes and a long essay at the end The footnotes often try to figure out what real animal the book could be referring to The entry on the dragon, for instance, is clearly describing...

  2. says:

    An interesting literary translation of the ancient transcriptions of historical myth and facts about animals and beasts Filled with notes in regard to Greek and Latin terminology relating to the descriptions and annotations to explain the derivative description of a real world species or how the myth of a beast might have developed The book of beasts is no

  3. says:

    Fascinating and, since the field of zoology has come a long way since the 12th century, unintentionally funny, like this description of the hyena This is an animal called the YENA, which is accustomed to live in the sepulchres of the dead and to devour their bodies Its nature is that at one moment it is masculine and at another moment feminine, and hence it

  4. says:

    A wonderful peak into the medieval mind and imagination This translation of 12th century Latin bestiary, providing first hand exposure to one of the most fascinating literary genres of its age, combining biology, fantasy, mythology, and theology into one seamless whole TH White s erudite and witty ...

  5. says:

    One of the better books I ve read on magical beasts I was thankful there was a mention of fire stones for once Interesting to compare with my other books on fantastical creatures I m still comparing notes though, it s always so hard to find reliable sources.

  6. says:

    This was a peculiar book, due to the mix of mythology, misinformation, and moralizing The author even spent a good deal of time shaking his finger at anyone who might dare criticize the lack of accuracy as being condescending, and justified the moralizing That s all fine and good, I still found it annoying However, the insights into the kinds of ideas people h

  7. says:

    It is an indispensable reading for those who try to understand the bestiary universe and the relationship between humans and nature.

  8. says:

    This is a very interesting book to read for a number of reasons Not only is it an interesting glimpse into the culture of the Middle Ages, but it can also be very entertaining to read about the bizarre things people believed about various animals all those centuries ago There are even a few mythical anima...

  9. says:

    This book is full of Medievil drawings of all animals and creaters they believed exsisted from A Z Unicorns, dragons, deer and dog Need I go on Yes, they also describe the animals quilities as they thought fit Weirdos.

  10. says:

    The way of thinking of the 12th century towards animal is needless to say completely outdated It is interesting to know how they thought, but it is muchinteresting because it made me ask myself if what we know today for truth or fact is really that.

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