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pdf The Book of Beasts: Being a Translation from a Latin Bestiary of the 12th Century, ebook The Book of Beasts: Being a Translation from a Latin Bestiary of the 12th Century, epub The Book of Beasts: Being a Translation from a Latin Bestiary of the 12th Century, doc The Book of Beasts: Being a Translation from a Latin Bestiary of the 12th Century, e-pub The Book of Beasts: Being a Translation from a Latin Bestiary of the 12th Century, The Book of Beasts: Being a Translation from a Latin Bestiary of the 12th Century 859c21595e5 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 LiquorThese 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 PreceptsIn 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 FaunaMuch 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 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: Being a Translation from a Latin Bestiary of the 12th Century

  1. 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 not a story, nor is it a linear form of text but rather a compilation of information broken down into categories of a few chapters and Greek, Latin or English names of Animals and Beasts from reality and fiction A great read for anyone interested in animals or creatures, as it provides a great deal of information that could lend itself to creativity in art or a good source of knowledge for literature.

  2. 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 a boa constrictor in this version The monk who wrote it clearly liked and identified with bees how they all did their jobs, and lived in little cells, and worked for the good if the community If you ve never read a bestiary, you really should at least once otherwise you re missing a lot of allusions in Shakespeare and other literature from the 1200s though the 1800s Every animal has its moral lesson It s like zoology by way of Sunday School.

  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 is a dirty brute White 31.Or this one There is an animal called an ELEPHANT, which has no desire to copulate 24.Enhanced by charmingly inaccurate illustrations from the original manuscript and White s humorous footnotes.

  4. says:

    Certainly interesting from an historical perspective particularly the bat crap crazy and wholly inaccurate explanations natural histories of the critters.

  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 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 animals featured T.H White enhances the experience with his insightful and often humorous footnotes, which not only provide extra information, but add a personal element as well The original illustrations depicting the animals range from the faithfully rendered to the comically inaccurate as in the case of the crocodile and the elephant , but all are quite elegant in their distinctly medieval style I think T.H White s translation of the bestiary is an overlooked classic that deserves much recognition than it seems to get It was a very enjoyable read for me, and would probably be enjoyed by fans of classics, history buffs, and anyone interested in the strange and fantastical.

  7. 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 had about various creatures are interesting White calls this a science book, but that seems a bit of a stretch, since it is a collection of claims, and doesn t really provide any kind of theoretical framework Worth reading from a historical perspective.

  8. 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 commentary, as ever, further elevates the whole thing.

  9. says:

    I wonder what the middle ages would make of a modern biology textbook Witchcraft, most likely This is a book of science, as far as they knew, with helpful hints and medicinal know how Nowadays, we d be likely to call THAT witchcraft

  10. says:

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

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