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  • Bestiaro Bestiary [*]
    Online exhibit featuring images from French bestiaries of the Middle Ages. From the Bibliotheque Nationale de France.
  • The Aberdeen Bestiary [*]
    Online versions of the Physiologus with images, translations, and editorial comments.
  • The Medieval Bestiary [*]
    Records some of the animal stories and depictions that were immensely popular throughout Europe, North Africa, and the Middle East during the Middle Ages.
  • Bestiary - Wikipedia
    Hyperlinked article about the medieval book that has short descriptions of various real or imaginary animals, birds, and even rocks.
  • Bestiaries - Catholic Encyclopedia
    Information about medieval bestiaries, books of real and mythical animals whose characteristics were figuratively treated as religious symbols of Christ, the devil, the virtues and vices.
  • Medieval Bestiaries and the Birth of Zoology
    Traces zoological writing from a 5th-century manuscript known as the Physiologus to illustrated bestiary manuscripts to modern treatises.
  • What Is a Bestiary?
    Traces the origins of bestiary, various families of bestiary text, and cycles.
  • The Physiologus - Wikipedia
    Medieval poetical literature which described animals, birds, fantastic creatures, stones, and plants, together with the moral and symbolic qualities of the animals.
  • Middle English Physiologus: A Critical Translation and Commentary (PDF)
    A modern translation of the Middle English Physiologus.
  • Bestiaries
    Describes the development of bestiaries during the Middle Ages and explains the symbolism of different animals.
  • Bestiary - Encyclopedia Mythica
    Collection of old European stories, each based on a description of certain qualities of an animal, plant, or even stone.
  • Red Winged Lion: An Illuminated Page in the Style of Aberdeen
    Explains how bestiaries evolved as a literary form during the Middle Ages and describes the making of a modern bestiary page.
  • Bestiary: A Book of Beasts
    Text of T. H. White's English translation of a 12th century bestiary. From the University of Wisconsin.
  • British Library: Harley 4751
    Offers a bibliographic description and images from a 13th century bestiary.
  • Sancti Epiphanii ad Physiologus / Saint Epiphianius on the Physiologus
    Online facsimile of a 1588 edition of the Physiologus, a set of moralized animal stories which were the basis of the medieval bestiary. From the University of Victoria.
  • Royal Danish Library: Bestiarius GKS 1633
    Online version of a 15th century bestiary illustrated with more than 100 drawings.
  • Royal Danish Library: Philippe de Thaon's Bestiary, GKS 3466
    Online version of de Thaon's c. 1300 guide to animals and their characteristics.
  • The History of Animals by Aristotle
    Aristotle's zoological natural history book, Historia Animalium, which describes various species and their anatomies including fish, shellfish, and other animals. Translation by D'Arcy Wentworth Thompson.

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