Bestiary: An Illuminated Alphabet of Medieval Beasts

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9780689812460: Bestiary: An Illuminated Alphabet of Medieval Beasts

Black Dog stalks travelers on the moors, and just hearing its footsteps can kill. A single glance from a basilisk is fatal. Wyverns -- two-legged dragons with wings -- attack castles and villages from the air. Hundreds of years ago, medieval scholars believed the world was filled with strange and terrifying creatures. They wrote about them in bestiaries -- collections of facts, myths, and stories about animals. Here are twenty-six creatures from those medieval legends, from the two-headed amphisbaena to the fierce ziphius, a water-owl that preys on ships and sailors. Detailed, dramatic paintings based on illuminated manuscripts will transport you to the Middle Ages -- when much of the world was still unknown and mysterious terrors haunted the night.

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From School Library Journal:

Grade 4-8-This eye-catching picture book is for readers old enough to have acquired a sense of time past and who can appreciate the power that myth and legend can exert on the human imagination. It is, like Hunt's Illuminations (S & S, 1989), a reflection of the ideas and world view of the medieval centuries, a time when the Earth seemed full of mysterious beasts and travelers wrote tales of fantastic adventures. The author's extensive research into the history of bestiaries (as evidenced by his appended note and the lengthy bibliography) has yielded 26 brightly colored, action-filled illustrations of wondrous, and mostly fearsome, creatures. Familiar legendary beasts such as the griffin, phoenix, and sphinx share the pages with the ichneumon, ozaena, ziphius, and other curiosities. A pronunciation guide on the first page helps readers with the names, and a brief paragraph under each neatly framed picture explains the powers and peculiar habits of the storied creatures. A decorative map on the endpapers shows the known world of the Middle Ages and the location of each reported marvel. Fun to read because of the fabulous creatures and the accounts of their often-bizarre appetites and reported ferocity, this book offers an engaging pictorial supplement to studies of the Middle Ages or units on legends and myths.
Shirley Wilton, Ocean County College, Toms River, NJ
Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From Kirkus Reviews:

In this companion to Hunt's Illuminations, fearful horrors mix with benevolent beasts, populating an alphabet book that should provide many hours of discovery. Hunt explains how fantastic animals were combined with actual ones in bestiaries, and why; he gives reasonable explanations for the curious inventions of these imaginary creations. After a map of the medieval world, every entry in the alphabet is given a page or a spread, as in the case of the ``most feared'' creature of the ocean depths, the Kraken. Among the beasts are the firedrake, the basilisk, the nycticorax, and an intriguing unicornfar different from the glowing white steed-like creature of most lore. Hunt's tone is steady and somber, whether the information is horrible, whimsical, or medicinal in nature (e.g., ``a griffin's feather could cure blindness''). The details are entertaining, scary, and marvelous. A long author's note attests to Hunt's enthusiasm, and a bibliography underscores his scholarship, but readers will be delighted most by his two renderings of the not-so- mythical beast known as an artist, shown once in medieval garb and working with quills, and once in blue jeans, perched on an articulated office chair. (Picture book. 5-9) -- Copyright ©1998, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.

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