By Richard Barber
Bestiaries are a very attribute made of medieval England, and provides a special perception into the medieval brain. Richly illuminated and lavishly produced, they have been luxurious gadgets for noble households. Their three-fold function was once to supply a traditional historical past of birds, beasts and fishes, to attract ethical examples from animal behaviour (the industrious bee, the obdurate ass), and to bare a paranormal which means - the phoenix, for example, as a logo ofChrist's resurrection. This Bestiary, MS. Bodley 764, used to be produced round the center of the 13th century and is of singular attractiveness and curiosity. The vigorous illustrations have the liberty and naturalistic qualityof the later Gothic variety, and make amazing use of color. This publication reproduces the 136 illuminations to a similar measurement and within the related position because the unique manuscript, becoming the textual content round them. Richard Barber's translation from the unique Latin is a pride to learn, taking pictures either the intense motive of the manuscript and its appeal.