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A sad lion. The odd spikey shape above its back does not appear to be its tail, though what it is meant to be is not clear.

A sad lion. The odd spikey shape above its back does not appear to be its tail, though what it is meant to be is not clear.

remember to feed the dragons this winter!‘And in Sicily there is a manner of serpent, by the which men assay and prove, whether their children be bastards or no, or of lawful marriage: for if they be born in right marriage, the serpents go about them, and do them no harm, and if they be born in avoutry, the serpents bite them and envenom them. And thus many wedded men prove if the children be their own.’ (Mandeville)Compilation of the travel writings (including Marco Polo, Joh

remember to feed the dragons this winter!‘And in Sicily there is a manner of serpent, by the which men assay and prove, whether their children be bastards or no, or of lawful marriage: for if they be born in right marriage, the serpents go about them, and do them no harm, and if they be born in avoutry, the serpents bite them and envenom them. And thus many wedded men prove if the children be their own.’ (Mandeville)Compilation of the travel writings (including Marco Polo, Joh

Conception of Alexander the Great, Les faize d’ Alexandre (translation of Historiae Alexandri Magni of Quintus Curtius Rufus), Bruges ca. 1468-1475 (British Library, Burney 169, fol. 14r)

Bizarre and vulgar illustrations from illuminated medieval manuscripts

Conception of Alexander the Great, Les faize d’ Alexandre (translation of Historiae Alexandri Magni of Quintus Curtius Rufus), Bruges ca. 1468-1475 (British Library, Burney 169, fol. 14r)

Vain pig wearing a conic hannin and playing a harp, from British Library MS Harley 4379

Vain pig wearing a conic hannin and playing a harp, from British Library MS Harley 4379

“Nectanebo sotto forma di drago bacia Olimpia mentre è a tavola con re Filippo”, miniatura tratta dal codice ’Roman d’Alexandre en Prose’ (inizi del XIV secolo), British Library, Londra.

“Nectanebo sotto forma di drago bacia Olimpia mentre è a tavola con re Filippo”, miniatura tratta dal codice ’Roman d’Alexandre en Prose’ (inizi del XIV secolo), British Library, Londra.

lionDecretum Gratiani with the commentary of Bartolomeo da Brescia, Toulouse ca. 1340-1350Avignon, Bibliothèque municipale, ms. 659, fol. 2r

lionDecretum Gratiani with the commentary of Bartolomeo da Brescia, Toulouse ca. 1340-1350Avignon, Bibliothèque municipale, ms. 659, fol. 2r

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