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Detail of a miniature of a wolf, sneaking up on sheep from downwind; from a bestiary, England, c. 1200-c. 1210, Royal MS 12 C. xix, f. 19r

Detail of a miniature of a wolf, sneaking up on sheep from downwind; from a bestiary, England, c. Royal MS 12 C. xix, f.

The coot is an intelligent bird; unlike other birds it does not fly about, but stays in one place. It eats fish, but does not eat dead bodies. It builds its nest in the middle of water or on a stone surrounded by water. When it sees a storm coming it returns to its nest or dives under the water. Allegory/Moral The coot represents the man who lives according to God's will and remains within the Church, rather than straying down the path of heresy or following worldly pleasures.

The coot is an intelligent bird; unlike other birds it does not fly about, but stays in one place. It eats fish, but does not eat dead bodies. It builds its nest in the middle of water or on a stone surrounded by water. When it sees a storm coming it returns to its nest or dives under the water. Allegory/Moral The coot represents the man who lives according to God's will and remains within the Church, rather than straying down the path of heresy or following worldly pleasures.

Bestiario Harley. C. 1230-1240. Inglaterra (British Library, Harley MS 4751)

Folio When it is time to harvest the grain, ants go into the fields and climb up to the grain, where they distinguish wheat from barley by its smell and reject the barley because it is food for cattle.

Book of Hours, MS G.14 fol. 109r - Images from Medieval and Renaissance Manuscripts - The Morgan Library & Museum

Evangelist: Symbol, John -- Eagle, nimbed, stands on open book in landscape setting. Scene in decorated initial I with foliate extensions and on gold background. Book of Hours, MS fol.

Book of Hours, MS M.160 fol. 1v - Images from Medieval and Renaissance Manuscripts - The Morgan Library & Museum

Book of Hours, MS fol. - Images from Medieval and Renaissance Manuscripts - The Morgan Library & Museum

medieval manuscript -  Oxford University: Bodleian Library

Cats "looking after" birds and sleeping, from a century bestiary (MS Bodley Folio

Medieval Imago & Dies Vitae Idade Media e Cotidiano    Bestiary (known as 'The Ashmole Bestiary'). Country or nationality of origin: English. Place of origin: Peterborough (?). Date: 13th century, beginning. Image description: Detail. Caladrius (mythical bird) on king lying in bed..

Bodleian Library, The caladrius is a white bird that lives in the house of kings. It can predict wether a sick person will recover; this one looks toward the king, meaning he will get well.

Not running in circles but in a square, and even four of them!  OrleansBM ms9 pic.twitter.com/I2lzGp09CR

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Not running in circles but in a square, and even four of them! OrleansBM ms9 pic.twitter.com/I2lzGp09CR

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