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The Oxford Companion to Local and Family History
David HeyDavid Hey

A moralizing treatise on beasts written during the Middle Ages. Real and imaginary beasts were thought to have medicinal powers and spiritual qualities which the reader was urged to emulate. Bestiaries were a source of inspiration for the sculptors who adorned Norman churches (especially the tympanum and corbel tables) with carvings of animals. A famous example is Kilpeck church (Herefordshire).... ...

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