Author: Thierry Buquet

Reinardus, 2016, vol. 28

Yearbook of the International Reynard Society, Volume 28 (2016) Table of Contents À propos du corbeau dans la traduction des Vaticinia de summis pontificibus par Jean Miélot: quelques questions littéraires et philologiques, Elisabetta Barale (1-22) La métamorphose des Minéides en chauves-souris dans l’Ovide moralisé, Angela Calenda (23-30) Langue et parole de la serpente...

Aquatic Animals and Monsters of the Northern Seas: Programme (Cerisy-La-Salle, May 31-June 2017)

The Colloquium is devoted to the history of fish, aquatic monsters and mammals in the northern seas (the English Channel, North Sea, Baltic Sea, Norwegian Sea, the North Atlantic), from antiquity to 1600. The colloquium is structured in five topics: Zoological Knowledge: Naming Describing, Identifying Sea products: fishing, eating, transforming Iconography: representing marine...

Conference: The Reception of the Physiologus in Mediaeval Encyclopaedias (Paris, June 14th, 2017)

Journée d’études « La réception du Physiologus dans les encyclopédies médiévales » Demi-journée d’études sur l’utilisation du Physiologus dans les encyclopédies médiévales, organisée le 14 juin 2017 à l’Institut de recherche et d’histoire des textes, dans le cadre du projet SourcEncyMe et du Groupe de recherche international Zoomathia. À l’occasion du colloque international “The Physiologus...

Majnun visited in the desert by his mother and Salim (Sanwlah). Various animals gathered around them., British Library, Or.12208, f.150b, 16th C.

Animals in the medieval and Ottoman Islamic World. A work in progress bibliography

This is the very first version of a bibliography on history of animals in the (Medieval and Ottoman Muslim world. Please send comments at medievalanimal@gmail.com and buquet.zarafa@gmail.com. If people are interested, we could organized a work-group on Zotero.org to share a bibliography with specialists from various origins and topics (hunting, falconry, veterinary medicine,...

Arab and Ottoman Menageries

The history of Arab menageries remains to be written. Gustave Loisel briefly touches upon it in his dusty and mediocre overview, particularly the Ottoman menageries of Constantinople (Loisel 1912, I, 184­-187). L. Keimer’s long article on Cairo skims over the menageries of the Middle Ages and the Renaissance (Keimer 1954, 87–89). Though only a few...

Conrad Gesner, Icones animalium, Zurich: Froschauer, 1553, p. 28

Impressions from the International Conference “Animals and Words” (Darmstadt, May 26-27, 2014)

Animaliter is an international research network, which acronym means ‘Animal in literature’. The core team gathers scholars from Germany, Belgium, the Netherlands and Switzerland. Animaliter’s main research project is to publish an on-line encyclopaedia of animals found in medieval literature (in Romance, Latin, German and Scandinavian languages). Many scholars from many countries (Italy,...

Fact Checking: Can Ostriches Digest Iron?

There were many different legends in the Middle Ages about imaginary beasts and many imaginary properties ascribed to real animals. One of these most striking properties concerns the ostrich’s ability to eat and digest iron. Originally, there were some observations stating that the ostrich, like many birds, eat stones. But this bird is...

Detail of the Tapestry of the Lady and the unicorn, Musée de Cluny, Paris

Preventing “Monkey Business”. Fettered Apes in the Middle Ages

The practice of keeping monkeys and apes in captivity during the Middle Ages, mainly as pets, is well known. Janson, in his classical study, Apes and Ape lore in the Middle Ages and the Renaissance (Janson 1952), dedicates a chapter to this topic (“The Fettered Ape”, chap. V, p. 145-162). He has a symbolic approach...