Lost Splendor

Past and present by an archives student and new Bostonian. @freifraufitz

Bonnacon and Boar, Northumberland Bestiary c. 1250-1250 via Getty Open Content Program
When viewing this manuscript, you might consider the following: What variety of horrible exchange is going on in this manuscript? What unseemly creature am I seeing right now?
Let’s talk about the Bonnacon:
"The bonnacon (also called the bonacon or the bonasus) is a mythical animal from Asia. It has curled horns and when startled sprays acidic dung that burns on contact with skin “like a kind of fire”. The legend may be based on a type of bison in reality.” via Wikipedia, Bonnacon
Medieval manuscripts are serious business, guys. /throwing up hands in abandon

Bonnacon and Boar, Northumberland Bestiary c. 1250-1250 via Getty Open Content Program

When viewing this manuscript, you might consider the following: What variety of horrible exchange is going on in this manuscript? What unseemly creature am I seeing right now?

Let’s talk about the Bonnacon:

"The bonnacon (also called the bonacon or the bonasus) is a mythical animal from Asia. It has curled horns and when startled sprays acidic dung that burns on contact with skin “like a kind of fire”. The legend may be based on a type of bison in reality.” via Wikipedia, Bonnacon

Medieval manuscripts are serious business, guys. /throwing up hands in abandon

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