You can read more about what the Bestiary† from the middle of the 13th Century had to say about crows at

†Image from Bestiary MS Bodley 764. Page 43. “Bestiary being an English version of the Bodleian Library, Oxford M.S. Bodley 764 with all the original miniatures reproduced in Facsimile. Translated and introduced by Richard Barber. The Boydell Press. Woodrifge. 1999”

18 thoughts on “Crows

  1. Striking photographs, Tim. And the accompanying text was very informative. I know more about ravens than crows (I researched ravens because they play an important role in my WIP) but I do know they are closely related, both species of the genus Corvus, and are highly intelligent.

    • Excellent! It is fascinating, especially the descriptions of animals they have only heard about.

      • I recently lent my copy to some sixth form students researching for their A level art projects.

  2. Fantastic photos and excerpt from the book, I’m going to check out the book, looks like a good read.

    • The quality facsimile of the original in Latin is very expensive, but the English translation companion is very reasonably priced and the reproductions of the artwork is very good. I think you would really enjoy the descriptions of the animals, many they knew noting about, and the Christian anecdotes that goes with each animal.

      • These are snippets from the book that I have, but there were lots of Bestiaries, so they might be mixed up a little here (I don’t remember a Raven in the one I have. I’ll have to check), I can’t say. Also not all the artwork is the same, but it gives you a nice summary of each.

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