[Useful Site] Medieval Bestiary: Digital Text Library

The Digital Text Library is a collection of mostly out of print and difficult to find books and articles relating to animals in the Middle Ages. The originals of the texts listed here are believed to be in the public domain. They have been scanned from the original sources and converted to digital text (not page images), then carefully proofread and corrected. Any images have been digitally enhanced and are shown at high resolution. All of the texts are fully searchable, and since they are real text, not page images, portions can be copied and pasted into other documents.

The digital text catalog below is listed in alphabetical order by title, but you can sort it by any column by clicking the column heading. Clicking on the title will take you to the introduction page of the text, from where you can view or download the text. You can also search this entire site, using the Google search engine, to find texts of interest by keyword.

An Account of the Μυρμηκολέων or Ant-lion Druce 1923 PDF
Animal Symbolism in Ecclesiastical Architecture Evans 1896 PDF
Animals in English Wood Carving Druce 1914 PDF
Le Bestiaire de Gervaise Meyer 1872 PDF
Bestiaries and Lapidaries Kuhns 1896 PDF
The Bestiary (Eton College Natural History Society) James 1931 PDF, Text
The Bestiary (History) James 1932 PDF, Text
The Bestiary of Philippe de Thaon Wright 1841 PDF, Text
Birds and Beasts of the Greek Anthology Douglas 1928 PDF
The Caladrius and its Legend, Sculptured Upon the Twelfth-Century Doorway of Alne Church, Yorkshire Druce 1912 PDF
The Early English Bestiary Morris 1872 PDF
The Elephant in Medieval Legend and Art Druce 1919 PDF
An Encyclopedist of the Dark Ages: Isidore of Seville Brehaut 1912 PDF
The History of Reynard the Fox Caxton / Morley 1889 PDF, Text
Introduction to Queen Mary’s Psalter: Miniatures and Drawings by an English Artist of the 14th Century Reproduced from Royal MS. 2 B. VII in the British Museum Warner 1912 PDF, Text
The Medieval Bestiaries Allen 1887 PDF
On the Legend of the Serra or Saw-Fish Druce 1919 PDF
The Old English Physiologus Cook 1921 PDF
Physiologus: A Metrical Bestiary of Twelve Chapters by Bishop Theobald Rendell 1928 PDF
Reynard the Fox Guerber 1896 PDF, Text
Some Twelfth-Century Animal Carvings and their Sources in the Bestiaries Collins 1940 PDF
S. P. N. Epiphanii, Episcopi Constantiæ Cypri, ad Physiologum Migne 1864 PDF, Text
Symbolism of Animals and Birds Represented in English Church Architecture Collins 1913 PDF
The Symbolism of the Goat on The Norman Font at Thames Ditton Druce 1908 PDF

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