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Two points to observe about this account : Gerald does not mention a tree from
which the geese grew, but clearly describes the barnacles often found on floating
timbers. He calls them Bernacae, which is the Celtic name for the shell-fish.
This may be the origin of the 'gum' and the 'viscous humour' mentioned by Gerald
and Neckham. Another sceptic was the Emperor Frederick II of Hohenstaufen, at
whose court in Sicily the new learning of the Arabs was much in vogue.
Professor Max Miiller and Edward Armstrong have also tried to show that the
myth is of Jewish origin : but the sources they have traced antedate Gerald de
Barri, and seem to me to have depended on his original report. The myth
appeared in ...
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I like a bestiary, and this is a nice one. It covers the more familiar mythical beasts, such as the unicorn, manticore, basilisk and co., but also the somewhat less well known, such as the barometz ... Read full review