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This story, so curiously circumstantial, is in a very different class to such other
medieval tales as that of Melusina of Lusignan, in whom everyone in France
once believed. The details of her story were collected by Jean d' Arras in his
'These superstitions,' he concludes, 'may have formed the basis of the stories of
the griffins and ants as large as dogs. ... As with the strange story of the giant ants
, with which I will deal in another chapter, there were real facts behind the story.
The story goes on : we are told of the creature's poisonous breath, and how the
citizens sacrificed from their herds to keep it away from the city walls. When there
were no more animals, they began to choose by lot from among their sons and ...
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - Michael.Rimmer - LibraryThing
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