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Restitution of Decayed Intelligence

Concerning the most noble, and renowned English nation

by Verstegan, Richard (1605)

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 ...it was clearly written to praise the early Saxons which is evident by the glossary of Anglo-Saxon words (which is more than half the book).

While all of those historical matters are pertinent and desirable to this book, the most curious draw of this work is Verstegen’s descriptions of werewolves!

“The werewolves are certayne sorcerers, not only unto the view of others they seem as wolves, but to their own thinking they have both the shape and nature of wolves.”

It also includes a description of the legend of the Pied Piper of Hamelin.

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Paris, Bible. Mazarine, ms. 313, f. 1 (detail)
Historial Bible
Paris, first quarter of the 15th century

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Medieval book Archive :)

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Ulisse Aldrovandi (11 September 1522 – 4 May 1605) was an Italian naturalist, the moving force behind Bologna's botanical garden, one of the first in Europe. Carl Linnaeus and the comte de Buffon reckoned him the father of natural history studies. He is usually referred to, especially in older scientific literature in Latin, as Aldrovandus; his name in Italian is equally given as Aldroandi.

Aldrovandi wrote many books.  Even better, he had hand drawn illustrations in each book. He documented creatures from all over the world that existed in the 16th century.

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I am currently reading his book:

Natural History of Snakes and Dragons

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This is a fabulous book!  I struggled to get a good translation through Google Translate.  I started using Google Lens and the book is much easier easier to read.

This book was printed in 1640, many years after he died.

He discusses the size, color, temperament of dragons and where they live.  Some lived in the Alps, many in Africa, many in India.  Dragons who lived in hotter climates were more poisonous.   There was a dragon who lived near the Tower of Babel. The king was not happy the neighboring king was sacrificing lambs etc to Bal.  He had the tower dragon killed. 

Some Dragons had feathers.  Some had spots. Blacks in Africa were scared of the Dragons; African Dragons were large and killed elephants.  There were no Dragons in France but there were Dragons in Germany and Baltic countries.

St.George was not the only Saint to kill a dragon.

Etc etc etc.

I love this book.

If someone printed this book in English, it would sell like crazy!!! 

 

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