The Medieval Period Of The Middle Ages

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The Medieval Bestiary
During the middle Ages there was thought to be a spiritual aspect to animals – real and imaginary. The bestiary was an odd compilation, even to today 's standards. It combined observations from nature, zoological commentaries, imaginative illustrations and a good dose of moral and religious lessons to bind it all together. In a time where there was no distinct separation between church and science, it seems almost natural that a book like the bestiary evolved from such an unlikely union. Animal stories were very popular throughout the world. The people alive during this period time were dependent on wild and domesticated animals for their survival. This lead to an obvious interest in the animals around them. The first book to write about animals was called the physiologus, which was a popular collection of ‘moralized beast tales’. The Physiologus played a big part in medieval iconography and influenced the medieval bestiary massively. The medieval period was very focused on religion time. In Western Europe, the religion was Christianity. Christians practised the Old Testament, which refers to animals and how they’re sacred:
‘In the Christian west, it was commonly believed that the natural world, the so-called "book of nature", had been arranged as it was by God to provide a source of instruction to humanity: "But ask the animals, and they will teach you, or the birds of the air, and they will tell you; or speak to the earth, and it will teach you, or…
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