Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

Trinity College has lent two manuscripts to a fabulous new exhibition at the J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles. Book of Beasts: The Bestiary in the Medieval World looks at the imaginative world of the medieval bestiary. A bestiary is a compendium of animals – mythical and real – which usually highlights the religious or moral significance of the depicted beasts. They were very popular texts in the medieval period as devotional reading and for entertainment. Trinity’s bestiary is found within a composite manuscript, R.14.9. Below is a sample of some of the beasts contained within it.

The College has also loaned a 14th-century Herbal (O.2.48).

O.2.48, ff.39v-40r

The exhibition runs until 18th August 2019. A blog to accompany the exhibition can be read here.