1887
Volume 32, Issue 1
  • ISSN 0925-4757
  • E-ISSN: 1569-9951
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Abstract

Abstract

The is a bovid that in medieval folklore was believed to live in Bohemia. It defended itself against hunters by spraying them with boiling and corrosive water stored in a dewlap beneath its neck. First appearing in the learned tradition with Bartholomaeus Anglicus’ , it then shows up in a richly illustrated geographical and wonders treatise, the () of about 1380. This work is a Middle French translation of a small portion (on wonders of various regions of the world) of Pierre Bersuire’s collection . The only visual representations of the are to be found in the . I argue that both in its written and in its visual existence, the is the offspring of two different animals, also more or less imaginary, the of the Bestiary and the other, the , or wild ass, though a very unusual form of that animal.

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