Medieval Menagerie: Unicorns

“The unicorn is too strong to be caught by hunters, except by a trick: if a virgin girl is placed in front of a unicorn and she bares her breast to it, all of its fierceness will cease and it will lay its head on her bosom, and thus quieted is easily caught.”

~ Saint Isidore of Seville, Etymologies, Book 12, 2:12-13

Unicorn, Luttrell Psalter, 2nd quarter of the 14th century, Add 42130 f. 15r

Unicorn, Luttrell Psalter, 2nd quarter of the 14th century, Add 42130 f. 15r

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