The true story of the unicorn - And all those who believed in its existence
...The belief in its existence lasted from the Middle Ages until the end of the Renaissance. Its horn was endowed with magical powers and counterpoisonous virtues that made it one of the most expensive and renowned remedies during the Renaissance.
Unicorn powder was still found in apothecaries at the end of the 18th century. Scholarly works on unicorns appeared from the end of the 16th century to the 19th century.
It was mentioned in the stories of travellers who had met her in distant countries, difficult to access, in this mythical Orient. Some of these "unicorns" were natural phenomena (only one of a mammal's two horns sometimes develops), others were creations of Himalayan or Mongolian shamans who twisted and welded the still tender horns of a young antelope or angora goat.
While no one believes in the physical existence of the unicorn anymore, a belief in "spiritual" unicorns persists today in the New Age trend.
The unicorn is frequently associated, in the collective imagination, with Merlin, the Brocéliande forest, and Celtic legends. It remains a source of inspiration for authors and creators of popular culture, particularly works of literature from the imaginary, fantasy cinema, the wonderful, the fantastic and role-playing.
This album, richly illustrated with period engravings, traces the history of this mythical animal in the West and throughout the world, which spoke of it as a real animal and not as a legendary being...
Desinge & Hugo & Cie Publishing
- Dimensions :
- 18,3 x 24,3 x 3 cm
- Museum :
- Musée de Cluny - Musée du Moyen-Age
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