Fountains Abbey bestiary
Gift of Alastair Bradley Martin, 1958
Left Page (Fol. 1v)
Tiger: A hunter uses a mirror to distract a tiger while he steals away her two cubs.
Pard: A pard—a fierce mythical feline with a mottled coat—is depicted here with a humanoid face and beard.
Panther: The charismatic panther attracts animals with its fragrant breath.
Right Page (Fol. 2r)
Unicorn: A unicorn is lured by a maiden to her lap so that a male hunter can drive his spear through its flank.
Lynx: A lynx makes a puddle of urine, which was believed to harden into a precious stone.
Griffin: A griffin—part lion, part eagle—strikes a heraldic pose.
Elephant: A war elephant, which the text tells us is as big as a mountain, bears on its back a European-style crenelated castle guarded by two soldiers.