Attitudes Towards Nature It is hard to understand the medieval attitude toward nature


Bestiary was far more than a simple animal encyclopedia



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Bestiary was far more than a simple animal encyclopedia

  • Bestiaries served a double purpose - there was a moral lesson for each animal



    • Symbolism of plants and animals was more important than their reality

    • Medieval physicians believed in the Doctrine of Signatures

    • The appearance of plants and other natural objects were a clue from the creator as to their medicinal use


    • Liverworts resembled the human liver - were used to treat liver disease

    • What do you suppose they used walnuts for?

    • Diseases of the brain!


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