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September 2021 News

Newsletter

A dragon, a skylark and an owl walk into a bar.... I'm not sure where this is going but these creatures appear on some of the manuscript leaves in our latest Newsletter.  Click here Newsletter to read it.  Some of the items are sold, but email your interest in an item anyway and it may be available.

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Medieval dragon symbolism

For most God-fearing people in the fourteenth century, the dragon was a real creature: a reptilian, winged, fire-breathing creature aligned with Satan, the bearer of death and misfortune and, significantly, the evil of paganism.
The dragons depicted in Books of Hours leaves may well have been included in the illuminations as a reminder to the devout reader of the evils associated with the creature and to direct him or her to the safety and truth of the holy text where salvation was to be found.


Enter "dragon" in the Search Box at top right to see a number of leaves that include dragons.

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