For two and a half thousand years, unicorns have inspired, enchanted and eluded humanity. The beast appears in Old Testament texts and Greek and Roman natural histories; Christians adopted it as a symbol of Christ, the middle-ages as a symbol of courtly love.
For two and a half thousand years, unicorns have inspired, enchanted and eluded humanity. The beast appears in Old Testament texts and Greek and Roman natural histories; Christians adopted it as a symbol of Christ, the middle-ages as a symbol of courtly love. A brisk trade was had in unicorn parts in Medieval and Renaissance times and travellers reported sightings into the modern era. Where did the unicorn come from, and how was it accepted as part of the animal kingdom for so long?
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'Unless you keep on saying that you believe in fairies, Tinker Bell will check out, and what's more, her sad demise will be your fault! 'A mind opening work of intricate scholarship. If unicorns do exist I hope they never catch one. A great read that will grace my library' - David Bellamy 'Intriguing ... The history of a non-existent animal is, by definition, a series of diversions from actuality, and, by reversing that trajectory, Lavers' book takes us to some fascinating places' Financial Times 'Lively, compelling, full of anecdote, wry scepticism and an honest humility about the things it is simply impossible for us to know for certain' Guardian 'Scholarly and continually absorbing - highly original and stylish - Everything you need to know about unicorns is here. Lovely' Spectator
About Chris Lavers
Chris Lavers is a lecturer in the School of Geography, University of Nottingham. He is the author of Why Elepahnts Have Big Ears (2000), which has been translated into several languages. He has written for the Spectator, New Statesman and the Guardian. He publishes in scientific and historical journals in the fields of animal and plant ecology and natural history.
The Natural History Of Unicorns by Chris Lavers
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