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Lessons on Illusion from the Books of Beasts

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Medieval Europeans believed that God revealed valuable lessons in morality to humanity through nature itself. A very popular way of teaching those lessons — through a bit of church intervention — were books called Bestiaries, or “Books of Beasts.” Now, I hasten to add that by “nature” and “lessons of morality” I mean the often imaginary nature created by priests and monks… Read More »Lessons on Illusion from the Books of Beasts