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The following annotated bibliography on werewolves and lycanthropes was written by Martine Evans for Dr. Wheeler's English 199 Class ("Writings About Medieval Monsters") on July 19, 2001. It includes two entries later added by Dr. Wheeler.

 

Annotated Bibliography on Unicorns

Birrell, Anne. Chinese Mythology. The John Hopkins University Press 1993.

This book is a historical recollection of myths about Ki-Rin (Chinese Unicorns) and other mythological beliefs in the Orient.

Golfredsen, Lise. The Unicorn. New York: Abbeville Press, 1999.

Unicorns in art, Medieval Civilization. A broad view of unicorns in art and medieval culture. Goes into possible origin of unicorns and why they were "sacred" to medieval people.

Finney, Patricia. Unicorn's Blood. New York: Picador USA, 1998.

Great Britain, History of Elizabethan period (1558-1603), historical fiction. Elaborates upon the Christian allegorical significance of the unicorn, its sacrifice in particular and the "holiness" of its blood.

Salvatore, Cavallo Adolfo. The Unicorn Tapestries at The Metropolitan Museum of Art. New York: The Museum; H. N. Abrams, 1998.

Hunt of the unicorn, Gothic tapestries. France, art and myth combined. Explains the human/medieval fascination with unicorns and why they may have actually been "tall tales" or folklore relating to observations of rhinoceroses.

Shepherd, Odell. The Lore of the Unicorn. 1930; rpt., London, 1942.

[Not Yet Examined, Unavailable at Knight Library]

South, Malcolm. Mythical and Fabulous Beasts: A Source Book and Research Guide. NY: Greenwood P, 1987.

Absolutely indispensable. A treasure-hoard of information. Has a glossary of some of the more important fabulous creatures, and will make a great starting spot for any research. Decent bibliography, and a taxonomic chart at the back of book. Doesn't limit itself to medieval material--also has stuff about monsters in modern literature, such as Stephen King. Available at Knight Library. Short Bibliography. Still, two thumbs up. Five stars.

Suhr, Elmer G. "An Interpretation of the Unicorn." Folklore LXXV (1964), 91-109.

Folkloric spin on the Unicorn. A quick read of only eighteen pages.

Williamson, John. The Oak King, The Holly King, and The Unicorn: the Myths and Symbolism of the Unicorn Tapestries. New York: Harper and Row, 1986.

Hunt of the unicorn, Gothic art, tapestries, art and mythology. Book goes into specifics of where myth and history converge, regarding folklore and historical facts related to certain kings, kingdoms and the people in particular. Also discusses people’s beliefs in the unicorn and what significance these views had on their culture, and how their culture also shaped the belief in a symbiotic relationship.

 

 

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