The Natural History of Unicorns

The Natural History of Unicorns

Book - 2009
Average Rating:
Rate this:
Baker & Taylor
Chronicles the mythology and legends attributed to the unicorn in biblical stories, modern literature, and other works; exploring the myriad ways in which unicorns have influenced ideas about the natural world, in philosophical circles, and in religious organizations throughout the past 2,500 years. 25,000 first printing.

HARPERCOLL

“Lavers keeps his intellectual detective story passionate and suspenseful.”
— Washington Post Book World

 

From Biblical stories about virgins to adventures with Harry Potter, unicorns have enchanted people for millennia. In the endlessly fascinating The Natural History of Unicorns, author Chris Lavers ingeniously traces the legend of this mysterious creature to the real people, places, and animals that have influenced its story.



Blackwell North Amer
For over two 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. There was a brisk trade in unicorn parts in medieval and Renaissance times, and travelers regularly reported sightings into the modern era. But by the early twentieth century the real-life contenders for the beast had been ruled out, and scientists concluded that the unicorn never existed. It turns out they were a little hasty.
Where did the unicorn come from, and how was it accepted as a part of the animal kingdom for so long? Chris Lavers argues that although the unicorn of our imagination isn't real, traces of its character can be found in existing species. In this lively and vivid exploration of the natural world, Lavers follows the beast's trail to the plateaus of India and into the jungles of Africa to unearth the flesh and blood ancestors of our iconic unicorn.
Along the way, Lavers introduces the peoples, historians, explorers, traders, and scientists who believed in the unicorn, and describes their efforts to pin it down. Its changing status - from one-horned ass to religious symbol to pure myth - reflects man's journey from superstition to scientific understanding, ultimately leading to a greater insight into the natural world.

Baker
& Taylor

Explores the many ways in which unicorns have influenced ideas about the natural world, in philosophical circles, and in religious organizations throughout history.

Publisher: New York : Wm. Morrow, 2009
ISBN: 9780060874148
0060874147
Branch Call Number: 398.469 LAV
Characteristics: 258 p

Opinion

From the critics


Community Activity

Comment

Add a Comment

There are no comments for this title yet.

Age

Add Age Suitability

There are no ages for this title yet.

Summary

Add a Summary

There are no summaries for this title yet.

Notices

Add Notices

There are no notices for this title yet.

Quotes

Add a Quote

There are no quotes for this title yet.

Explore Further

Browse by Call Number

Recommendations

Subject Headings

  Loading...

Find it at ELPL

  Loading...
[]
[]
To Top