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Title: Medieval Birds in the Sherbourne Missal
Author: Backhouse, Janet
Publisher: U of Toronto Press; Publication Date: 2001
Paperback; ISBN: 9780802084347
Volumes: 1; Pages: 64
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The Sherborne Missal, one of the greatest of English medieval manuscripts, contains a wealth of marginal illustrations of wild birds, painted with great skill and accuracy. From over 170 images, over half can be clearly identified to 40 species, and although many are imaginary birds and fantasies, the manuscript offers an unparalleled insight into a fascinating aspect of England's natural history in the middle ages.Janet Backhouse is an internationally respected manuscript expert and former Curator of Illuminated Manuscripts at The British Library.