The sciences of the self includes the inquiry into animal and vegetable life. Comparisons abound.

  1. Chaucer, The Nun’s Priest’s Tale and Manciple’s Tale
  2. Albertus Magnus, On Animals, pp. 816-21
  3. Bartholomaeus Anglicus, On the Properties of Things, Book III, on the animal body.
  4. Cohen, “Inventing With Animals in the Middle Ages”
  5. Kohn, How Forests Think (on “trans-species pidgins,” pp. 143-44)
  6. Browse Medieval Bestiary
  7. Recommended: Calarco, Zoographies; Acampora, Corporal Compassion; Tyler, Ciferae: A Bestiary in Five Fingers

Take a look at these images, one of cannabis and the other of industrious bees!

British Library, Sloane 1975, fol. 44v, Medical and Herbal Collection

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MS. Ashmole 1511, The Ashmole Bestiary

 

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