Folio 50r Commentary
|f50r Text: Rolling in nettles saves St Benedict from lust. Bubo
Illustration: This owl bubo is tawny brown and beige
with a flat face and prominent ears like horns. Bubo, as described
by Aristotle (buas or bruas in Greek) was as large as
an eagle which must indicate the relatively rare eagle owl. It has prominent
ear tufts as shown but it is tawny all over and does not have a flat
face. The long eared owl has a flat face and ears but is also tawny
all over. The barn owl is closest in colouring to the illustration and
also has a flat face, but it does not have ears. As projecting ears
or horns are not mentioned in the Bestiary text they may derive from
a much earlier source which was still aware of the connection between
bubo and the eagle owl. Owl's nests may occasionally be dirty
and they are mobbed by other birds.
One initial, type 2. It is squeezed into its space and is over lapped by the illustration. There is a strong impression of red and blue from picture overleaf.
The illustration in detail