The Aberdeen Bestiary

Folio 31v - the hawk, continued.


Folio 32r - the turtle dove, continued.


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It is not part of the project to provide a definitive edition of the text of the Bestiary, but to help readers by providing a transcription and translation of the text. Currently the following editorial conventions obtain:

Text

  1. The original capitalisation is retained, but capitals have been added for personal and place names, excluding deus and diabolus.
  2. The original punctuation, including a point and inverted semi-colon (both serving as commas), and a point (serving as a full stop), is represented by comma, full stop and question-mark; a colon has been inserted before quotations.
  3. Suggested readings are in [ ].
  4. Variants from other Bestiary texts (eg Ashmole 1511 and Patrologia Latina 176) are added where they indicate a corruption, elucidate a meaning and replace excised text. They are represented as [A: PL:]

Translation

  1. Direct quotations from the Bible, where identified, are cited from the Authorised Version in ( ).
  2. Paraphrased quotations are identified where possible and indicated as: (see Job, 18:22).
  3. Suggested translations of corrupt words are in [ ].
  4. Capitalisation is sparing; additional punctuation has been used where necessary to give the sense. Paragraphs have been created to break up the text.

COMMENTARY

Text

Domestic and wild hawks; how the hawk moults; why the hawk is carried on the left hand; the end of the dove and hawk; the beginning of the dove and sparrow.

Illustration

A pair of turtle doves on top of a symmetrical tree is placed beside the heading of dove and sparrow.

Comment

The text on f.32r refers to the female turtle dove's chaste devotion to her mate, even when widowed. So, the illustration refers to the birds' faithful marriage. Initials type 2, colour indicator (V) for the vermilion initials 'A' and 'T'. The spacious initial 'P' is squeezed around the text and overlaps the frame of the illustration.

COMMENTARY

Text

The devotion of the widowed turtle dove.

Illustration

A pair of facing turtle doves in a roundel.

Comment

In the margin there is a faint sketch of a circle with a bird's tail in it, a similar composition to the adjacent illumination.