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Welcome to AnimalWiki, the new info-base on Animals in the Middle Ages

Animals are woven almost unnoticed into the complex web of human existence. Animals permeate every part of our lives, from mundane subsistence questions to our attitudes about the world around us. We prepare dishes from their meat. We use leather for shoes and wool for clothing. Animals can reflect prestige, and hunting them may be a test of manhood. Animals and their attributes appear as symbols in religion and allegory, in the way humans tell their stories. In the medieval world, animals can appear in strange mixed forms that may often be not understandable for today’s observers but which were as real to people of those times as the chickens and cows they were surrounded by in daily life.

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