Date of Award


Degree Name

Master of Arts


Medieval Studies

First Advisor

Dr. Joyce Kubiski

Second Advisor

Timothy C. Graham

Third Advisor

Dr. Clifford Davidson

Access Setting

Masters Thesis-Open Access


My thesis involves the compilation of information on the physical characteristics and production methods of English Bestiaries in the late twelfth and early thirteenth centuries as well as the actual production of my own Bestiary. Working with microfilm copies of six manuscripts, color slides and illustrations, and color reproductions of the miniatures of a seventh, I will examine and compare briefly the images, paleography and sources for the purpose of analyzing aspects of production.

Along with this written analysis I am producing my own Bestiary using authentic materials and methods as much as possible. I am limiting my own manuscript to include, for the most part, only those items in the original Greek Physiologus where they appeared in the later English Bestiary tradition. This exploration of the practical aspects of production has produced a reference bibliography on manuscript production techniques and a record of my own experiences for use in research on medieval book production.