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The Lore of the Unicorn

The Lore of the Unicorn by Odell Shepard

An exhaustive look at the historical record.

Those of you who expect fairy tales -- or even chivalric romance -- will be surprised.  The documents are actually pretty much all "natural history" -- of the era, which obviously was dominated by hearsay and travelers tales.  Also comparisions to the ki-rin and other one-horned beasts and what connections there might be.  The sales of alicorn (unicorn horn appears to be a bit much).  Some elements recognizable even in modern fantasy.

Moved around a lot.  From India to the Mountains of the Moon in Ethiopa, to the Americas, to South Africa.

Gotta admire a writer who admires the unicorn's graceful ankle bone.

A bit academic.
Tags: author: s, genre: non-fiction, review

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