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Monday, August 22, 2016

Medieval Menagerie

Tired of the same old fantasy creatures? Medieval legend is full of bizarre beasts that can make for great inspiration for your fantasy story.
A king asleep in bed while a caladrius perches on him. (13th century)
A caladrius is a white bird, typically associated with royalty. Its excrement placed directly onto the eyes was said to cure blindness.

But this was not the bird's only value. It was also believed that if a caladrius was brought into the room with a sick person, and turned its face away, that person was going to die.

However, if the caladrius gazed into the face of the sick person, he or she would recover. When the bird eventually flew away, the illness would be taken with it.

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