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When Unicorns Walked the Earth

  • 08/02/2022
  • 18:00-19:30
  • Online talk

The unicorn has returned! This talk examines its history as a classical, medieval and modern fantasy creature

Online talk by Dr Juliette Wood (University of Cardiff): “When Unicorns walked the earth”

Tuesday 8 February 2022, 18:00-19:30

Unicorns have always been elusive, and like so many mythical creatures, their history is not straight-forward. Classical sources placed them in remote parts of the natural world, a strange wonder one could expect far from the safety of home. They enjoyed something of a heyday in medieval European art and literature in the context of religious allegory and the literature of courtly love. Its horn, in reality the tooth of an artic whale, was fashioned into prestige objects or powdered for medicinal use. Today the unicorn inhabits modern fantasy, the rhetoric of finance and appears in all the colours of the rainbow.

Tickets £5.00 (£3.00 Folklore Society members with Promo Code: log in to the Members Only area to find the Promo Code)

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