Reynard the Fox and Tybalt Prince of Cats

One of my favourite medieval fables is that of Reynard the Fox. Found in manuscripts throughout the Middle Ages, Reynard, the trickster, was an anthropomorphised fox who caused trouble for other animals and sometimes came up against Isengrim, the Wolf, or Tybalt, the Prince of Cats. Reynard in battle, from 'Roman de Renart' (f.73v) in National …

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An Appetite for Vampires

Vampires have always been a minor foible of mine and their colourful and varied history deserves exploring in celebration of Halloween! For most people, when you say ‘vampire’, their mind goes straight to Bram Stoker’s Dracula, written in 1897. There’s a good reason why – the book was a fantastic and has inspired myriad classic …

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