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Pig tales – the swine in books and art

posted on 17 Jul 2017

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Might pigs fly? Only on the pages of precious medieval manuscripts, where they also play bagpipes and lyres, or turn out in hats; where prickly pigs grin at a shower of acorns. In these illuminations, pigs are at the heart of some of life’s most significant moments – harvest, feasting, war: a French manuscript from 1420, which once belonged to Henry VIII, shows Alexander the Great driving off an attack of elephants with a battalion of fierce, tusked pigs.

Read the full article on this link to The Guardian