An elephant may seem a strange thing to give as a gift, but these exotic animals--along with giraffes, lions, polar bears, and hyenas--were prized inhabitants of medieval and early modern menageries. Join us as we look at the history of five pachyderms, including, Abul-Abbas, given as a gift to Charlemagne, and Hanno, the pet elephant of Pope Leo X.
Silvio Bedini, The Pope's Elephant, Carcanet Press (1997).
George C. Druce, "The Elephant in Medieval Legend and Art," Journal of the Royal Archaeological Institute 76 (1919)
The Medieval Bestiary (medieval elephant illuminations and drawings)
Gift Unit of the Office of the Chief of Protocol
Music: "Evening Melodrama" by Kevin MacLeod (www.incompetech.com)
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