Unaccustomed to the noisy crowd

The blog of the University of Houston Digital Library, rich with interest, including Edward Topsell’s 1658 book ‘The history of four-footed beasts and serpents‘. Topsell’s Bestiary included a version of Dürer’s Rhinoceros (although not this one, sadly), brought to Portugal in 1515 and pitched into a legendary battle: ‘On Trinity Sunday, 3 June [1515], Manuel arranged a fight between the rhinoceros and a young elephant from his collection, to test the account by Pliny the Elder that the elephant and the rhinoceros are bitter enemies. The rhinoceros advanced slowly and deliberately towards its foe; the elephant, unaccustomed to the noisy crowd that turned out to witness the spectacle, fled the field in panic before a single blow was struck.’


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