Liber Monstrorum
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Liber Monstrorum

The Liber Monstrorum is a late seventh-or early eighth-century Anglo-Latin catalogue of marvellous creatures,[1] which may be connected with the Anglo-Saxon scholar Aldhelm. It is transmitted in several manuscripts from the ninth and tenth centuries, but is often studied in connection with the more well known text Beowulf, since the Liber also mentions King Hygelac of the Geats and that he was renowned for his large size. Some scholars argue that the Beowulf-poet was in fact inspired by the Liber Monstrorum.[2] The book contains extraordinary people, such as Hygelac, some clearly historical reports of actual peoples, such as the Ethiopians, and some obviously mythological reports, such as the cyclopes and centaurs.

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  1. ^ Orchard, Andy (2003) [1995]. Pride and prodigies: studies in the monsters of the Beowulf-manuscript. U of Toronto P. p. 86. ISBN 9780802085832.
  2. ^ Princi Braccini, Giovanni (1984). "Tra folclore germanico e latinita insulare. Presenze del Liber Monstrorum e della Cosmographia dello Pseudo-Etico nel Beowulf e nel cod. Nowell". Studi Medievali. series 3 25: 681-720.

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