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Since Marigold has stated that she has posed for several Medieval tapestries, it may be helpful to see similar tapestries to judge how much artistic license was taken in recording those images.

Tapestries Edit

One of the more famous examples of Medieval tapestries includes The Lady and the Unicorn, a series of tapestries representing the five senses plus a sixth titled "À mon seul désir", which has several interpretations relating to love or desire. Another is the Unicorn Tapestries, alternatively called The Hunt of the Unicorn. This series of tapestries is referenced in the opening sequence of the 1982 animated movie The Last Unicorn, which in turn was one of the inspirations for Phoebe and Her Unicorn.

The first collection is on display at the Musée de Cluny le monde médiéval (National Museum of the Middle Ages) in Paris, France and may be viewed online here via the Internet Archive's copy of the English version of the website, dated February 25, 2014. The second collection is on display in Gallery 017 of The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City, United States and can be viewed online here (search results for "Unicorn Tapestries").

Books Edit

Several books are available that provide further examples of Medieval-style artwork of unicorns. Among them are:

  1. Mythical Birds & Beasts From Many Lands
    Margaret Mayo & Jane Ray
    Published by Dutton Children's Books, 1996, ISBN 0-525-45788-7
    Includes a traditional European story called "The Unicorn Who Walks Alone" about animals that gather at a watering hole during a long drought. A snake poisons the water and the animals have nowhere else to go, so they cry out for help. The Unicorn heard them and dipped his horn into the pool to dispel the poison. And then he was gone.

  2. The Unicorn Alphabet
    Mariana Mayer, illustrated by Michael Hague
    Published by Dial Books, 1989, ISBN 0-8037-0372-4
    A book with an illustration for every letter of the alphabet, containing objects and information relating to unicorns. One example includes the Iris, a flower that symbolizes power and majesty that was often paired with unicorns on the coat of arms of French noblemen in the Middle Ages. Two other examples are for the Fountain and the Water of Life, which refer to the same story told as "The Unicorn Who Walks Alone".

  3. The Truth About Unicorns
    Molly Blaisdell
    Published by Picture Window Books, 2011, ISBN 1-4048-5748-6
    A children's illustrated book that presents a short history of the myths surrounding unicorns, such as those from China and Tibet. References The Last Unicorn, The Unicorn Tapestries and Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone.

  4. Unicorns, part of "The Mystery Library" series
    Patricia D. Netzley
    Published by Lucent Books, Inc., 2001, ISBN 1-56006-687-3
    Discusses the history, origins and symbolism of unicorns throughout the ages, from ancient Greek and Roman times through the modern day, and their role in medicine.

For those interested in needlepoint, there is a pattern for a Medieval version of a unicorn on page 42 of Flowers, Birds and Unicorns: Medieval Needlepoint by Candace Bahouth. Published by Harry N. Abrams, Inc., 1993, ISBN 0-8109-3316-0. Includes the pattern and the yarn list for making a unicorn cushion.

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