De Natura Unicorni Essay & Project Ideas

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1. What were some of the large game animals that were hunted to extinction in the Middle Ages and early Renaissance? Yolen mentions one; what others can you find? Why were they killed off? Why were the forests belonging to nobility like Duke William not better managed?

2. How was a thirteenth-century English hunt for noblemen like Duke William organized and conducted? What were the most important tasks in the hunt?

Who performed these tasks? How were they chosen?

3. Yolen has written extensively about unicorns and in fact has a book devoted to them, Here There Be Unicorns, which has poems and stories. How does Yolen present unicorns in her other writings?

Are they always miraculous? What similarities do you find? How do you account for the differences among unicorns in the different poems and stories?

4. Yolen draws on historical precedents for...

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