medieval

Monster Monday: The Questing Beast!

Questing Beast, © 2015 Liz Vitale

Questing Beast, © 2015 Liz Vitale

The Questing Beast is a monster from Arthurian legend. It is the subject of quests by famous knights like King Pellinore, Sir Palamedes, and Sir Percival. This oddity has the head and neck(do serpents have necks?) of a serpent, the body of a leopard, the haunches of a lion and the feet of a deer(or “hart” as it was called during the period). It is also referred to as the” Beast Glatisant“, which comes from the great noise it emits from its belly. It makes a barking noise that is said to sound like “thirty couple hounds questing”. “Glatisant” is related to the French word glapissant,which means “yelping” or “barking”.

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