To see the antisemitism of medieval bestiaries, look for the owl

To see the antisemitism of medieval bestiaries, look for the owl

A medieval person would have looked upon the owl and the birds and seen a Christian parable. Drawing from the Roman tradition of associating owls with death and sickness, the medieval person would have seen a filthy animal further defiled by its nocturnal habits. He would also have seen a Jew.

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