(detail) Manuscript illuminator Jean Bourdichon (1457-59-1521), 1503-08, Grandes Heures d’Anne de Bretagne, France. #Dragon

(detail) Manuscript illuminator Jean Bourdichon (1457-59-1521), 1503-08, Grandes Heures d’Anne de Bretagne, France. #Dragon

Lindorm dragon from the alchemical scrolls of Sir George Ripley, 15th century. Lindorms were most often encountered in churchyards, where they fed on human corpses, and would sometimes invade churches.

Lindorm dragon from the alchemical scrolls of Sir George Ripley, 15th century. Lindorms were most often encountered in churchyards, where they fed on human corpses, and would sometimes invade churches.

aleyma:    Dragon initial from a Book of Hours made in the Netherlands or Germany, c.1463-76 (source).

aleyma: Dragon initial from a Book of Hours made in the Netherlands or Germany, c.1463-76 (source).

A shiver passed through the assembled ranks. One by one they turned their heads and then stood paralyzed at the sight behind them. A creature of immense size and obvious strength perched upon the peak. It lifted its snout and released a jet of blistering white fire, punctuated at the end with a bone-rattling roar. And then it spread golden wings behind it, and stood proudly. A Dragon. The last of its kind.

A shiver passed through the assembled ranks. One by one they turned their heads and then stood paralyzed at the sight behind them. A creature of immense size and obvious strength perched upon the peak. It lifted its snout and released a jet of blistering white fire, punctuated at the end with a bone-rattling roar. And then it spread golden wings behind it, and stood proudly. A Dragon. The last of its kind.

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