History on display

A lavishly illustrated medieval book which once belonged to King Henry VIII is to go on public display for the first time.

The Aberdeen Bestiary, created in England in around 1200 and first documented in the Royal Library at Westminster Palace in 1542, will be shown in a new exhibition ‘Gilded Beasts’ at the University of Aberdeen, launched on Monday.

Renowned for its exquisite illustrations and covered in gold leaf, it is one of the best preserved books of its kind still in existence and offers an unrivalled insight into medieval manuscript production methods.

‘Gilded Beasts’ will be open Tuesday (June 26) to this Friday 10am to 4pm and Saturday from 1pm ‘til 4pm.