Half a century ago, Belgian Zoologist Bernard Heuvelmans first codified cryptozoology in his book On the Track of Unknown Animals.

The Centre for Fortean Zoology (CFZ) are still on the track, and have been since 1992. But as if chasing unknown animals wasn't enough, we are involved in education, conservation, and good old-fashioned natural history! We already have three journals, the largest cryptozoological publishing house in the world, CFZtv, and the largest cryptozoological conference in the English-speaking world, but in January 2009 someone suggested that we started a daily online magazine! The CFZ bloggo is a collaborative effort by a coalition of members, friends, and supporters of the CFZ, and covers all the subjects with which we deal, with a smattering of music, high strangeness and surreal humour to make up the mix.

It is edited by CFZ Director Jon Downes, and subbed by the lovely Lizzy Bitakara'mire (formerly Clancy), scourge of improper syntax. The daily newsblog is edited by Corinna Downes, head administratrix of the CFZ, and the indexing is done by Lee Canty and Kathy Imbriani. There is regular news from the CFZ Mystery Cat study group, and regular fortean bird news from 'The Watcher of the Skies'. Regular bloggers include Dr Karl Shuker, Dale Drinnon, Richard Muirhead and Richard Freeman.The CFZ bloggo is updated daily, and there's nothing quite like it anywhere else. Come and join us...

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Monday, July 24, 2017

MUIRHEAD`S MYSTERIES: King Richard III and the basilisk

Image result for richard IIIContinuing my very very very occasional series on `British monarchs and strange animals`(in the sense that this is only the 2nd blog in 7 years on this theme!),I came across a British Heritage leaflet a while ago titled `Middleham Castle Sculpture What Does the Sculpture Represent?`

Apparently at Middleham Castle in Wensleydale in North Yorkshire there is a sculpture representing a basilisk on the back of King Richard who reigned from 1483-1485. Richard died at the battle of Bosworth in 1485. The link here shows an excellent panorama of the castle.Richard was sent to the castle as a small boy.The figures are allegorical,the white boar being heraldic. The tail of the basilisk or cockatrice curls over Richard`s right shoulder. The white boar is at Richard`s feet whilst the basilisk`s tail meets a demon`s head. Richard III is not the same Richard as Richard I ( Richard the Lionheart.)

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