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Thursday, 27 June 2013

Living Dragon Reported in Sussex 1614

Sussex "Dragon" in 1614, more likely another stray Master-Otter caught out on land. The fur would be depicted as the checkerboard pattern and it has the characteristic sharp pointed snout and pricked ears of the type. The creature looks to be between 12 and 15 feet long, large but still of a size commonly attributed to the type.

Image from R., A. True and Wonderfull A Discourse Relating to a Strange and Monstrous Serpent (Or Dragon) Lately Discouered, and Yet Liuing, to the Great Annoyance and Diuers Slaughters both of Men and Cattell, by His Strong and Violent Poyson, in Sussex Two Miles from Horsam, in a Woode Called S. Leonards Forrest, and Thirtie Miles from London, this Present Month of August. 1614. with the True Generation of Serpents. Printed at London : by Iohn Trundle, 1614. Early English Books Online. Chadwyck-Healey. 8/8/2008

Not too sure what the two rounded objects on the back are, but it could be that means to show where the shoulder blades are. -DD.

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