THE MONASTERY OF ERA MINA
AUCHINMURN ISLE, WEST COAST OF SCOTLAND MIDDLE AGES
The book the old monk was illuminating began with these words:
THIS Book is about the nature of beasts. Gaze upon these pages at your peril,
The old monk yawned, his chin dropped to his chest, and his eyes fluttered shut. The quill dropped from his fingers, leaving a trail of ink like tiny teardrops across the folio. He was working on one of the book’s later pages, a miniature of a majestic griffin with talons clutching an imposing capital G
. As the old monk nodded off, the griffin leaped from its...