Dragons, myths and legends

Legendary monsters and creatures have been part of our literature and culture as far back as we can remember

colour illustration of a woman wearing a dress standing near a dressed bear which stands on its hind legs
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Meet the female authors and illustrators who brought the fairy tale to life

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Dragons have been part of our literature and folklore as far back as we can remember.


Musical instruments transformed into dragons, monsters or other legendary creatures.


In Europe and the Middle East the dragon was a legendary creature of evil. But are the dragons of myth based on reality?

At the edges of the known world, in the depths of the seas, great monsters lurk. Based on myths and travellers' tales artists and mapmakers gave them form.


Depictions of animals in mediaeval times required a good memory - and, occasionally, a vivid imagination.

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