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Three types of dragons (Gesner,1575) Conrad Gesner reported a recipe for dragon tongue stewed in a little white wine as a remedy for nightmares.

Sixteenth-century dragons came in a variety of colours, sizes and shapes. Some were legless, some had two legs, some had four and the leggiest of all had eight. In Harry Potter’s world there are at least ten types of dragon, including the Common Welsh Green.Shocking as it may seem, some Renaissance dragons were fakes. Gullible collectors were known to pay top-dollar for fake dragons made from the carcasses of rays and other exotic creatures. In England these little monsters were known as Jenny Hanivers.

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A Jenny Hanniver. (Gesner,1575)

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