Albert the Great

On the Unicorn

Excerpted from De animalibus 1.22

The unicorn is an animal that has but moderate size for its strength. It has a boxwood-like color and the hoof part of its foot is split into two parts. It lives in mountains or in deserts and has a very long horn on its forehead which it sharpens on rocks and with which it pierces even the elephant. Neither does it fear the hunter. Pompey the Great exhibited this animal in the games at Rome.

Original Latin

Dicunt autem quod hoc anima adeo virgines puellas veneratur quod ipsis visis mansuescit et aliquando iuxta eas soporatum capitur et ligatur: capitur etiam cum adhuc est pullus iuvenis et tunc domatur.