Unicorn Believers: Past & Present

On May 19, 2013 by Tim Newman

Unicorns - Old Pictures - Ulisse Aldrovandi - 1658

Are unicorns real? No. However, in the past, people weren’t so sure.

Naturalists have made some errors over the years. For instance, when Greek sailors found an elephant skull, they thought the trunk hole was an eye socket and called it a Cyclops.

People in history can be forgiven for their errors: There are many unusual beasts in this world, and a horse with a single horn isn’t unusual compared with a kangaroo, platypus, or manatee.Unicorns - Old Pictures - Mosaic 12th Century - San Giovanni Evangelista, Ravenna

I’ve put together a small collection of historical unicorns for you to enjoy.

Sadly, today, unicorns are associated with children, fantasy dream worlds, and genuine nutters. Within the latter category lies someone called Diana Cooper, she believes in unicorns as spirit guides. Here’s some blurb from her website to give you some idea of the scope of her nonsense:

“Unicorns are pure white seventh dimensional horses who have returned to Earth for the first time since Atlantis to help us with our ascension. They are known as the purest of the pure and have qualities of love, peace, calm, gentleness, hope, majesty, caring, magic and mystery.  They will come to you when you are ready, helping you too to develop your unicorn qualities.

They have spiraling horns of light which radiate from their foreheads, through which they give healing, joy and enlightenment. The light of a unicorn is so powerful that it enters you gradually, in waves, only ever as much as you can cope with at any time.”

Unicorns - Old Pictures - Samuel Bochart - 1663

Watch this video if you want to learn about royal unicorns, their hierarchy, and how you can meet one, should you wish. This is the kind of tosh that will fling us back to the dark ages:

And if you’re on twitter (X), don’t worry, you can follow her. Here’s a lovely example of one of her moving tweets (one of the retweets is mine btw):

Dianna Cooper Tweet

That saddened me, so let’s get some historical perspective….

Unicorns - Old Pictures - Erhard Reuwich - 1486

Unicorns - Old Pictures - Prehistoric

Unicorns - Old Pictures - Otto von Guericke - 1663






Unicorns - Old Pictures - Thomas Coryate - 1616

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