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[[Pliny]] speaks of a creature, which he calls the ''bonasus'', of Paeonia (in [[Asia]]), having the mane of a [[horse]], but in all other respects the look of a [[bull]], with [[horn]]s so curled as to represent no danger, but capable of emitting excrement whilst running away, of such noxiousness that pursuers were scorched as if by [[fire]].<br>
 
[[Pliny]] speaks of a creature, which he calls the ''bonasus'', of Paeonia (in [[Asia]]), having the mane of a [[horse]], but in all other respects the look of a [[bull]], with [[horn]]s so curled as to represent no danger, but capable of emitting excrement whilst running away, of such noxiousness that pursuers were scorched as if by [[fire]].<br>
Subsequent accounts have added a horse's tail to the mane, and [[poison]]ous gas to the excrement, and the variant name of '''bonacon'''.<p>
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Subsequent accounts have added a horse's tail to the mane, and [[poison]]ous gas to the excrement, and the variant name of '''bonacon'''. Another beastiary spelling is '''bonnacon'''.<p>
  
The bonacon appears in only [[England|English]] [[heraldry]] and only from the mid-[[16th century]].  
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The bonacon appears in [[England|English]] [[heraldry]] and only from the mid-[[16th century]]. Its sole apparent appearance is as a crest granted to Richard Chandelor in 1560, with the head the only depicted part. There seems to be no other heraldic use outside of that instance.
  
 
==Bonacons in the SCA==
 
==Bonacons in the SCA==
For reasons of ''politesse'', the SCA do not (currently) allow the bonasus/bonacon as an [[heraldic]] [[charge]].
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Wilhelm von Schlussel ruled that the bonacon was too offensive to be used as an [[heraldic]] [[charge]] in 1980.  More recent speculation about the charge implies that a single use as a partial monster in a crest does not set a pattern of heraldic use appropriate for its inclusion in SCA heraldry, although no specific ruling has been made on this.
 
 
 
[[category:device heraldry]]
 
[[category:device heraldry]]

Revision as of 17:24, 30 December 2007

Pliny speaks of a creature, which he calls the bonasus, of Paeonia (in Asia), having the mane of a horse, but in all other respects the look of a bull, with horns so curled as to represent no danger, but capable of emitting excrement whilst running away, of such noxiousness that pursuers were scorched as if by fire.

Subsequent accounts have added a horse's tail to the mane, and poisonous gas to the excrement, and the variant name of bonacon. Another beastiary spelling is bonnacon.

The bonacon appears in English heraldry and only from the mid-16th century. Its sole apparent appearance is as a crest granted to Richard Chandelor in 1560, with the head the only depicted part. There seems to be no other heraldic use outside of that instance.

Bonacons in the SCA

Wilhelm von Schlussel ruled that the bonacon was too offensive to be used as an heraldic charge in 1980. More recent speculation about the charge implies that a single use as a partial monster in a crest does not set a pattern of heraldic use appropriate for its inclusion in SCA heraldry, although no specific ruling has been made on this.