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Richard Ashdowne, "Ab to zythum: heroes of medieval Latin," on the compilation of the Dictionary of medieval Latin from British sources, of which he was the closing (and remains the current) editor, Times literary supplement, January 3, 2014, 13 (12-13). The fish were in addition to the "4d a day for food" imposed by Henry III on the sheriffs of London. Three leopards anchored the little zoo, and an elephant was added in 1255 (The London encyclopædia, ed. Weinreb & Hibbert (Bethesda, MD: Adler & Adler, 1986 ), s.v. Tower of London, p. 872a). Cf. also http://www.hrp.org.uk/TowerofLondon/Stories/Palacehighlights/RoyalBeasts/RoyalMenagerie.
The image of the elephant is one of the two contemporary renditions by Matthew Paris.