Wednesday, April 9, 2014

H is for Hanno

Hanno was the name of the pet white elephant given by King
Manuel I of Portugal to Pope Leo X (born Giovanni de' Medici) at his coronation.

Hanno, actually an Asian elephant, which had been brought to Rome in 1514 with the Portuguese ambassador Tristão da Cunha. Hanno quickly became the Pope's favorite animal.

Hanno died two years later from complications of a treatment for constipation with gold-enriched laxative

4 comments:

Welcome to my world of verse. said...

OH! poor Hanno. Hope those laxatives are not still around Gregg.

Yvonne.

S. L. Hennessy said...

I always wanted a pet elephant. He would be delightful.

S. L. Hennessy said...

I always wanted a pet elephant. He would be delightful.

S. L. Hennessy said...

I always wanted a pet elephant. He would be delightful.