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rabbit riding a hound with a trained snail of prey Pontifical of Guillaume Durand, Avignon, before 1390. Paris, Bibliothèque Sainte-Geneviève, ms. 143, fol. 165r

rabbit riding a hound with a trained snail of prey Pontifical of Guillaume Durand, Avignon, before 1390. Paris, Bibliothèque Sainte-Geneviève, ms. 143, fol. 165r

"Book of Hours" (England, c. 1300): Cat beating cymbal (from a marginal cycle of images of the funeral of Renard the Fox), Walters Manuscript W.102, fol. 78v (detail)

"Book of Hours" (England, c. 1300): Cat beating cymbal (from a marginal cycle of images of the funeral of Renard the Fox), Walters Manuscript W.102, fol. 78v (detail)

Dedicated medieval monks would spend years over work in dimly lit scriptoria, slaving to produce stunning illuminated manuscripts, illustrating the world's knowledge. With the limits of their work & their religious vows, the monks needed an outlet. They came up with marginalia, which are doodles at the edges of manuscripts. They are irrelevant to the text & completely screwed up. We assume that the monks either thought nobody would ever notice or they just didn't give a shit.

8 Filthy Jokes Hidden in Ancient Works of Art

Dedicated medieval monks would spend years over work in dimly lit scriptoria, slaving to produce stunning illuminated manuscripts, illustrating the world's knowledge. With the limits of their work & their religious vows, the monks needed an outlet. They came up with marginalia, which are doodles at the edges of manuscripts. They are irrelevant to the text & completely screwed up. We assume that the monks either thought nobody would ever notice or they just didn't give a shit.

« Le romant des Fables Ovide le Grant. », ou les Métamorphoses d'Ovide moralisées en vers français par Chrestien Legouais de Sainte-More près Troyes Auteur : Chrétien Legouais de Sainte-More. Auteur du texte Date d'édition : 1301-1325

« Le romant des Fables Ovide le Grant. », ou les Métamorphoses d'Ovide moralisées en vers français par Chrestien Legouais de Sainte-More près Troyes Auteur : Chrétien Legouais de Sainte-More. Auteur du texte Date d'édition : 1301-1325

grumpy rabbits‘Cymiculus dat es een coniin Dier uele in uelen lande siin In daerde wonen si in holen Nachts so comen si vte gestolen…’Jacob van Maerlant, Der Naturen Bloeme, Flanders ca. 1350. Den Haag, Koninklijke Bibliotheek, KA 16, fol. 53r

grumpy rabbits‘Cymiculus dat es een coniin Dier uele in uelen lande siin In daerde wonen si in holen Nachts so comen si vte gestolen…’Jacob van Maerlant, Der Naturen Bloeme, Flanders ca. 1350. Den Haag, Koninklijke Bibliotheek, KA 16, fol. 53r

rabbit knightVincent of Beauvais, Speculum historiale, France ca. 1294-1297Boulogne-sur-Mer, Bibliothèque municipale, ms. 130II, fol. 87v

rabbit knightVincent of Beauvais, Speculum historiale, France ca. 1294-1297Boulogne-sur-Mer, Bibliothèque municipale, ms. 130II, fol. 87v

Detail of a miniature of a human-headed satanic dragon, representing the papacy of Urban VI whose election was contested and resulted in the appointment of the anti-pope Clement VII, from Joachim de Fiore’s Vaticinia de Pontificibus, Italy (Florence), 2nd quarter of the 15th century, Harley MS 1340, f. 8r

Detail of a miniature of a human-headed satanic dragon, representing the papacy of Urban VI whose election was contested and resulted in the appointment of the anti-pope Clement VII, from Joachim de Fiore’s Vaticinia de Pontificibus, Italy (Florence), 2nd quarter of the 15th century, Harley MS 1340, f. 8r

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