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28 June, 2023 - 22:59
Doodles in Henry VIII’s Prayer Book Reveal Anxiety and Depression
Best known for his six marriages and a notorious clash with the Pope over annulling his union with Catherine the Aragon , Henry VIII's reign was marked by tumultuous events, both historically and...
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8 September, 2022 - 22:53
20 Bizarre, Crude and Downright Weird Sketches in Medieval Manuscripts
Many medieval manuscripts are works of art with devotional passages written in careful calligraphy, accompanied by vivid illustrations and ornate, decorative borders. But equally captivating is the...
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31 July, 2022 - 22:54
Medieval Manuscripts Are Full of Knights Fighting Snails
The next time you’re looking through an illuminated manuscript, keep an eye out for images of medieval knights fighting off snails. Of all the villains in the world, these may not have been the first...
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15 May, 2022 - 14:59
Killer Rabbits Terrorized the Pages of Medieval Manuscripts
In early medieval art and literature fluffy white rabbits, bunnies, and hares were typically motifs of innocence, venerability, and purity. However, more in sync with these animals’ rate of...
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1 September, 2021 - 01:58
Beautiful, Decorative, and Sometimes Crude: Illuminated Manuscripts and Marginalia
Illuminated manuscripts are manuscripts that are covered with painted ornaments presented under several forms. These documents are perhaps most commonly associated with the European Middle Ages...
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6 April, 2019 - 13:57
Drolleries of the Middle Ages Included Comical Yet Sinister Killer Rabbits and Erotic Art
A drollerie (also spelled as drollery) is a type of marginalia found on Medieval manuscripts. Drolleries are amusing, often grotesque, figures drawn on the edges of manuscripts and may be found in...
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