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Posted on Sep 28, 2012

20 Bizarre Examples Of Medieval Marginalia

Yo, medieval scribes: no one's going to read the text you so painstakingly lettered if you continue to draw weird and dirty pictures in the margins. Well, I guess you're all dead, so we can't fix this now, can we?

1. A penis tree

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From a 14th century copy of Romance of the Rose.

2. A monkey with an arrow stuck in its butt

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From Bibliothèque Mazarine MS 520.

3. Ass arrows, again

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From the Rutland Psalter, c. 1260.

4. An inappropriate rabbit

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From Breviary, Use of Verdun c. 1302-1305.

5. Another inappropriate rabbit

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From Bodleian Library’s MS Douce 5.

6. This obviously boneless individual

7. An ape bludgeoning a man with an axe

8. Whatever's going on here

9. Creative, naked nose picking?

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From Book of Hours, Walters Manuscript W.102, fol. 92v.

10. A man voiding his bowels

11. An amputee brawl

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From Bodleian Alexander (MS Bodl. 264).

12. Ape sodomy

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From Bodleian MS Douce 6.

13. The guy on the left

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From The Vows of the Peacock c. 1350.

14. Ass trumpets

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From The Vows of the Peacock c. 1350.

15. Man riding a head toward a naked woman

16. Hellbarrows

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From The Taymouth Hours.

17. Nom nom nom

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From The Taymouth Hours.

18. THIS GUY

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From Codex, with gloss of Accursius, MS Canon. Misc. 495.

19. Babies torturing a naked man

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From Breviary, Carthusian use. MS. Canon. Liturg. 410.

20. A snake man playing the bagpipes with his anus

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From Pierpont Morgan Library’s MS G24.

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