Herb’s Blog, Herbdate 22711 – 961
Here’s the haps:
No, this is not a take-off of the Monty Python scene with the holy hand grenade but a bit of bizarre history I found. Before the invention of the printing press, scribes copied out books and manuscripts and such by hand and decorated them. These are called illuminated manuscripts and certain ones from the thirteenth and fourteenth centuries have some strange doodles in the margins. I had gotten an article in one of my news feeds and decided I wanted to read the source information which turned out to be an interesting surprise. The article I started out on had a sensational title but when I discovered that the source was actually a quite scholarly blog called the Medieval Manuscripts Blog and is put out by no less than the British Library I became more interested.
Not feeling certain about lifting the photos from the site and also not feeling certain about how my audience might feel about the pictures I decided to just link to the original article and you can peruse it at your leisure. A letter “T” turned into a gallows for a hunter, by a rabbit. A rabbit beheading a king. A rabbit jousting with a hound. A hunter being put on trial by rabbits and then being found guilty and carted off to be executed. Medieval killer rabbits: when bunnies strike back
Charming folks, those Medieval scribes. Charming critters, them rabbits.