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?

A penis tree

A penis tree

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

Source: culture-et-debats.over-blog.com  /  via: gotmedieval.com

A monkey with an arrow stuck in its butt

A monkey with an arrow stuck in its butt

From Bibliothèque Mazarine MS 520.

Source: gotmedieval.com  /  via: gotmedieval.com

Ass arrows, again

Ass arrows, again

From the Rutland Psalter, c. 1260.

Via: laphamsquarterly.org

An inappropriate rabbit

An inappropriate rabbit

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

Source: http://25.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_m1vd47v4Ns1rppc0go1_1280.jpg  /  via: kardiologn.livejournal.com


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