Our Lady of the Sinners

:: in March 14, 2021 :: in Blog :: 2 comments

One of my favourite manuscripts is so called Taymouth Hours, dating back to the second quarter of the 14th century (British Library,Yates Thompson MS 13). Its name comes from Taymouth Castle in Scotland, where the manuscript was kept in the Early-Modern times (and also, it contains notes in Scots dialect…

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Medieval spanking game

:: in February 28, 2021 :: in Blog :: 0 comments

Lately I have came across a PhD thesis submitted by Christopher Thomas John Wilson to the University of Exeter in 2012, entitled „The dissemination of visions of the otherworld in England and northern France c.1150-c.1321”. But this post is not going to be about medieval ideas about afterlife; instead, I…

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Men that could not be seduced

:: in February 7, 2021 :: in Blog :: 0 comments

There are certain subjects that repeatedly appeared in European art throughout the centuries: the most popular were mythological or biblical ones. Among the latter, especially in the Old Testament, we have quite lot referring to the stormy relations between men and women. Those topics were very popular among artists of…

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Trumpet at rear end

:: in January 26, 2021 :: in Blog :: 2 comments

Some time ago I have written about “a butt song from Hell”, noted on backside of one of the damned in Hell, in Hieronymus Bosch’s Garden of Earthly Delights (post available HERE). Today I decided to get back to the musical motif in reference to… buttocks. As it happens, there…

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Let’s not drink too much wine

:: in January 2, 2021 :: in Blog :: 0 comments

Every year around New Year’s Eve in my social media certain late-medieval miniatures goes viral: they depict a young man who most likely drank too much alcohol. However popular the depiction may be, most of people sharing and forwarding this image have no idea where it comes from. It is…

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