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Terence's Comedies, St. Albans Abbey, mid 12th century, Folio 10 recto: See her knee length sleeves, tight waist, and round neckline. She is not wearing a belt. Notice that his bliaut is tight waisted but only knee length. It has tight sleeves. Her sleeves begin to widen above the elbow and come to points at the bottom in contrast to the square french sleeves. Both have geometric trim at the neckline and hem.


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Feodor Vassilyev (c. 1707[1]-1782) was a peasant from Shuya, Russia. His first wife, Mrs. Vassilyev sets the record for most children birthed by a single woman. She gave birth to a total of 69 children; however, few other details are known of her life, such as her date of birth or death. She gave birth to 16 pairs of twins, 7 sets of triplets and 4 sets of quadruplets between 1725 and 1765, in a total of 27 births. 67 of the 69 children born are said to have survived infancy


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I love the look of these devils. Augustine, City of God. Paris, Maïtre François (illuminator); c. 1475; 1478-1480. The Hague, RMMW, 10 A 11, f.401v. Yes, this manuscript is a personal favourite. Demons rejoicing in the misfortunes of mankind (i.e. pointing and mocking). Interesting dress with the side slits


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Bibliothèque nationale de France, Département des manuscrits, Latin 1156B, detail of f. 135r (man and woman gathering letters of the alphabet). Book of Hours, use of Rome (15th century)



Hymnal, Jonah Cast into the Sea, Walters Manuscript W.547, fol. 46r by Walters Art Museum Illuminated Manuscripts, via Flickr


Hymnal, Jonah Cast into the Sea, Walters Manuscript W.547, fol. 46r

artist unknown, Le Livre des Cleres et Nobles Femmes, French, 15th century, Bibliothèque Nationale, Paris NOTE: this is a woman doing stonecarving.


Women in the Act of Painting: artist unknown

'Hours of Joanna the Mad', Bruges 1486-1506. BL, Add 18852, fol. 150r


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The eagligerhund was a serious problem for hops farmers in Bavaria and Swabia throughout the Middle Ages. They devoured acres of crops in an agitated and violent state in just one night giving us the term: "hopped up". It became fashionable for crusaders to try and trap the beasts on their way back from the holy lands- a fact that eventually sealed the face of this majestically beaked catlike dog. Illuminated monsters in the margins of the Luttrell Psalter, Add 42130 f.197r, c.1325-1335


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8 Filthy Jokes Hidden in Ancient Works of Art

Medieval monkey party.


8 Filthy Jokes Hidden in Ancient Works of Art

From the Gorleston Psalter. Queck!


That Darn Fox (Mmm… Marginalia #104)