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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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Chicken filling: Pluck the meat of one cooked chicken and roast it in butter, with some garlick, fresh ginger, thyme and cinamon. Season with salt, pepper, sugar and vinegar. Pork/beef filling: Roast some minced pork/beef in butter. Add chopped mushrooms, sage and thyme. Season with salt and pepper.

Medieval pies

The guilty sailors are brought before Periander; Arion rides on a dolphin, holding his lyre (background); Jonah is thrown into the sea and swallowed by a great fish (background) (2nd of 2)

Arion the musician - saved by a dolphin

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

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

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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Detail of a miniature of an ape being advised by the raven not to climb a mast, and by the fox not to sit on a throne; he does both, and, at the bottom, is punished by wild dogs attacking, at the beginning of Chapter 6 of Book 2. Origin:Austria, W. (Salzburg)

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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

Mount Athos, Megisti Lavra Monastery, Codex B. 100 Date: 12th century. The codex, incomplete today, begins with the fourth chapter of the Job text and consists of 196 parchment leaves 30 x 22 cm. and 33 miniatures. It is a textkatenen manuscript written in cursive script with large, blocky letters, very much resembling the script of V1231.

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