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lionofchaeronea:

A plague of locusts descends upon the Earth.  Miniature from the Beato de San Pedro de Cardeña, unknown artist, ca. 1180.  Now in the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

lionofchaeronea:

A plague of locusts descends upon the Earth.  Miniature from the Beato de San Pedro de Cardeña, unknown artist, ca. 1180.  Now in the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

myimaginarybrooklyn:

A bramble, from the illuminated Byzantine manuscript ‘Vienna Dioscorides.’ (CE 512)

myimaginarybrooklyn:

A bramble, from the illuminated Byzantine manuscript ‘Vienna Dioscorides.’ (CE 512)

magictransistor:

Wyvern (Medieval Lindorm Dragon), from the 15th century alchemical scrolls of Sir George Ripley, nd.

magictransistor:

Wyvern (Medieval Lindorm Dragon), from the 15th century alchemical scrolls of Sir George Ripley, nd.

bantigernae:

kabroder:

Hwæt! Ic swefna cyst         secgan wylle, hwæt me gemætte         to midre nihte, syðþan reordberend         reste wunedon! þuhte me þæt ic gesawe         syllicre treow on lyft lædan,         leohte bewunden, beama beorhtost.         Eall þæt beacen wæs begoten mid golde.         Gimmas stodon fægere æt foldan sceatum,         swylce þær fife wæron uppe on þam eaxlegespanne.         Beheoldon þær engel dryhtnes ealle, fægere þurh forðgesceaft.         Ne wæs ðær huru fracodes gealga, ac hine þær beheoldon         halige gastas, men ofer moldan,         ond eall þeos mære gesceaft. Syllic wæs se sigebeam,         ond ic synnum fah, forwunded mid wommum.         Geseah ic wuldres treow, wædum geweorðode,         wynnum scinan, gegyred mid golde;         gimmas hæfdon bewrigene weorðlice         wealdendes treow. Hwæðre ic þurh þæt gold         ongytan meahte earmra ærgewin,         þæt hit ærest ongan swætan on þa swiðran healfe.         Eall ic wæs mid sorgum gedrefed, forht ic wæs for þære fægran gesyhðe.         Geseah ic þæt fuse beacen 

The Dream of the Rood - one of my favorite pieces of Anglo-Saxon literature. Essentially the crucifixion of Christ reflected by the cross itself… in someone’s dream. Will post my own translation in the near future. 

bantigernae:

kabroder:

Hwæt! Ic swefna cyst         secgan wylle, 
hwæt me gemætte         to midre nihte, 
syðþan reordberend         reste wunedon! 
þuhte me þæt ic gesawe         syllicre treow 
on lyft lædan,         leohte bewunden, 
beama beorhtost.         Eall þæt beacen wæs 
begoten mid golde.         Gimmas stodon 
fægere æt foldan sceatum,         swylce þær fife wæron 
uppe on þam eaxlegespanne.         Beheoldon þær engel dryhtnes ealle, 
fægere þurh forðgesceaft.         Ne wæs ðær huru fracodes gealga, 
ac hine þær beheoldon         halige gastas, 
men ofer moldan,         ond eall þeos mære gesceaft. 
Syllic wæs se sigebeam,         ond ic synnum fah, 
forwunded mid wommum.         Geseah ic wuldres treow, 
wædum geweorðode,         wynnum scinan, 
gegyred mid golde;         gimmas hæfdon 
bewrigene weorðlice         wealdendes treow. 
Hwæðre ic þurh þæt gold         ongytan meahte 
earmra ærgewin,         þæt hit ærest ongan 
swætan on þa swiðran healfe.         Eall ic wæs mid sorgum gedrefed, 
forht ic wæs for þære fægran gesyhðe.         Geseah ic þæt fuse beacen 

The Dream of the Rood - one of my favorite pieces of Anglo-Saxon literature. Essentially the crucifixion of Christ reflected by the cross itself… in someone’s dream. Will post my own translation in the near future. 

discardingimages:

hunt of the unicorn 'Ormesby Psalter', England ca. 1300.
Bodleian Library, MS. Douce 366, fol. 55v

discardingimages:

hunt of the unicorn 

'Ormesby Psalter', England ca. 1300.

Bodleian Library, MS. Douce 366, fol. 55v

discardingimages:

little bunny and strawberry'Hours of Joanna the Mad', Bruges 1486-1506
BL, Add 18852, fol. 83r

discardingimages:

little bunny and strawberry

'Hours of Joanna the Mad', Bruges 1486-1506

BL, Add 18852, fol. 83r

e-codices:

St. Gallen, Stiftsbibliothek, Cod. Sang. 23, p. 68 on Flickr.Manuscript title: Folchart Psalter (Psalterium Gallicanum with Cantica)
 Manuscript summary: The Folchart Psalter, a masterpiece of late Carolingian illumination.
 Origin: St. Gall (Switzerland)
 Period: 9th century
 Image source: St. Gallen, Stiftsbibliothek, Cod. Sang. 23: Folchart Psalter (Psalterium Gallicanum with Cantica)
( www.e-codices.unifr.ch/en/list/one/csg/0023 )

e-codices:

St. Gallen, Stiftsbibliothek, Cod. Sang. 23, p. 68 on Flickr.

Manuscript title: Folchart Psalter (Psalterium Gallicanum with Cantica)

Manuscript summary: The Folchart Psalter, a masterpiece of late Carolingian illumination.

Origin: St. Gall (Switzerland)

Period: 9th century

Image source: St. Gallen, Stiftsbibliothek, Cod. Sang. 23: Folchart Psalter (Psalterium Gallicanum with Cantica)
( www.e-codices.unifr.ch/en/list/one/csg/0023 )

e-codices:

St. Gallen, Stiftsbibliothek, Cod. Sang. 23, p. 126 on Flickr.Manuscript title: Folchart Psalter (Psalterium Gallicanum with Cantica)
 Manuscript summary: The Folchart Psalter, a masterpiece of late Carolingian illumination.
 Origin: St. Gall (Switzerland)
 Period: 9th century
 Image source: St. Gallen, Stiftsbibliothek, Cod. Sang. 23: Folchart Psalter (Psalterium Gallicanum with Cantica)
( www.e-codices.unifr.ch/en/list/one/csg/0023 )

e-codices:

St. Gallen, Stiftsbibliothek, Cod. Sang. 23, p. 126 on Flickr.

Manuscript title: Folchart Psalter (Psalterium Gallicanum with Cantica)

Manuscript summary: The Folchart Psalter, a masterpiece of late Carolingian illumination.

Origin: St. Gall (Switzerland)

Period: 9th century

Image source: St. Gallen, Stiftsbibliothek, Cod. Sang. 23: Folchart Psalter (Psalterium Gallicanum with Cantica)
( www.e-codices.unifr.ch/en/list/one/csg/0023 )

erikkwakkel:

Shark with Napoleon hat
Meet a medieval shark with a hat on. However, there is much more to this funny 13th-century decoration. Medieval decorators often got it wrong when they drew exotic animals like this. Elephants, for example, looked like pigs with big ears. We can’t blame the artists, as they had never seen these animals, which lived far away - and they had no internet or means to travel that far. This is why the image of the shark is so special: it is realistic. It shows its gills, the row of pointy teeth that stick out, and the typical round opening near the tip of the nose. In sum, this decorator had likely seen a shark in real life. For the book historian this is interesting as it may help localize where the book was made. Given that it was produced in France, we may potentially place its production near the ocean, or perhaps even in the south of the country, near the Mediterranean. All that from a bunch of pointy teeth - and some healthy guess work.
Pic: Paris, Bibliothèque Sainte-Geneviève, MS 98.

erikkwakkel:

Shark with Napoleon hat

Meet a medieval shark with a hat on. However, there is much more to this funny 13th-century decoration. Medieval decorators often got it wrong when they drew exotic animals like this. Elephants, for example, looked like pigs with big ears. We can’t blame the artists, as they had never seen these animals, which lived far away - and they had no internet or means to travel that far. This is why the image of the shark is so special: it is realistic. It shows its gills, the row of pointy teeth that stick out, and the typical round opening near the tip of the nose. In sum, this decorator had likely seen a shark in real life. For the book historian this is interesting as it may help localize where the book was made. Given that it was produced in France, we may potentially place its production near the ocean, or perhaps even in the south of the country, near the Mediterranean. All that from a bunch of pointy teeth - and some healthy guess work.

Pic: Paris, Bibliothèque Sainte-Geneviève, MS 98.

artofthedarkages:

257r, Gospels, MS 58, Trinity College Dublin

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