Valentinian. Chroniques de France ou de St Denis Origin: France, Central (Paris). Date: after 1332, before 1350. Medieval Imago & Dies Vitae Idade Media e Cotidiano
the cat’s tower besieged by the mice
book of hours, London ca. 1320-1330.
British Library, Harley 6563, fol. 72r
Detail of a miniature of Louis IX sailing off on his second crusade, from the Chroniques de France ou de St Denis, France (Paris), after 1332 and before 1350
Rylands Medieval Collection, Latin MS 53, f. 58v. Christianus Prolianus and Joachinus de Gigantibus (?), Astronomia (1478)
“Comparative view of the magnitudes of the Sun (a large disc of burnished gold), the Moon (silver), Mars (gold), Venus (gold), Mercury (gold) and Earth (pale). Framed in a green wreath of leaves and blue background.”
Pretty medieval manuscript of the day depicts the demise of a unicorn, sometimes thought to be an allegory for the passion of Christ. Here, the unicorn lies passive in the arms of a virgin whilst the brutal knight spears it.
The book is a collection of theological texts compiled during the thirteenth century. It is now in the collections of the British Library in London.
Image source: British Library MS Harley 3244. Image declared as public domain on the British Library website.
Book of hours
Italy, probably Milan, ca. 1473
The Morgan Library
Baseball in the Middle Ages
Rivalry in sports is not just something of our time. Nor is baseball. Both date back to at least the fourteenth century, when this image was made. What is less likely encountered in a baseball game today are the teams: monks vs nuns. The scene is from the margin of a medieval page, the location used to make fun of people. The manuscript contains a romance, popular among the medieval nobility. Somewhere, someone in a castle had a good laugh about these religious men and women playing ball.
Pic: Oxford, Bodleian Library, MS Bodley 264 (14th c). Browse the entire manuscript here. More enjoyable marginal drawings like this are found in this Tumblr post.
Bibliothèque de l’Arsenal, 3525, f.84v. Watriquet de Couvin, Dits. 14th century