Pretty medieval manuscript of the day is a squirrel! The marginal illustration of a red squirrel brings some light relief to this rather sombre page, which is dominated by a grim illustration of the flagellation of Christ.
In Britain the red squirrel is an endangered species, as the grey (a native of the USA) has proved more successful. In the middle ages though, the red ruled uncontested. I think this illustration is rather lovely.
The illustration is from a fourteenth century Book of Hours of the use of S.-Arnoul-les-Metz. It is now in the collection of the Beinecke Library at Yale University.
Image source: Beinecke MS 657. General Collection, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Yale University. Image believed to be in the public domain.
averagearchaeologist asked: HI! So I absolutely love your blog, and was wondering if you had any medieval images depicting surgical practices? I'm not trying to be weird or anything, my senior thesis is on comparing medieval surgery evidence from skeletal material vs. what was depicted in medieval manuscripts and paintings! Again, your blog is epic love the pictures!
Thank you! Well, here’s an interesting article about medical treatments in the middle ages, I hope it helps. http://www.oddee.com/item_96620.aspx
And good luck on your thesis! :)
Athelstan, King of England from 924 or 925 to 939, presenting a book to St Cuthbert, chief saint of the English far north, the earliest surviving royal.