Medieval manuscripts blog

12 August 2017

Guess the song 2

After last week's fantastic effort from our readers, the Guess the Song Competition™ is back! The rules are simple: can you guess the song from the medieval manuscript images below?

So how does it work? These manuscript illuminations make up the lyrics to a classic song. If you're in the mood, try to guess the artist and song title. We'd love you to send us your answers via Twitter (did we ever mention we're on Twitter?) or using the comments page below this post. We’ll endeavour to retweet and publish the best answers, especially the ones that most amuse us.

Update (21 August): the answer is given below, but don't cheat!

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Image 1, from a medical miscellany, last quarter of the 14th or first quarter of the 15th century, Sloane MS 981, f. 68r


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Image 2, from the Holkham Bible Picture Book, c. 1327–1335, Add MS 47682, f. 33v


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Image 3, from a bestiary with theological tracts, c. 1200–c. 1210, Royal MS 12 C XIX, f. 45r


Add MS 42130 f. 160r detail

Image 4, from the Luttrell Psalter, 1325–1340, Add MS 42130, f. 160r


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Image 5, from a herbal, c. 1440, Sloane MS 4016, f. 96r



1. Eye  2. Shroud  3.  Bee  4. Slow  5. Lucky  = 'I Should Be So Lucky' by Kylie Minogue (corny, we know!


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