Medieval manuscripts blog

11 September 2016

Caption Competition 8

It's time, once again, for our caption competition. This week we've chosen a gorgeous image from Royal MS 14 E V, a manuscript containing Giovanni Boccaccio's fourteenth-century De casibus virorum illustrium (On the Fates of Famous Men) in a French translation by Laurent de Premierfait, entitled 'Des cas des ruynes des nobles hommes et femmes'. This influential work was adapted and translated into Middle English in the fifteenth century by the Benedictine monk and poet, John Lydgate, as the Fall of Princes. You can see many magical manuscripts like this one on our Digitised Manuscripts site. 

Send us your suggestions to @blmedieval. Happy Captioning! 

Caption comp

Fortune appearing to Boccaccio sitting at a desk, from the start of Book 6, 'Des cas des ruynes des nobles hommes et femmes', Bruges, c. 1479-c. 1480, Royal MS 14 E V, f. 291r




I'm just carrying on gazing out of the window, and pretending the 6 armed dame is a figment of imagination.

Me? Hiding anyone? No, what on earth would make you think that?

Sorry, it clearly states here that all aliens have to provide fingerprints for all six hands

I swear, that fish that got away was THIS big!

The fishes were this big, and even I couldn't manage the loaves.

Lennon and McCartney quickly realized a song entitled "I Want To Hold Your Hand, Hand, Hand, Hand, Hand, Hand" would be awkward and edited it down...

I would love one of your massages Philippa but you can see I’m busy right now.

A Hindu goddess tries to vacation incognito in medieval Europe, with mixed results.

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