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19 August 2018

Caption competition August 2018

Regular followers of the Medieval Manuscripts Blog may know that we occasionally run a caption competition, soliciting weird and wonderful suggestions from our readers. This month we'd like you to tell us what's happening in this image. It's taken from Sloane MS 1975, a medical and herbal miscellany made in the 12th century. Some of its other illustrations are not for the squeamish. Check out the medical procedures on ff. 91v and 93r, for instance. But today we'd like you to focus on the page reproduced below.

You can make a comment at the foot of this blogpost or you can tweet your suggestions to @BLMedieval. There are no prizes but we will publish and retweet the best, so put your thinking caps on!

A detail from a medical and herbal miscellany, showing an illustration of a figure holding a weapon, beside two hybrid creatures.

A medical and herbal miscellany: Sloane MS 1975, f. 13r


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Mom says it's my turn to use the axe you guys.

Are you sure that this is the best way to practice my golf swing?

Gotta Catch ‘Em All

Botox, before & after: not recommended!

Why can't you bring me dead mice like normal cats do?

What do mean try a slug pellit. You'll have the green man on my tail

It's a bumper year for bedbugs

I told you not to put that scorpion under the grow-light!

If only we had rats like other castles.

Just swinging along, singing a song....

"Are you going to eat that?"

My dragon and I against the king of scorpions, or: Let's smash that vermin!

Have a heart - it's only a teensy little dragon.

I thought the dragon was kind of cute, but she comes with baggage.

"Try it," he told me."It won't give you hallucinations, I promise..."

“Of course you can take Beasty for a walk...I’m off to Todd’s to make some pies”

It;s easy - 1 2 3 KICK 1 2 3 KICK

I wish they would make these homeopathic ingredients easier to find...

Doctor: Are you coughing anything up?
Patient: Yes. A scorpion and a dragon.

What idiot "drained the swamp?"

shall we have it fried or boiled? and do you want chips and baked beans with it?

Hey Man! Don't kill us. Kill the cruelty that resides in you humans.

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