Medieval manuscripts blog

01 May 2021

Caption this

Have you missed our caption competitions? In that case, you're in for a treat today. The rules are simple. Come up with a witty caption for the image below, and send it via the comments section at the foot of this blogpost or on Twitter to @BLMedieval. There are no prizes, only the kudos of showing off your incredible wit/imagination/creativity.

The page in question is found in the spectacular Maastricht Hours (Stowe MS 17, f. 273r), made in Liège in the 14th century. You can explore the entire manuscript for yourself on the British Library's Digitised Manuscripts site.

Good luck!


A manuscript illumination showing the king of love sitting in a tree. He is flanked by two musicians, and aims his arrows at a couple sitting below

Marginal miniature of the king of love sitting in a tree with two musicians, aiming his arrows at a couple sitting below: Stowe MS 17, f. 273r


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Musicians entertained the couple as they waited for the Red Arrows' fly past

Pfizer for him - AstraZeneca for her

The Love Arrows of Time

Are you SURE this is how Cupid does it?

I don't care about the humans. I'm clearly aiming at making two soon-to-be lovebirds!

The lead singer, King, readies himself for the wild drum solo shortly after the intro into the next song, Ave Maria.

Forget social-distancing, we're about to be vaccinated.

I thought you said we'd be alone!

The prototype for endless album covers, including Otis Redding, Nick Stark, Heart, Cream, and the Beatles...

Bird watching taken to new heights?

I have been sitting up here since dawn trying to lure those birds within range and now those wretched children are going to frighten them away waith their stupid giggling

Darling - your dad and his kids follow us everywhere!

Fixus hic apud nos est animus tuus clavo Cupidinis.

King: OK, on three; "Love Me Tender."
Fiddler: No! "As Time Goes By!"
Autoharp Player: "This Magic Moment! This Magic Moment"!

"Honey, I love the musicians on our date, but I'm a little creeped out by the guy with the arrows up that tree. "

It's alright, honey. They promised they'll keep their eyes closed and not peek.

Does your mother know?

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