Medieval manuscripts blog

06 June 2021

Caption competition time

It's time to put on your thinking caps again. What do you imagine is happening here?

This scene is found in a manuscript of Les Grandes chroniques de France, made in Paris sometime between 1332 and 1350 (Royal MS 16 G VI, f. 17r). We know that it was made for John the Good, duke of Normandy (1332–1350) and subsequently King John II of France (1350–1364), probably before his accession to the French throne.

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A manuscript illumination showing a messenger kneeling on the right, dressed in red robes, presenting a letter to a king wearing a crown, with another figure standing behind him


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I swear! I promise! IT IS GOOD NEWS!

I've tried everything sire, but it just won't wash out!

Stop moaning about the length of the scewer and just get the blasted marshmallows toasted!

Now courier, if I've told you once, I've told you a thousand times, I am done answering fan mail for the week!

out, out, damn spot

I ordered those chicken wings over an hour ago. "30 minutes or it's free!" your ad says. And they're cold. No tip for you, either. And what's with your hair?

My liege, 'tis the latest upgrade from Apple

Oooh, Nice underwear but I *love* that hat!

“Yes, yes, war... but, d’you see, THAT is how I want my fringe”

I will accept the vaccine, it’s the size of your needle that worries me!

You’re not vaccinating us with that!

Nay, sire do not be afraid. It is not sorcery... a new confection from the orange and something called a cocoa bean

No, that doesn't license you to carry a spear in the house.-OUT!

"With Crusaders in the know, it's Luckies 2 to 1!"

"LS/MFT! Lucky Strikes Mean Fighting Turks!"

Sire, Robin Hood has installed ransomware on your calligrapher.

You've eaten them all bar the ones with the nuts!

timeo danaos et rosa ferentes

The balance of probabilities favours the one closest to the ground (of our being)

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