People Getting Stabbed In Medieval Art Who Just Don’t Give a Damn

Medieval manuscripts were the imageboards of their day, full of murderous illustrations, however for some strange reason many people look as if they were bored with life anyway and their killer did them a service. Scroll down to see the funniest examples of medieval art where people are getting stabbed but just don’t give a damn.

He doesn't mind getting stabbed.


He doesn't mind being killed.

He's OK with being killed.


He doesn't mind being killed.

They don't mind being killed.

Not a single man in this battle mind being killed.

He doesn't mind being stabbed/

She doesn't mind getting stabbed.

Don't worry, she doesn't mind.

He just don't care about being murdered.

He just doesn't mind being killed.

They just don't mind being killed.

He doesn't mind being turned into an xBox.

He just doesn't mind being murdered.

He doesn't really mind being stabbed.



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  1. Anonymous November 25, 2018

    LIke life was so awful back then that getting stabbed was no big whoop?

  2. Anonymous November 25, 2018

    Would be nice to have identifying notes for each illustration.

  3. Anonymous November 25, 2018

    Agreed with the comment above, would be great to see notes for each illustration.

  4. Elizabeth November 25, 2018

    From an artist’s POV and my opinion, the painter most likely never witnessed the events themselves, and was simply going on descriptions given to them. That’s why the expressions on the victims’ faces don’t reflect what is actually happening to them.

  5. Laszlo November 25, 2018

    I guess there is at least two groups of these illsutrations. One group is where the quality of graphical expression was so primitive that illustrators used cliches for human faces, we can see actually the same faces all around the given scene. The second group is where the actors of the scene are known figures and the artist wanted to paint their faces as they were known at that time, and the weapon which actually is killing them is just exists as an attributum, facial expression was not considered important in the actual context of the painting.

  6. Toast November 25, 2018

    I think the one prior to the last one features Henry II (Plantagenet)’s knights who, though mistakenly, thought they were ordered to kill the arch bishop of Canterbury.

  7. MadeFl November 25, 2018

    Just a flesh wound!

  8. Anon. November 25, 2018

    It definitely was a different perspective on death and dying.

  9. Katy Hennessy November 25, 2018

    A funny spin on this gruesome stuff. At that time, artists struggled to create a likeness of the victim… though everyone seemed to look the same. ‘Realism’ in representational art was a difficult issue. Depth of field perspective practically non existent.

  10. Darren November 25, 2018

    2nd to last image… why is there a hamburger in the lower right corner?

  11. Anonymous November 25, 2018

    what was that saying about life i. the dark ages being “nasty, brutish, and short.”

  12. Jackie A. November 25, 2018

    Many of the pictures were illustrating saints or God-believing folk who truly believed in salvation in Jesus. The story being told in the picture was to indicate the person dying believed they were suffering for a righteous reason and going home to their heavenly Father.

  13. Anonymous November 25, 2018

    Yes Jackie that’s what I was thinking

  14. Sharon November 25, 2018

    Good Lord. Darren is Right. Thomas à Beckett in the second to last picture is getting murdered by knights sent by Henry II, and there IS a hamburger in the lower right. Perhaps he was praying just before lunch after he had been to the à MacDonald’s

  15. Anonymous November 25, 2018

    That is the hamburger of eternal justice.

  16. Anonymous November 25, 2018

    “Tiz but a scratch”…

  17. Anonymous November 25, 2018

    I think these were the inspiration behind the formation of Monty Python.

  18. Anonymous November 25, 2018

    They`re just thankful. no one wants to stay there for long.

  19. Anonymous November 25, 2018

    KSK 1912 BTW

  20. Anonymous November 25, 2018

    The guy with the axe in his head is probably St. Peter of Verona, who is said to have died in that fashion (but only after having the thing stuck in his head for five days!). I like the fifth illustration from the top. The guy getting stabbed seems to have a mandolin or similar growing out of his head. Perhaps his music displeased the king?

  21. Sal November 25, 2018

    “everything is fine”

  22. Anonymous November 25, 2018

    If they were close to 30 years old their lifespan was at an end anyway

  23. johnnyfarout November 25, 2018

    i was thinking hamburger myself tonight, weird

  24. Tara November 25, 2018

    I’m uninsured and I feel like this is my expression every time something goes wrong with/to my body. Not much you can do about it.

  25. Anonymous November 25, 2018

    Second from the top:
    “I ain’t even mad lol”.

  26. philip sajet November 25, 2018

    well, they never went to a decent art academy, that much is clear!

  27. Anonymous November 26, 2018

    If life sucked big time and suicide was not an option, getting stabbed was probably a great great relief.

  28. Godot51 November 26, 2018

    Always look on the bright side of life… (whistling)…

  29. Alex November 26, 2018

    Expressionless just like when people are shot in the movies and fall down unmoving and not rolling around screaming…

  30. Anonymous November 26, 2018

    That is a hamburger.

  31. BillS November 26, 2018

    The first image is from the Codex Manesse. The detail is Herr Reinmar von Brennenberg, a noted Minnesinger. He himself was not murdered, but his son was in 1276. Perhaps this is what this plate depicts.

  32. Alonzo Fyfe November 26, 2018

    Third from the bottom is actually from a book on surgery written around 1300.

  33. Anonymous November 26, 2018

    I think a couple of Illustrations are from the Morgan/ Maciejowski Bible…….And maybe Matthew Paris

  34. Hornblat November 26, 2018

    Makes me go hhmmm…. after what I now know about faked deaths.

  35. MAG November 26, 2018

    In many cases, it was just a system to identify martyrs saints. The guy with the sword in the head is Peter from Verona, the girl with a sword stabbed in the neck is Santa Lucia.

  36. Sheik Yerbouti November 26, 2018

    Last one is Eglon and Ehud from the book of Judges. Fat dude getting it from a rebel with a left-handed sword.

  37. Anonymous November 26, 2018

    the second from the top he is throwing his hands out as if to say ‘really, Dude!’

  38. Anonymous November 26, 2018

    A few do look mildly put out.

  39. Inkyman November 27, 2018

    Always look on the sunny side of life….

  40. Anonymous November 27, 2018

    Every one of these needs the caption; “I’m fine”.

  41. Janine November 27, 2018

    Poor person in Image 5 is not only being stabbed, but also hit on the head with a musical instrument!

  42. Cathy November 27, 2018

    Janine, he certainly has violins on his mind!

  43. Anonymous November 27, 2018

    I think it’s some kinda dispute between the Viol hat people and the weird dog-bird hat people?

  44. Anon November 27, 2018

    This is one of the best articles I’ve ever seen.

  45. William November 27, 2018

    Most of them are saints. They die for god. In that period it was against the Bible to picture humans. So they turned it into an almost cartoonist way of painting.

  46. Anonymous November 27, 2018

    In the medieval era people that were smiling with mortal wounds as showing that they are going to heaven and dont mind dying as the “christ” did serenely.

  47. Andy November 27, 2018

    Only a flesh wound…

  48. Anonymous November 27, 2018

    I agree with William and Anonymous above. In that time period it was a great honor to die for Our Lord God or Gods as in the case of Nordic peoples and Valhalla. So, in that light the artists rendering of the scene would knowingly depict the departing souls as rapturous in their departure. Pretty good article. Mostly, just the facts of the art presented.

  49. GizmoDuck November 27, 2018

    No, no! These were incredibly expressive representations of emotions from back then. You should have seen what they looked like when they weren’t being stabbed. Like they were eating salty sand, I tell ya.

  50. The Historian November 27, 2018

    @William (who said “In that period it was against the Bible to picture humans.”): WTF are you even talking about. That’s not how Medieval Christianity, or art, worked. Artists were absolutely allowed, religiously, to put people in art. They also made far more realistic statues. You must have gotten your Islamic and Medieval Christianity art history confused.

    Yes, most of these people portrayed are saints and it’s symbolism, but (a) not because Christians weren’t allowed to portray people in art realistically, and (b) that’s not the point of the joke.

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