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  1. Care Bear June 28, 2020

    There’s a Ted Talks about this. It’s called “What is a butt tuba and why is it in medieval art?” It also explains the Knights fighting giant snails.

  2. Freddie June 28, 2020

    Those were gay times.

  3. Godot51 June 28, 2020

    Sexually repressed boredom…

  4. Anonymous June 29, 2020

    that’s celestial music.

  5. Billb June 29, 2020

    1/ ‘Trump’ is a dialect word for ‘fart’
    2/ If someone is said to be ‘Talking out his arse’ he is talking rubbish.

    Many interesting visual puns can be made combining these two statements.

  6. Michel June 29, 2020

    This allowed deaf people to enjoy the concert too!

  7. Mike June 29, 2020

    Arse longa; vita brevis…

  8. ed in texas June 29, 2020

    I’m thinking that the medieval monks doing the illustrating wanted to make a statement about flatulence, most probably among other monks…

  9. Gene Evanson June 29, 2020

    They probably thought the flatulence was a way of expelling demons from the body. Because it was relieving and it smelled like brimstone.

  10. Neil June 29, 2020

    Look into the dietary habits of medieval times and you might conclude it was simply a very flatulent era. Chaucer was big on farts too.

  11. Weasel June 29, 2020

    I believe it is just the artists critique on brass instrument playing talent in the middle ages

  12. Anonymous June 29, 2020

    it’s fun to pimp the signifant other

  13. Anonymous June 29, 2020

    In my experience the average 10 year old finds fourteenth century humor screamingly funny.

  14. Anonymous June 29, 2020

    Truly tooting your own horn…

  15. JT June 30, 2020

    Signifies the heralding of bull****?

  16. AnonyMouse June 30, 2020

    They say it went over like a ‘fart in church’.

  17. Anonymous June 30, 2020

    teeRump addressing teeRumpets that enjoy his golfing handicap.

  18. SKubbs June 30, 2020

    Ian James Poulter has missed his calling.

  19. Anonymous July 1, 2020

    Toilet humor never goes out of style. (rimshot)

  20. pjcamp July 4, 2020

    Medieval marginalia was mostly commentary on the text. This expresses disapproval of whatever is going on. Don’t read Latin so can’t tell you exactly what.

  21. james July 5, 2020

    Rusty trombone

  22. frootsnloops July 7, 2020

    Martin Luther actually wrote about his belief that farts dispelled demons. Kinda like a spiritual Orkin!

  23. zeph July 12, 2020

    Mike – best comment ever. A million thumbs up, likes, and retweets. Retoots maybe.

  24. GimlyChowderhead July 21, 2020

    Medieval comic books

  25. Michael Fitzjames August 19, 2020

    Artists blowing a rasberry (aka Bronx cheer) to the dominant paradigm.

  26. Anonymous October 29, 2020

    To me, this illustrates the earthy and rich humor in the monasteries, as well as a whimsicality and realism. Realism? Why do I say realism? About such grotesque figures? Realism about the body and its absurdities, about “brother ass” as Saint Francis referred to the body, figuring it as a stubborn donkey that carries our burdens yet has its own needs. We have to remember these were produced in scriptoriums under strict supervision, and so everything one finds in a manuscript had to have supervisory and collective approval. Since these figures are usually “marginalia”, it may tell us something about the medieval mind. We should recall as well these are usually found in religious texts. In the center of the page we find the important and serious matter, but it is on the edges that whimsicality may come out to play, and I think we would find this articulates in form a more general philosophy of life, particularly as we consider the products of the scriptorium as official and approved.

  27. namrehcram October 31, 2020

    Definitely not a protestant mindset.

  28. Anonymous October 31, 2020

    Obviously symbolic prophecies of a Biden rally.

  29. Refus Mann November 1, 2020

    Seems someone knew Dugout Don was coming. They are TRUMPets.

  30. Anonymous November 1, 2020

    Did Monty Python ever use these in their intro to their show?🤔

  31. Arne Zaslove December 8, 2020

    I spotted a word in several of the texts that means ‘Fart’, and since French comes from Latin, the French have a saying about a vain and self centered person, [no French on my computer] Translated, “One is lifted [raised] by his own Fart” ‘PETARD’

  32. El December 10, 2020

    Come on! Everyone loves a good fart joke!

  33. Anonymous December 13, 2020

    Can’t help but think they are comments on the text, carrying a meaning similar to the modern phrase “talking out his ass”.

  34. Eber Flamenco December 24, 2020

    ok PLASE VOTE FUOR ME next El Presidente of teh Untied Stats 2020 not too late!!

    also waht is bitcoin

  35. Anonymous February 6, 2021

    Talk about “blowing it out your ass”!

  36. HeppCat April 24, 2021

    Quite… astute.

  37. Anonymous May 14, 2021

    Public flatulence as highly regarded at that time. Butt, was reserved for the humble without humility.

  38. Ambaryerno August 22, 2021

    I believe it comes down to two points:

    1) It took a LONG time to write or copy a book in the time before the printing press. It was also boring as hell. The artwork was thus used as a way for the scribe to entertain himself, much like a student in class will doodle in their notebook.

    2) Medieval people were still PEOPLE, and were just as apt to combine vulgarity, absurdity, and creativity as we are today.

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