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Medieval Beast Banter: An Unorthodox Approach To Art History.

Medieval Beast Banter: An Unorthodox Approach To Art History.

Above Photo: This boar thought he had it under control but he did not.

Although not much to do with my Punk and New Wave Memoir, Bombed Out!, someone recently sent me an article called “44 Medieval Beasts That Cannot Even Handle It Right Now” by Tom Phillips on the website www.buzzfeed.com.

I thought it was excellent: the depth of research to find the 44 mythical, beautifully drawn animals in medieval illuminated manuscripts is alone an impressive feat. And then to write such amusingly witless prose, masquerading as artistic commentary, is a stroke of genius.

This basilisk is totally losing its shit with the ferret questioning its decision to murder that guy.

This basilisk is totally losing its shit with the ferret questioning its decision to murder that guy.

I have just added my favourites here, with the captions as written in the original article. The link to the full article is at the end, and it’s well worth checking out. If you don’t like his commentaries, you can still enjoy the drawings, which were done by Monks in monasteries across Europe, over 1,000 years ago.

This griffin cannot handle it right now.

This griffin cannot handle it right now.

This basilisk just CAN’T with these snakes.

This basilisk just CAN’T with these snakes.

This crocodile just wants it all to STOP.

This crocodile just wants it all to STOP.

This cat should NEVER have asked that donkey to join the band.

This cat should NEVER have asked that donkey to join the band.

This bear is FREAKING OUT over these bagpipes.

This bear is FREAKING OUT over these bagpipes.

This panther COMPLETELY FORGOT it had invited friends round for lunch.

This panther COMPLETELY FORGOT it had invited friends round for lunch.

 This bear is just like “what now?” with this guy.

This bear is just like “what now?” with this guy.

 This cat has had it RIGHT UP TO HERE with this stringed instrument.

This cat has had it RIGHT UP TO HERE with this stringed instrument.

This pard cannot handle ANY of this. It JUST…CAN…NOT.

This pard cannot handle ANY of this. It JUST…CAN…NOT.

This owl has HAD IT with all these fucking tiny birds pecking its man-face.

This owl has HAD IT with all these fucking tiny birds pecking its man-face.

LINK to the full article and photos here: http://www.buzzfeed.com/tomphillips/medieval-beasts-that-cannot-even-handle-it-right-now#2epf2di

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