A Fluffle of Bunnies

This artful limner or illuminator included this selfie in his illustration for a 14th century Bible in the treasury at Rheims Cathedral.

Since we are in the Octave of Easter I present for your consideration a fluffle (and yes that is the correct collective noun for a bunch of bunnies) of rabbits as seen through the eyes of Medieval limners.

A friend of mine, who was a Medieval scholar, always said that Monty Python and the Holy Grail was historically accurate in much of its detail.  I think I’ve finally figured out where they found the inspiration for The Killer Rabbit of Caerbannog.  If these illustrations are anywhere near the truth bunnies back then were vicious!

So much for Flopsy, Mopsy, and Cottontail or even Bugs Bunny – you don’t fool with that fluffle!  However this next group may speak to that old adage about music soothing the savage breast.

All these delightful (?) bunnies were found on Discarding Images a Facebook page that features illustrations from the margins, borders and capitals of illuminated manuscripts.  It’s a constant source of amusement, pleasure, and offers brilliant examples of the illuminator’s art.  However you really have to wonder about the strength of their mead or what exactly good brother herbalist was giving them to steady their hands and improve their eyesight.

On this day in 1025: Bolesław Chrobry is crowned in Gniezno, becoming the first King of Poland.

Author: Willym

A senior with the heart of a young'un

3 thoughts on “A Fluffle of Bunnies”

  1. Great illustrations. And so contemporary looking. So far today on blogs, I’ve learned that white asparagus is simply green asparagus with no sun and that bunnies travel in fluffles!

  2. I just connected the dots! Terry Jones of Monty Python was a scholar of Medieval studies. I wonder if it was he who made the killer rabbit based on these lovelies?

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