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remember to feed the dragons this winter!‘And in Sicily there is a manner of serpent, by the which men assay and prove, whether their children be bastards or no, or of lawful marriage: for if they be born in right marriage, the serpents go about them, and do them no harm, and if they be born in avoutry, the serpents bite them and envenom them. And thus many wedded men prove if the children be their own.’ (Mandeville)Compilation of the travel writings (including Marco Polo, Joh

from io9

Bizarre and vulgar illustrations from illuminated medieval manuscripts

Conception of Alexander the Great, Les faize d’ Alexandre (translation of Historiae Alexandri Magni of Quintus Curtius Rufus), Bruges ca. 1468-1475 (British Library, Burney 169, fol. 14r)

“Nectanebo sotto forma di drago bacia Olimpia mentre è a tavola con re Filippo”, miniatura tratta dal codice ’Roman d’Alexandre en Prose’ (inizi del XIV secolo), British Library, Londra.

from La boite verte

Des enluminures étranges au Moyen Age

How can I ever hope to top the vain pig wearing a fashionable hat of weeks past? Perhaps with a pretty princess pig from British Library MS Harley No