Medieval Europe in Pics

THEME: A page related to medieval history and culture. Mainly illuminations, mosaics, frescoes and other works of art from era 500-1500. Occasionally also paintings portraying important figures / events of Medieval Europe. In addition I collect links to translated medieval manuscripts.

My other tumblr pages:
Ancient Greece - Architecture
Ancient Rome - Architecture
Roman And Greek Art
Art G4llery
History In Pics
Zillion Wonders of the World

As for following you - this is a secondary blog so I can't follow you back under this name even I would like to. I follow though a lots of blogs and i've tried to record their URL:s into my "I follow" pages. (this page / one of the above mentioned)
Bayeux Tapestry

Bayeux Tapestry

First Page of Leges Palatinae Iacobi III Regis Maioricarum.  King James II of Majorca (reign 1276-1311)  is portrayed on the top of page.

Source: “Leges Palatinae Iacobi III Regis Maioricarum” di Jaume III de Mallorca -ón de Aragón, pàg. 79. Frontis de las Leges Palatinae Maioricensis. Pintura al temple y aplicaciones de oro sobre pergamino, h. 1337. Bibliothèque Royal de Bruseles, ms. 9169, f.1. Con licenza Public domain tramite Wikimedia Commons -


Mystras, Byzantine fortress outside of Sparta, Greece. February 2009.

Hi, regarding your post on the “Funny Rabbits” they are an ancient symbol I seem to remember them being associated with the goddess Ēostre hence the association or Rabbits / Hares and Easter.

Statue of Charles I of Anjou

Arnolfo di Cambio

c. 1277

Capitoline Museums, Rome

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50r, Gospels, Add MS 40618, British Library

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A look at medieval friendship. ~S

Friendship Networks in Medieval Europe: New models of a political relationship

Julian P. Haseldine

AMITY: The Journal of Friendship Studies (2013) 1: 69-88 


This article proposes a model of political friendship in the European Middle Ages drawn from current research into medieval friendship networks. It reviews the main interpretive and methodological developments in network studies for this period, now emerging as a distinct research area from the more established fields of the theory and philosophy of friendship and the study of particular relationships and their emotional content. Recent research proposes friendship as a distinct category of social and political relations separate from patronage, kinship and other bonds, in ways which mark a break from earlier, anthropologically-based approaches…

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Funny rabbits

I just encountered this clever and amusing image in a French database of medieval manuscripts. It shows three rabbits running in circles - with shared ears. There is nothing much to this drawing from a book-historical point of view, except to say that it has an Escher-feel to it. In fact, I am not even sure what it means to convey. I am simply sharing it here because the ear entanglement is so cleverly done - and the whole scene brought a big smile to my face.

Pic: Arras, Bibliothèque municipale, MS 7 (13th century).

Note: Various followers on Tumblr and Twitter pointed out parallels of these three hares, both in western and eastern art. This Wikepedia offers more information (link provided by this and this follower).


Huginn and Muninn are a pair of ravens that fly all over the world, Midgard, and bring information to the god Odin.

Viking amulet, IX - X centuries.

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An early 14th century wooden statue - possibly made in Gotland - portraying Olof, patron saint of Norway. The cult of St. Olof spread throughout Baltic region and in Finland he was most popular saint after Virgin Mary.

Originally from Padasjoki church, currently in National museum of Finland