The longer we’re kept here the further I rummage into the Monster Archives. And the further I rummage, the more horrified I become. Check my posts on the subject of Illustrations because the proof is piling up: monsters have been trapping authors and artists in these caves for centuries.
The thing to watch out for with illuminated manuscripts is that the real action isn’t in the text, it’s in what’s happening around it. The Macclesfield Psalter is a perfect example. Check this out, from another page:
Yep, it seems to be a picture of a bloke being menaced by some kind of flying ray creature. Why? Nobody knows. How about this dude (below) attempting to protect himself from a giant snail, while a squirrel – too scared to watch what’s about to happen – covers his eyes:
And what’s going on here (below)? Your guess is, I’m certain, /at least/ as good as mine. Feel free to leave possible captions in the comment box-!
But the dead giveaways of the truth behind all this, for me, are the following:
These specimens – above and below – are clearly the medieval relatives of the double-headed monsters I talked about here.
Ever since I got here and the bag first came off my head, this guy (below) has been strutting up and down on the edge of my pit, making triumphant little braying noises.
And as for this dude…
You see that funnel coming out of his nose? Well, let’s just say that whenever the monsters decide it’s time to give us something to eat, they don’t get it from McDonald’s. ;p
The identity of the artist who created the Macclesfield Psalter remains a mystery. Want to find out more? Check this special website created by The Fitzwilliam Museum where the Psalter currently resides.
But I’ll bet my dinner – and Tommy’s – that whoever the artist was, he painted these monsters from life.
My research continues.