Labours of the Month: November

Imagine you are standing at the edge of a forest on a cold November day. The periodic thump of a woodsman's axe echoes in the still air and from the shade beneath the trees there comes the sound of many animals rooting around in the fallen leaves. You hear their grunts and the occasional thwack of the swineherd's stick …

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Gallery of Grotesques: Sadistic monkeys

Manuscript B.11.22 is a book of hours from the 13th/14th century.  Described as 'exquisitely written and ornamented, imperfect. Almost certainly of Flemish execution', each image is accompanied by M.R. James' description. It all starts out innocently enough ... ... but things takes a sinister turn   Find out more here about the depiction of monkeys or …

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