Weird Trippy Sex Pictures From Illuminated Medieval Manuscripts

The Illuminated Medievil manuscripts contained asides, jokes, barbs and revelations as to what a monk was thinking as he sat, head bowed over a book, his being, soul and genitals lashed with dread warnings about sex, demons and the the hellish hereafter.

 

(circumcision of Abraham, Genesis 17-23-26) Bible of Jean de Sy, Paris ca. 1355-1357 BnF, Français 15397, fol. 22v

(circumcision of Abraham, Genesis 17-23-26) Bible of Jean de Sy, Paris ca. 1355-1357 BnF, Français 15397, fol. 22v

ibook of hours, England ca. 1300 Baltimore, Walters Art Museum, Ms. W.102, fol. 75v

ibook of hours, England ca. 1300 Baltimore, Walters Art Museum, Ms. W.102, fol. 75v

book of hours, England ca. 1300 Baltimore, Walters Art Museum, Ms. W.102, fol. 75v

book of hours, England ca. 1300 Baltimore, Walters Art Museum, Ms. W.102, fol. 75v

Luttrell Psalter, England ca. 1325-1340 British Library, Add 42130, fol. 185r

Luttrell Psalter, England ca. 1325-1340 British Library, Add 42130, fol. 185r

‘Hours of Joanna the Mad’, Bruges 1486-1506 BL, Add 18852, fol. 203r

‘Hours of Joanna the Mad’, Bruges 1486-1506 BL, Add 18852, fol. 203r

‘Le livre de Lancelot du Lac’, France ca. 1401-1425 Paris, Bibliothèque de l'Arsenal 3480, p. 33

‘Le livre de Lancelot du Lac’, France ca. 1401-1425 Paris, Bibliothèque de l’Arsenal 3480, p. 33

Royal 10 E.IV, f.49v

Revelation 18:1-2 ‘And after these things I saw another angel come down from heaven, having great power; and the earth was lightened with his glory. And he cried mightily with a strong voice, saying, Babylon the great is fallen, is fallen, and is become the habitation of devils, and the hold of every foul spirit, and a cage of every unclean and hateful bird.’ Apocalypse, Normandy ca. 1330

Revelation 18:1-2 ‘And after these things I saw another angel come down from heaven, having great power; and the earth was lightened with his glory. And he cried mightily with a strong voice, saying, Babylon the great is fallen, is fallen, and is become the habitation of devils, and the hold of every foul spirit, and a cage of every unclean and hateful bird.’
Apocalypse, Normandy ca. 1330

‘The Maastricht Hours’, Liège 14th century British Library, Stowe 17, fol. 202r

pontifical, Avignon ca. 1330-1340 Tours, Bibliothèque municipale, ms. Diocèse 8, fol. 59r

pontifical, Avignon ca. 1330-1340 Tours, Bibliothèque municipale, ms. Diocèse 8, fol. 59r

Beatus of Liébana, Commentarius in Apocalypsin, Burgos ca. 1180 NY, Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1991.232.6

Beatus of Liébana, Commentarius in Apocalypsin, Burgos ca. 1180 NY, Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1991.232.6

Matfre Ermengau, Breviari d'amor, Occitania 14th century BnF, Français 857, fol. 197v

Matfre Ermengau, Breviari d’amor, Occitania 14th century BnF, Français 857, fol. 197v

Jacob van Maerlant, Der Naturen Bloeme, Flanders ca. 1350 Den Haag, Koninklijke Bibliotheek, KA 16, fol. 108v

Jacob van Maerlant, Der Naturen Bloeme, Flanders ca. 1350 Den Haag, Koninklijke Bibliotheek, KA 16, fol. 108v

Thomas de Kent, Le roman d’Alexandre ou Le roman de toute chevalerie, London ca. 1308-1312 BnF, Français 24364, fol. 67r

Thomas de Kent, Le roman d’Alexandre ou Le roman de toute chevalerie, London ca. 1308-1312 BnF, Français 24364, fol. 67r

caab, a legendary marine animal Petrus Candidus Decembrius, De animantium naturis, Italy ca. 1515 Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana, Urb.lat.276, fol. 128v

caab, a legendary marine animal Petrus Candidus Decembrius, De animantium naturis, Italy ca. 1515 Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana, Urb.lat.276, fol. 128v

Speculum Humanae Salvationis, Germany 14th century Karlsruhe, Badische Landesbibliothek, Cod. 3378, p. 96

Speculum Humanae Salvationis, Germany 14th century Karlsruhe, Badische Landesbibliothek, Cod. 3378, p. 96

Antithesis Christi et Antichristi (Jenský kodex:Jena Codex), Bohemia ca. 1490-1510. Praha, Knihovna Národního muzea, IV.B.24, fol. 80r

Antithesis Christi et Antichristi (Jenský kodex:Jena Codex), Bohemia ca. 1490-1510. Praha, Knihovna Národního muzea, IV.B.24, fol. 80r

‘The Maastricht Hours’, Liège 14th century British Library, Stowe 17, fol. 197v

‘The Maastricht Hours’, Liège 14th century British Library, Stowe 17, fol. 197v

‘The Maastricht Hours’, Liège 14th century British Library, Stowe 17, fol. 162r

Pontifical of Guillaume Durand, Avignon, before 1390 Paris, Bibliothèque Sainte-Geneviève, ms. 143, fol. 165r

Pontifical of Guillaume Durand, Avignon, before 1390 Paris, Bibliothèque Sainte-Geneviève, ms. 143, fol. 165r

Le livre de Lancelot du Lac & other Arthurian Romances, Northern France ca. 1275-1300 Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library, MS 229, fol. 31r

lizard girl 'Breviary of Queen Isabella of Castile', Bruges ca. 1497

lizard girl ‘Breviary of Queen Isabella of Castile’, Bruges ca. 1497

crowd of the damned Pamplona Bible, Navarre 1197 Amiens, Bibliothèque municipale, ms. 108, fol. 254r

crowd of the damned Pamplona Bible, Navarre 1197 Amiens, Bibliothèque municipale, ms. 108, fol. 254r

‘The Maastricht Hours’, Liège 14th century British Library, Stowe 17, fol. 8r

‘The Maastricht Hours’, Liège 14th century British Library, Stowe 17, fol. 8r

Maqamat al-Hariri (Maqāma 32), Syria or Iraq ca. 1240 BnF, Arabe 3929, fol. 122r

Maqamat al-Hariri (Maqāma 32), Syria or Iraq ca. 1240 BnF, Arabe 3929, fol. 122r

‘The Smithfield Decretals’ (Decretals of Gregory IX with glossa ordinaria), Tolouse ca. 1300, illuminations added in London ca. 1340 British Library, Royal 10 E IV, fol. 30v

reviary, Rouen before 1498 Besançon, bibliothèque municipale, ms. 69, p. 269

reviary, Rouen before 1498 Besançon, bibliothèque municipale, ms. 69, p. 269

Froissart’s Chronicles, Bruges ca. 1470-1475 Paris, BnF, Français 2643, fol. 72r

Froissart’s Chronicles, Bruges ca. 1470-1475 Paris, BnF, Français 2643, fol. 72r

Bestiary:Liber de natura bestiarum, England after 1236. British Library, Harley 3244, fol. 55v

Bestiary:Liber de natura bestiarum, England after 1236. British Library, Harley 3244, fol. 55v

Histoire de Merlin, France (Poitiers), 1450-1455. BnF, Français 96, fol. 62v

Histoire de Merlin, France (Poitiers), 1450-1455. BnF, Français 96, fol. 62v

Roman de la Rose, France 14th century. Paris, Bibliothèque nationale de France, Français 25526, fols. 106v, 160r

Roman de la Rose, France 14th century. Paris, Bibliothèque nationale de France, Français 25526, fols. 106v, 160r

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

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

Pontifical of Guillaume Durand, Avignon, before 1390. Paris, Bibliothèque Sainte-Geneviève, ms. 143, fol. 165r

Pontifical of Guillaume Durand, Avignon, before 1390. Paris, Bibliothèque Sainte-Geneviève, ms. 143, fol. 165r

Luttrell Psalter, England ca. 1325-1340. British Library, Add 42130, fol. 186r

Luttrell Psalter, England ca. 1325-1340. British Library, Add 42130, fol. 186r

John Arderne, De arte phisicali et de cirurgia, England ca. 1425. Stockholm, Kungliga biblioteket, X 118

John Arderne, De arte phisicali et de cirurgia, England ca. 1425. Stockholm, Kungliga biblioteket, X 118

Luttrell Psalter, England ca. 1325-1340.   British Library, Add 42130, fol. 62v

Luttrell Psalter, England ca. 1325-1340. British Library, Add 42130, fol. 62v

Decretum Gratiani with the commentary of Bartolomeo da Brescia, Italy 1340-1345. Lyon, BM, Ms 5128, fol. 100r

Decretum Gratiani with the commentary of Bartolomeo da Brescia, Italy 1340-1345. Lyon, BM, Ms 5128, fol. 100r

Roman d’Alexandre, Tournai 1338-1344. Bodleian Library, MS. Bodl. 264, fol. 56r

Roman d’Alexandre, Tournai 1338-1344. Bodleian Library, MS. Bodl. 264, fol. 56r

Ars bene moriendi, France 1470-1480. Marseille, Bibliothèque municipale, ms. 89, fol. 63r

Ars bene moriendi, France 1470-1480. Marseille, Bibliothèque municipale, ms. 89, fol. 63r

sweeping the letters  book of hours (Hours of Marguerite d'Orléans), Rennes ca. 1430.

sweeping the letters book of hours (Hours of Marguerite d’Orléans), Rennes ca. 1430.

bat in a hat book of hours, Picardy 15th century Abbeville, Bibliothèque municipale, ms. 16, fol. 31v

bat in a hat book of hours, Picardy 15th century Abbeville, Bibliothèque municipale, ms. 16, fol. 31v

Cat playing a bagpipe in a Book of Hours, Paris, c. 1460

Cat playing a bagpipe in a Book of Hours, Paris, c. 1460

MEDIEVAL KAMASUTRA Book of Hours, France 15th century. Bibliothèque de Genève, Ms. lat. 33, fol. 79v

MEDIEVAL KAMASUTRA Book of Hours, France 15th century. Bibliothèque de Genève, Ms. lat. 33, fol. 79v

THE CAT & THE FIDDLE Book of Hours, England, 1320-1330. BL, Harley 6563, fol. 40r

THE CAT & THE FIDDLE Book of Hours, England, 1320-1330. BL, Harley 6563, fol. 40r

The Annunciation to the Shepherds; Follower of the Egerton Master (French / Netherlandish active about 1405 - 1420); Paris, France; about 1410; Tempera colors, gold leaf, gold paint, and ink on parchment; Leaf: 19.1 x 14 cm (7 1/2 x 5 1/2 in.); Ms. Ludwig IX 5, fol. 64v

The Annunciation to the Shepherds; Follower of the Egerton Master (French / Netherlandish active about 1405 – 1420); Paris, France; about 1410; Tempera colors, gold leaf, gold paint, and ink on parchment; Leaf: 19.1 x 14 cm (7 1/2 x 5 1/2 in.); Ms. Ludwig IX 5, fol. 64v

Foxes vs. Monkeys from a 13th-century Bible

Foxes vs. Monkeys from a 13th-century Bible

Walking Fish from a 13th-century English Bible

Walking Fish from a 13th-century English Bible

Snail vs. Knight, from The Smithsfield Decretals, decretals of Gregory IX, Tolouse, c. 1300. Illuminations were added about forty years later in London.

Snail vs. Knight, from The Smithsfield Decretals, decretals of Gregory IX, Tolouse, c. 1300. Illuminations were added about forty years later in London.

Rabbits killing men in The Smithfield Decretals, c. 1300

Rabbits killing men in The Smithfield Decretals, c. 1300

Cats vs. rabbits, headless people, and a lion playing the violin in the Breviary of Renaud de Bar, France, 1302-1303

Cats vs. rabbits, headless people, and a lion playing the violin in the Breviary of Renaud de Bar, France, 1302-1303

Long Neck, from Book Of Hours, England, early 14th century

Long Neck, from Book Of Hours, England, early 14th century

The Thinker Monkey, from the Breviary of Mary of Savoy, Lombardy, c. 1430

The Thinker Monkey, from the Breviary of Mary of Savoy, Lombardy, c. 1430

Aliens with a to-do list and a whip, in Livres du roi Modus et de la reine Ratio, France, 15th century

Aliens with a to-do list and a whip, in Livres du roi Modus et de la reine Ratio, France, 15th century

A Dalmatian Sea Monster, an illustration by Poggio Bracciolini, added to a copy of Le Miroir du Monde, mid-15th century

A Dalmatian Sea Monster, an illustration by Poggio Bracciolini, added to a copy of Le Miroir du Monde, mid-15th century

An illustration from Les faize d'Alexandre (a translation of Historiae Alexandri Magni of Quintus Curtius Rufus), Bruges, c. 1468-1475

An illustration from Les faize d’Alexandre (a translation of Historiae Alexandri Magni of Quintus Curtius Rufus), Bruges, c. 1468-1475

Cosmographie universelle, 1555

Cosmographie universelle, 1555

Nürnberger Schembart-Buch, 17th century

Nürnberger Schembart-Buch, 17th century

rabbit warrior Vincent of Beauvais, Speculum historiale, France ca. 1294-1297 Boulogne-sur-Mer, Bibliothèque municipale, ms. 130II, fol. 319v

rabbit warrior
Vincent of Beauvais, Speculum historiale, France ca. 1294-1297
Boulogne-sur-Mer, Bibliothèque municipale, ms. 130II, fol. 319v

 

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