That moment of realization that something is terribly, terribly wrong.
In this medieval bestiary, a kind of encyclopedia of animals where Christian symbolism is found in individual creatures, the aspidochelone (a scheming whale-like creature) lures unwary sailors into thinking that its broad back is a safe island haven. Once it feels the sailors build a fire, it dives deep into the ocean, taking the hapless men with it. This sea monster was understood as an allegory of the devil, who plunges unsuspecting sinners into hell.
#ThyCaptionBe is a celebration of modern interpretations of medieval aesthetics. You guess what the heck is going on, then we myth-bust.
“It is prescribed in our laws that we shall have four Quarter Courts. Each chieftain who has an ancient and full chieftaincy shall nominate a man to join a court. And those are full and ancient chieftaincies which existed when there were three assemblies in each Quarter and three chieftains in each assembly. The assemblies were then not split up. If chieftaincies are divided into shares, then those who have part of ancient chieftaincies are to arrange it so that nomination is made in the way now told. Then the Quarter Courts are complete.”
Source: Andrew Denis, Peter Foote, and Richard Perkins trans., Laws of Early Iceland: Grágás I. (University of Manitoba Press, 2012), 53.
One of my favorites: Free Library of Philadelphia Lewis T492, where the border from one page has been cut out and pasted on another page. #medieval #medievalmanuscript #defacing (at University of Pennsylvania)