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August 1 2014

Naughty Nuns, Flatulent Monks, and Other Surprises of Sacred Medieval Manuscripts


Flipping through an illustrated manuscript from the 13th century, youíd be forgiven for thinking that Jesus loved a good fart joke. Thatís because the margins of these handmade devotional books were filled with imagery depicting everything from scatological humor to mythical beasts to sexually explicit satire. Though we may still get a kick out of poop jokes, we arenít used to seeing them visualized in such lurid detail, and certainly not in holy books.

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