asinus ad citharamBible, France ca. 1200.
Paris, BnF, Arsenal 4, fol. 155v

asinus ad citharam

Bible, France ca. 1200.

Paris, BnF, Arsenal 4, fol. 155v

medieval butt competition? left: Jacques de Longuyon, ‘Les voeux du paon’, Tournai (?), ca. 1350.
NY, Morgan, MS G.24, fol. 25vright: ‘The Rutland Psalter’, England ca. 1260.
British Library, Add 62925, fol. 67r

medieval butt competition? 

left: Jacques de Longuyon, ‘Les voeux du paon’, Tournai (?), ca. 1350.

NY, Morgan, MS G.24, fol. 25v

right: ‘The Rutland Psalter’, England ca. 1260.

British Library, Add 62925, fol. 67r

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

holy hemorrhoid 

Roman d’Alexandre, Tournai 1338-1344.

Bodleian Library, MS. Bodl. 264, fol. 56r

archery training 
above: Psalm 85:14 ‘Deus, iniqui insurrexerunt super me, et synagoga potentium quesierunt animam meam: et non proposuerunt te in conspectu suo’ (‘O God, the proud are risen against me, and the assemblies of violent men have sought after my soul; and have not set thee before them’)
'The Rutland Psalter', England ca. 1260.
British Library, Add 62925, fol. 87v

archery training 

above: Psalm 85:14 ‘Deus, iniqui insurrexerunt super me, et synagoga potentium quesierunt animam meam: et non proposuerunt te in conspectu suo’ (‘O God, the proud are risen against me, and the assemblies of violent men have sought after my soul; and have not set thee before them’)

'The Rutland Psalter', England ca. 1260.

British Library, Add 62925, fol. 87v

Palm Sunday!entry of Christ into Jerusalem (detail), ‘Comment jhesucrist entra en jherusalem’ 'Livre d'images de madame Marie', Hainaut or Brabant ca. 1280-1290.
BnF, Nouvelle acquisition française 16251, fol. 29r

Palm Sunday!

entry of Christ into Jerusalem (detail), ‘Comment jhesucrist entra en jherusalem’ 

'Livre d'images de madame Marie', Hainaut or Brabant ca. 1280-1290.

BnF, Nouvelle acquisition française 16251, fol. 29r

floral borderLe Livre des hystoires du Mirouer du monde, Paris 15th century.
BnF, Français 328, fol. 10r

floral border

Le Livre des hystoires du Mirouer du monde, Paris 15th century.

BnF, Français 328, fol. 10r

ape archerPontifical of Guillaume Durand, Avignon, before 1390.
Paris, Bibliothèque Sainte-Geneviève, ms. 143, fol. 145v

ape archer

Pontifical of Guillaume Durand, Avignon, before 1390.

Paris, Bibliothèque Sainte-Geneviève, ms. 143, fol. 145v

medieval Goatsebelow: Psalm 44(45):9-10 ‘[Mirra et gutta et casia a vestimentis tuis, a domibus eburneis; ex quibus delec]taverunt te filie regum [in honore tuo]’ (‘All thy garments smell of myrrhe, and aloes, and cassia: out of the Iuorie palaces, whereby they haue made thee glad. Kings daughters were among thy honourable women’)
cf. the dialogue of Solomon and Marcolf: ‘The king Salomon discended from hys hors and began to loke into the oven. Marcolphus laye all crokyd, hys vysage from hymwardes, had put downe hys breche into hys hammes that he myght se hys arshole and alle hys othre fowle gere. As the kyng Salomon, that seyng, demawnded what laye there, Marcolph answeryd: I am here. Salomon: Wherefore lyest thou thus? Marcolf: For ye have commaunded me that ye shulde no more se me betwyxt myn yes. Now and ye woll not se me betwyxt myn yes, ye may se me betwene my buttockys in the myddes of myn arsehole.’Gorleston Psalter, England 14th century (British Library, Additional 49622, fol. 61r)

medieval Goatse

below: Psalm 44(45):9-10 ‘[Mirra et gutta et casia a vestimentis tuis, a domibus eburneis; ex quibus delec]taverunt te filie regum [in honore tuo]’ (‘All thy garments smell of myrrhe, and aloes, and cassia: out of the Iuorie palaces, whereby they haue made thee glad. Kings daughters were among thy honourable women’)

cf. the dialogue of Solomon and Marcolf: ‘The king Salomon discended from hys hors and began to loke into the oven. Marcolphus laye all crokyd, hys vysage from hymwardes, had put downe hys breche into hys hammes that he myght se hys arshole and alle hys othre fowle gere. As the kyng Salomon, that seyng, demawnded what laye there, Marcolph answeryd: I am here. Salomon: Wherefore lyest thou thus? Marcolf: For ye have commaunded me that ye shulde no more se me betwyxt myn yes. Now and ye woll not se me betwyxt myn yes, ye may se me betwene my buttockys in the myddes of myn arsehole.’

Gorleston Psalter, England 14th century (British Library, Additional 49622, fol. 61r)

voracious monkey puts a fish in the ass…
book of hours (‘The Maastricht Hours’), Liège 14th century.
British Library, Stowe 17, fol. 83v

voracious monkey puts a fish in the ass…

book of hours (‘The Maastricht Hours’), Liège 14th century.

British Library, Stowe 17, fol. 83v

fistula in ano 
John Arderne, Liber Medicinarum, England 15th century.
British Library, Sloane 56, fol. 44r

fistula in ano 

John Arderne, Liber Medicinarum, England 15th century.

British Library, Sloane 56, fol. 44r

Nativity
Martianus Capella, De Nuptiis Philologiae et Mercurii, Normandy 12th century. 
Alençon, Bibliothèque municipale, ms. 635, fol. 103v

Nativity

Martianus Capella, De Nuptiis Philologiae et Mercurii, Normandy 12th century. 

Alençon, Bibliothèque municipale, ms. 635, fol. 103v

[Deus in adiutorium] meum intende
book of hours, Flanders 1382-1394.
Bodleian, MS. Lat. liturg. f. 3, fol. 70r

[Deus in adiutorium] meum intende

book of hours, Flanders 1382-1394.

Bodleian, MS. Lat. liturg. f. 3, fol. 70r

on both sides
Robert de Boron, L’Estoire de Merlin, Northern France ca. 1280-1290.
Paris, BNF, Fr. 95, fol. 190v

on both sides

Robert de Boron, L’Estoire de Merlin, Northern France ca. 1280-1290.

Paris, BNF, Fr. 95, fol. 190v

homage
Psalter, England 13th century.
Bodleian, MS. Douce 6, fol. 24v

homage

Psalter, England 13th century.

Bodleian, MS. Douce 6, fol. 24v