From illuminated manuscripts to tapestries, mosaics and stained glass, the medieval period is known for its many art forms and its miscellaneous executions. But what has been capturing the imagination of the generations that followed was the bizarre, mysterious and grotesque drawings and doodles found in the margins of medieval books.

The Twitter page “Weird Medieval Guys” offers a rare glimpse into the medieval fantasy by collecting and posting, you guessed it, weird medieval guys. Think of doodles of a tiny frog playing the piano, a frail skeleton drinking wine, or a monk and his cat reading together. No wonder the wondrous page created back in 2019 has already amassed 98.3K followers.

We reached out to the author of this miscellaneous page who wished to stay unnamed to find out more about the project, so scroll down for the interview below!

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MagicalUnicorn
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1 month ago

pretty close :)

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“I do a bit of graphic design for a magazine at the university where I study, and last year I ended up using a lot of medieval imagery in one of our issues,” the creator of “Weird Medieval Guys” told Bored Panda in a written interview.

“I spent a lot of time online looking for images from medieval manuscripts to incorporate into the project, and I was amazed at the works that I found. Not just the art itself, but also the extent to which these priceless, one-of-a-kind manuscripts and documents have been digitized and catalogued online for anyone across the world to browse.”

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Marika
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1 month ago

I also believed this as a child and was a bit disappointed when I learned that it was just a myth.

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Party Poison
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1 month ago

Ah, yes. One of the twelve singing rabbits, solving crime while sailing across the sky in a flying longship owned by a Norseman who is the son of Odin, a wild mare and three forest gnomes. May the shining tentacle preserve us all.

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According to the author, “until this millennium, accessing and sharing these kinds of works would have been practically impossible on such a wide scale.” So they really wanted to create a way for people to enjoy them. “Because I found so many pieces that I thought were extremely funny and endearing and could only send so many of them to my friends before they got sick of me, I also liked the idea that I could connect with other people online about how cool the art is,” the creator explained.

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Sue Lynn Chan
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1 month ago

All of it in my period today.

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troufaki13
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1 month ago

"Brozer Franz, ze bat has arms??" "Nein!"

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Having said that, the creator of “Weird Medieval Guys” said that they are not the first person to acknowledge how funny medieval artwork can be, nor are they the first person to create a social media account based on it: “there are a huge number of pages on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, and other sites dedicated to sharing medieval humor. So knowing that this was something people would probably enjoy seeing certainly influenced my decision to start the account.”

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Sue Hazlewood
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1 month ago

Nora, the piano playing cat. (YT)

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Scout Finch
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1 month ago

Dog Commandment Number Three..Thou shalt always beg for food.

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“Most of what I post is from the eras that are referred to as the High Middle Ages and Late Middle Ages, which encompass approximately the 11th to the 16th century,” they said. The author explained: “I do think that this period of time is very unique from a western art historical standpoint - because the printing press had not yet been invented, all books were written out by hand and often included notes and doodles that were added in spontaneously by scribes who never thought these additions would be seen by the general public.”

“Therefore, we have a huge amount of content from this era that reflects the humor and thoughts of (somewhat) average people. And when we look at what they created, we actually find that a lot of it contradicts how we view the 'Dark' Ages,” the creator explained.

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Robert T
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1 month ago

Handy.

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Jayne Kyra
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1 month ago

Hey! My eyes are up here!

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Scout Finch
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1 month ago

Jazz feet!

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According to the person behind the “Weird Medieval Guys” page, “there’s a perception that the Middle Ages was a very solemn, bleak era for humanity, and nowadays we perceive medieval culture as extremely religious, superstitious, backwards, and repressive.” They added that “Much of the art that was created in that period has a reputation for being strange and ugly. So, we don’t expect to see ourselves in it, not in the same way that we can relate very emotionally to more conventionally beautiful art.”

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Jonny Man
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1 month ago

The skull bone's connected to the... crotch bone XD

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troufaki13
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1 month ago

Ιs it really a cat though?

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Iván Galarraga
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1 month ago

Nah, just a cat sharpening its nails, or pole dancing, what do I know...

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And yet, so much of the art has retained its original humor and appeal over time, the author argues. “When we look at, say, a drawing of a cat playing an organ, it’s easy to imagine it being endearing to its creator 600 years ago in the same way it is today, that it brought people the same kind of joy then as it does now. And I think we as humans enjoy how art and humor bridge that gap.”

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Sue Lynn Chan
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1 month ago (edited)

He’s smiling cause he’s already dead inside and out

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Scout Finch
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1 month ago

Trust me. Take this and you'll be fine.

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Kathryn Baylis
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1 month ago

I’ve dated guys who looked alright, but were actually this guy under the skin.

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When asked about the most memorable post on “Weird Medieval Guys,” the author said that the one that has had the biggest impact is the picture of a cat churning butter. “It was shared by Twitter user @DrewciferScott who rhymed the caption with the opening of the Meredith Brooks song 'Bitch', and his version became much more popular than the original, which was well-deserved because it was hilarious,” the author recounted.

“But after that, I started seeing people who had changed their profile pictures to the cat and then screenshots of it started popping up on Facebook and Instagram. It was definitely surreal to see something I had made be shared by thousands of people on different websites and gain traction independently of my Twitter account, but I was glad that so many people liked it!”

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Sue Lynn Chan
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1 month ago (edited)

So that’s what the neighbors cats during every 3AM night

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Jonny Man
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1 month ago

Nice drawings, but it's just a hyper masculine Flower Gnome and a highly-cultured European Spine Pig, I see those all the time. Those other illustrations better be something amazing!

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“One of my personal guiding principles of internet use is that often you get back out what you put in,” the author said and added, “so I think by trying to keep the account pretty lighthearted and wholesome I’ve attracted very kind-hearted feedback.”

The response so far has really been nothing but positive, the author of “Weird Medieval Guys” told us, “which I appreciate so much.” “People seem very ready to identify with the animals and monsters I post, and I love scrolling through everyone’s comments about who a creature is or what they’re doing. Even though I’m just a third party facilitating interaction with other people’s art, a lot of followers have left extremely sweet messages saying that my account brightens their day and that they look forward to my posts.”

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Lauren Ward
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1 month ago

I don't think they're hugging. The bear is bleeding and the dagger looks like it has blood on it

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Lauren Ward
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1 month ago

He's just trying to get his pants back

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Moreover, the person behind the page said that they have a bunch of crude and gross medieval art saved from before the account got so big that they were planning to post. “But I can’t really bring myself to put unpleasant stuff out there right now,” they added. “So much of art and culture feels like it’s in this shift towards really dark and edgy tones, so I see a little bit of value in trying to push back against that, even if my account is fairly insignificant in the grand scheme of things.”

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BAWK BAWK BAKAW
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1 month ago

smooch

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The creator said that they have noticed a really wide range of different people following the account. And it shouldn’t come as a surprise. The page seems to tick all the boxes for engaging content by offering a much-needed dose of weird entertainment combined with a professional selection of historical works.

“Some people are actual scholars and researchers of medieval art and history, which flatters and intimidates me because I’m actually not a medievalist by profession. There are people of all ages and from around the world whose comments I luckily get to read and understand due to the magic of internet translation,” the author told Bored Panda.

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Aran Lindvail
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1 month ago

That goose knows something is up.

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Jonny Man
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1 month ago

Early face-swap technology. Somewhere there is an late Medieval/early Renaissance painting of a man with a cat's face.

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What’s particularly interesting is that only two people in the author’s real life know that they run this account. “I’ve noticed a bunch of my friends from high school and university following it too, which absolutely cracks me up,” they said and added: “But I’m so glad that even though what I post is pretty silly, and I’m not an authority on medieval art whatsoever, so many different people are able to come together over my account! I’m really thankful for everyone who’s supported me and I have so many more weird medieval guys that I can’t wait to share.”

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Sue Lynn Chan
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1 month ago (edited)

And this is why you need to cover your foot

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Hawkmoon
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1 month ago

- He's not really drawing us like one of his french girls, is he? - No, not really.

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Sue Lynn Chan
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1 month ago

Is that another Disney Princess?

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BAWK BAWK BAKAW
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1 month ago

makes me wonder what really went down in the mideval days

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Lauren Ward
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1 month ago

Turns the page: Fox with feathers in mouth

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Scout Finch
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1 month ago

Don't tell me we are singing Who Let The Dogs Out again...

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Sue Lynn Chan
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1 month ago

I’ll join for quest

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