Weird Medieval Guys: How to Live, Laugh, Love (and Die) in Dark Times (Hardback)Olivia Swarthout (author)
The hilarious and indispensable guide to solving life's problems the Middle Ages way, Weird Medieval Guys covers everything from choosing appropriate dog names to covering up jousting inexperience.
'FASCINATING' Guardian | 'WE LOVE THIS BOOK' Blackwells | 'THE BEST GIFT BOOK THERE IS' Independent
A GUIDE TO LIVING IN DARK TIMES, FROM PEOPLE WHO REALLY DID
Bursting with wisdom and artwork from the Middle Ages, this handy guide will give you time-tested solutions for all of life's biggest problems. Whether it's choosing an appropriate dog name like Garlik or Filthe, becoming an irresistible suitor even though you can't joust, surviving encounters with rabbits and dragons, or coming to terms with your inevitable demise, this book is full of illuminating advice that is sure to brighten up the darkest of times.
Full of quizzes, how-to-guides, diagrams, and flow charts that take you from birth to your gruesome death, this is the ultimate laugh-out-loud read for history buffs.
Publisher: Vintage Publishing
Number of pages: 208
Weight: 506 g
Dimensions: 197 x 146 x 24 mm
A gently fascinating insight into the marginalia of a lost era. - Phil Harrison, The Guardian
Olivia Swarthout prowls the web for little-seen snippets of medieval art and life to share with the world. We love this book that is a result of her work - full of illuminating advice that is sure to brighten up the darkest of times. - Blackwells
[An] account of the most bizarre illustrations from the Middle Ages - The Art Newspaper
Brilliantly funny… Olivia celebrates the wonderful weirdness of the past… [in this] gleeful book - Simple Things, Christmas Gift Guide 2023*
I have pondered meaningful poetry, those that challenge and change our view of the world. I have considered great design and art books, which offer a view of a better world. History that shows how this world came to be or fiction that conjures new ones. But I have settled on the best gift book there is: a collection of curious, stupid and perplexing little drawings from medieval manuscripts, accurately and straightforwardly titled Weird Medieval Guys. This is the rare book you can judge from its cover, and it’s exactly what it suggests. I genuinely struggle to think of a person who might not love it ... If they enjoy one picture of an army of knights attacking a giant snail then they’ll enjoy the rest of the book; if they don’t, then you should stop being their friend and you’ve solved the problem of buying them a gift either way. - Andrew Griffin, The Independent 'Best Books to Gift (and gift again)'
The best gift book there is: a collection of curious, stupid and perplexing little drawings from medieval manuscripts… I genuinely struggle to think of a person who might not love it - Independent, Christmas Gift Guide 2023*
Richly illustrated and lightly written… Weird Medieval Guys follows the tradition established by medieval preachers and artists themselves: laughter, wonder and a little shock now and then [that] can spark fascination - Apollo
Weird Medieval Guys is a riot ... It’s bright and colourful and would make a perfect gift for anyone with an interest in history. Full of stunning imagery, interactive maps and quizzes, and brilliant medieval facts, it is enticingly re-readable and will remain a favourite for the non-expert, while also being enjoyable to the specialist. - Madeleine S. Killacky , PhD Candidate in Medieval Literature at Bangor University, Morning Star
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