Bibliothèque nationale de France, Français 403, detail of f. 40r. Apocalypse glosée. Illuminator: Master of Sarum. Salisbury, c. 1240-1250.
Of course, there is still some ambiguity as to the purpose these puns served in relation to the text. Michael Camille seemed to favour a rather antagonistic interpretation, suggesting that the crudeness and irreverence of these illustrations were the artist’s way of hitting back at the scribe and even at the scripture itself and undermining … Read more