8 medieval musicians causing animals to have terrible days

Why? Just – why?

Who knew that music-making in the olden days involved so much animal cruelty?

Who’s a good boy then? she said. Eat this special treat! she said.

Dog harp - from Große Heidelberger Liederhandschrift (c.1300)

When will I learn?

Große Heidelberger Liederhandschrift (c.1300)


So you’re saying you have NO IDEA where my eggs have gone?

Egg trumpet from Apocalipse do Lorvão, O Quarto Anjo Toca a sua Trombeta (1189)

OK. Right.

Apocalipse do Lorvão, O Quarto Anjo Toca a sua Trombeta (1189)


Help.

Dogpipes from Große Heidelberger Liederhandschrift (c.1300)

Me.

Große Heidelberger Liederhandschrift (c.1300)


The RSPCA won’t be invented for another 500 years?

Dogpipes 1 from Codex Manesse Heinrich von Meißen (Frauenlob) (1305-1340)

Seriously?

Codex Manesse Heinrich von Meißen (Frauenlob) (1305-1340)


How did we get here?

Fish apocalypse from Apocalypsis S. Johannis cum glossis et Vita (c. 1420-30)

Did you do that trumpet thing again? We talked about this.

Apocalypsis S. Johannis cum glossis et Vita (c. 1420-30)


I’m not saying I’m not grateful for the gig.

Donkeypipes from a fresco in the Katharinenkirche, Brandenburg an der Havel (15th century)

I’m just questioning whether this is the best use of my skillset.

Fresco in the Katharinenkirche, Brandenburg an der Havel (15th century)


What are you DOING? Do you know who we ARE?

Swanchair from Echecs amoureux (c.1496-98)

Don’t you know I can break a man’s ARM?

Echecs amoureux (c.1496-98)


Ugh! How dare you presume to kiss me, you rank, smelly… hey.

Peacock assault from 11th-century manuscript

HEY. What are you doing with that sword?

11th-century manuscript. Images via


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