Comic books are positively medieval

Here in the United States of America, we like to think of the comic book as sorta our thing.

I hate to burst our bubble, but a story that unfolds in layers of illustration is positively medieval. Take a look at this page from an early 12th century manuscript, the Bible of Stephen Harding . . .

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{12th century Bible of Stephen Harding; Bibliothèque municipale MS 14}

In case you’re wondering, this particular page tells the tale of King David.

Thanks to Manuscrits de Cîteaux, you can peruse the whole manuscript, here.

Sure, illustration does not make up the whole of the manuscript, but it’s still amazing. Words and images aside, just imagine the stories this book might tell . . .

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