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Weird Medieval Guys : How to Live, Laugh, Love (and Die) in Dark Times - Olivia Swarthout

Weird Medieval Guys

How to Live, Laugh, Love (and Die) in Dark Times

By: Olivia Swarthout

Hardcover | 27 February 2024

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Explore the medieval world through its art with this hilarious guide to the medieval world that will have you laughing out loud.

Live, laugh love and die in the Middle Ages with Weird Medieval Guys!

Explore what your medieval life would have been through a choose-your-own-adventure full of quizzes, how-to guides, diagrams and flow charts that takes you from your birth to your gruesome end, revealing your patron saint, the fate of your love life and the trials and tribulations you faced along the way.

Then, discover everything you need to know to survive the natural world, from stripping naked to survive a wolf attack, decoding the signficance of birds visiting your sickbed and brewing love potions all while learning about the magical gemstones found in the heads of toads, horrifying basilisks and saintly hounds - all illustrated with the very best ancient drawings of beasts, birds, fishes and serpents from all four corners of God's creation, drawn by people who definitely saw these creatures with their very own eyes and lived to tell the tale.

Chock full of hilarious, mad and bad advice for surviving and thriving on the mortal plane, this complete guide to life in the dark ages is guaranteed to make you laugh.

About the Author

One of the internet's foremost culture vultures, Olivia Swarthout prowls the web for little-seen snippets of medieval art and life to share with the world via the Weird Medieval Guys Twitter and instagram accounts. Described by her mother as having 'a knack for curation' uses her platform to shine a light on the so-called 'Dark Ages' and bring people closer to the distant past. Born in the Rocky Mountains of Montana, USA, Olivia's enduring love of cowboy boots and the great outdoors has survived many years of living in Berlin, Glasgow, and London, where she currently resides and works.
Industry Reviews
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* *

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* *

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