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Weird Medieval Guys

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

«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)'
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Detaljer

Forlag
Square Peg
Innbinding
Innbundet
Språk
Engelsk
Sider
208
ISBN
9781529908305
Utgivelsesår
2023
Format
20 x 15 cm

Om forfatteren

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.

Anmeldelser

«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

«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*

«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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