I think many people have heard of the weird caveats in medieval manuscripts.I always like them very much. They are not necessarily scientific illustrations, but illustrations have been studied by science.
(All illustrations come from a blog specifically about this, I can advise anyone to browse through it) [3
If a false prophet was speaking, the monk let that know:
They were also fascinated by rabbits, somewhat larger than lifelike.
The rabbits were a symbol of sin in the Middle Ages.
And also apparently there were terrifying large snails around, where one had to fight against:
Seriously, the snails and rabbits…
It was really a trend among the clerks.
The latter is also from the 17th century, not the Middle Ages, but still.
Why those snails, that really knows no one.There are theories; Thus, the one historian says that it is a symbol of the inevitable death, another says that it is a reference to the Lombards (these were known for their cowardice and would thus be depicted as snails… Also in texts that were totally out of it). Again others think it was a joke from the monks among themselves: look these people are afraid of a snail! [4
These observations of history can tell us a lot about the culture of the time, so they are really scientifically studied.Also, the early examples of ‘memes. ‘ Just as we find the drawings of monks but vague, future generations will shake their heads at Nyancat, Doge or Rickroll.
Is not very different from this:
Cool huh, how people and their shared humour actually stay the same throughout the ages.