Battle Monks

DSCF1618The I.33 manual is a pretty cool look in to history.  A medieval document seemingly written by monks and for monks that totally shatters any idea of these folk were as gentle as we might now like to think.  The modern view of medieval monks is that of a life of quiet contemplation, scholarly works and prayer.  And yet we have I.33, which shows images of these same monks fighting with sword and buckler.  So is I.33 an aberration, or does it show us a side of monk life that we wouldn’t otherwise see? Continue reading