Welcome to our nook of Medieval Marginalia. Most of us think of the medieval world being a dour and austere place dominated by a repressive church and conservative ideas. Perhaps not so! Many illuminated manuscripts from the medieval period are filled with silly drawings. These images range from quite inventive to prurient. They speak to a people and time with a sense of humor. Sadly, as modern readers we are left out of the loop. The meaning of their symbols, pop-culture references, political commentary, and inside jokes have all been lost to time.