Why So Many Medieval Manuscripts Depict Violent Bunnies?

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Medieval art sure is weird. We’ve already featured People Happily Dying and Cats Licking Their Butts galleries. For some strange reason medieval artists also loved painting violent bunnies on a murderous rampage. If you have any idea why, please leave a comment below.

Bunnies were very violent in medieval art.

Bunnies were very violent in medieval art.

Bunnies were very violent in medieval art.

Bunnies were very violent in medieval art.

Bunnies were very violent in medieval art.

Bunnies were very violent in medieval art.

Bunnies were very violent in medieval art.

Bunnies were very violent in medieval art.

Bunnies were very violent in medieval art.

Bunnies were very violent in medieval art.

Bunnies were very violent in medieval art.

Bunnies were very violent in medieval art.

Bunnies were very violent in medieval art.

Bunnies were very violent in medieval art.

Bunnies were very violent in medieval art.

Bunnies were very violent in medieval art.

Bunnies were very violent in medieval art.

Bunnies were very violent in medieval art.

Bunnies were very violent in medieval art.

Bunnies were very violent in medieval art.

Bunnies were very violent in medieval art.

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  1. Look, that rabbit’s got a vicious streak a mile wide! It’s a killer!

  2. I think these are hares, which I think are connected with paganism – but that’s all I know and can’t be arsed googling it to find out more.

  3. Brother Maynard December 4, 2019

    The Killer Rabbit of Caerbannog.

    Swords are useless against that beast. Bring out the Holy Hand Grenade of Antioch.

    • “First shalt thou take out the Holy Pin. Then, shalt thou count to three. No more. No less. Three shalt be the number thou shalt count, and the number of the counting shall be three. Four shalt thou not count, nor either count thou two, excepting that thou then proceed to three. Five is right out. Once the number three, being the third number, be reached, then, lobbest thou thy Holy Hand Grenade of Antioch towards thy foe, who, being naughty in My sight, shall snuff it.”

    • King Arthur December 4, 2019

      Right. One…. Two….. Five.

    • Bum Bum the Clown December 5, 2019

      It’s just a wee Bunny

  4. Hoops McCann December 4, 2019

    Beware the fuzzy bunnies

  5. These were meant as grotesque caricatures. The world upside down. Cute, shy rabbits and hares that usualy would run away in the face of danger as top predator. The real hunters dogs and humans as prey. Medieval fun pages.

  6. Silly rabbits.

  7. The Oracle of Hinsdale December 5, 2019

    It may have come from a sense of empathy with rabbits, which are perhaps the most defenseless of prey, unable to inflict much, if any, damage on hunters or their dogs. Making them violent killers, if only in the imagination, may have taken away some of the guilt a few might have felt in hunting them.

  8. Basically all Medieval Artists were off their Tits on Absinth. Bloody Drugged out Alcoholics the lot of them.

  9. It’s got big teeth, it will bite you.

  10. It may hop at you at any moment, and so we must deal with it….

  11. pig bunny bob December 5, 2019

    I’m reminded of Francis Scott Card’s books 2 and 3 of “that” trilogy.

  12. Samara the TV girl December 5, 2019

    It’s Hue Hefners bunny’s revenging themselves against customers at a bunny convention.

  13. Jeanne Desposito December 6, 2019

    That rabbit’s dynamite.

    Would it help confuse it if we run away more?

    I’ve soiled me armor.

  14. Doctor Broncco December 6, 2019

    Bugs Bunny comes from a long time ago.

  15. Bugs Bunny would be a horror cartoon for them

  16. The Lone Wonderer December 12, 2019

    Personally I find the snails more unnerving..

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