Medieval monks copying manuscripts by hand entertained themselves by doodling in the margins, giving us a glimpse of their sense of humor. All kinds of subjects are contained therein, but killer bunnies are everywhere. The incongruity of such a harmless animal creating violence is still with us, from Monty Python and the Holy Grail to Bunnicula to Night of the Lepus.
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Jon Kaneko-James explains further: “The usual imagery of the rabbit in Medieval art is that of purity and helplessness – that’s why some Medieval portrayals of Christ have marginal art portraying a veritable petting zoo of innocent, nonviolent, little white and brown bunnies going about their business in a field.” But the creators of this particular type of humorous marginalia, known as drollery, saw things differently.