Monday, July 28, 2008

Medieval Mantis

Here's Judith G. Klausner's amazing mantis art, this time portraying the story of Judith, who chops off the head of the evil leader Holofernes. In the Old English poem, this woman of elfin beauty figures out that this is the best way to rally her people to defend themselves against invaders (whose description in the poem sounds a lot like the roughly contemporary Danish invaders [yeah, that means Vikings]). Judith took the vorpal sword in hand:

...sloh ða eornoste
ides ellenrof
oðre siðe
þone hæðenan hund,
þæt him þæt heafod wand
forð on ða flore...

Tip o' the wimple to Gene on this one (via Boing Boing)

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