Shining a Light on Darkness: A broadsheet marking 100 years after the Reformation

Keywords: Martin Luther, Reformation, Lucas Cranach the Younger The 1617 broadsheet entitled Martinus Lutherus ss. theologiæ … antitypus orthodoxae religionis … marked the centenary of Martin Luther’s publication of his ninety-five theses. The broadsheet is divided into two contrasting frames. Luther has brought people to the direct radiating light of Christ on the left, while… Continue reading Shining a Light on Darkness: A broadsheet marking 100 years after the Reformation

The Canine Motif in the Anti-Clerical Fables of Reynard the Fox

Keywords: Anti-clericalism, Reformation, Reynard the Fox, Fable, Monks. Medieval bestiaries and fables used animals as metaphors for the human condition. They were used to both mirror and to criticise society. Anti-clerical fables include the medieval folk characters Reynard the Fox (Reinecke Fuchs), and his companions Isengrim (or Ysengrin) the wolf. The medieval French fables were… Continue reading The Canine Motif in the Anti-Clerical Fables of Reynard the Fox