Ger 312 Violence

Please take note: This collection of web links with illustrations was assembled as a resource for the academic study of violence in the Middle Ages.  To study violence critically, to examine its causes, effects, and consequences, however, is the first crucial step forward in limiting, if not eliminating it altogether.  For a critical examination of violence and what to do about it, see the comments by Ortega y Gassett and Hannah Arendt.  I also recommend the essays published by David McReynolds and James W. Prescott

Battle Scene (stained glass window)   

Massacre of Christian Prisoners during a Crusade

Captures and Sieges

Naval Battles   Battles of  the Hundred Year’s War Further Battles

Two Knights fighting


Violent scenes in the Manessische Liederhandschrift:

tournament (no. 8), war (no. 9), two knights (no. 13), brutality of war (no. 18), murder (no. 61), siege (no. 73 75), hunt (no. 105)

Executions  Executions II  Saints    Martyrdom

The Passion of Christ

Slaughtering the Innocent

Medieval Torture Instruments (careful, a lot of myths connected with this)

Torture Scenes

Wife beating husband    Husband beating wife  Love and Violence

Lancelot Braves Terror of Monastery Pierpont Morgan Lib., FR805, fol. 135r

King Marc stabs Tristan with poisoned lance, Vienna, Codex 2537, fol. 474

Misericords, Exeter Cathedral

Violence in Hell    Warning of Hell    Scenes of Hell    Scenes of Hell II

Saint Sebastian

Hieronymous Bosch

Bibliography on “Rechtsgeschichte” (mostly German titles on crime and justice in the late Middle Ages)

Medical Explanation of Pain