— Medieval Manuscripts (@BLMedieval) April 17, 2015
A mystery it is, hmm.
Just how an image of what looks exactly like Jedi Master Yoda managed to appear in a 14th century manuscript is puzzling the world today, following the release of the new book Medieval Monsters.
Dr. Damien Kempf, one of the book’s authors, discovered the drawing over a year ago. He describes the Yoda lookalike as “having a scholarly attitude like Master Yoda.”
The drawing first appeared in the “Smithfield Decretals,” a French document from around 1300. According to a British Library curator, the illustration is supposed to be of Samson.
But that’s not the only famous sci-fi character who makes a distinct appearance in medieval manuscripts. Check out the monster on the top left of the image below. Recognize him?
— Damien Kempf (@DamienKempf) April 14, 2015
That’s a dead-ringer for Star Trek‘s Quark, or at least for some other Ferengi.
Who knows what other characters will pop up in Medieval Monsters?
— ✍ Bibliophilia (@Libroantiguo) April 18, 2015
Unbelievable. They just found this image of Yoda in a book from 1300…