Thursday, January 21, 2016

Martyrdom The Coloring Book

This is great. Wish I'd thought of it!

by Hallie Fryd, illustrated by Julia Gfrörer

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

The Myth of Persecution (book)

For future reference

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Reblogging-The 10 most disturbing inhumane painful torture devices of the middle ages Ouch

Sunday, April 29, 2012

Peter of Verona

Today's Saint is Peter of Verona (1206 – April 6, 1252), I just read about Peter this morning, first on wikipedia then on other websites. When I saw his picture on wikipedia I thought to myself; "wait..what's that on his head?"

Google image search proved too good to be true..I realised I couldn't possibly make this image more grotesque or funny than the paintings that already exist of him. Briefly; Peter joined the Order of the Friars Preachers (Dominicans) and was considered a threat by Cathars who disapproved of his teaching; mainly that the Cathars were doing it wrong. So they hired an assassin to get rid of him.

This from Wikipedia: "According to legend, Carino struck Peter's head with an axe( although many paintings show a large knife)..... Peter rose to his knees, and recited the first article of the Symbol of the Apostles (the Apostle's Creed). Offering his blood as a sacrifice to God, he dipped his fingers in it and wrote on the ground: "Credo in Unum Deum". The blow that killed him cut off the top of his head, but the testimony given at the inquest into his death confirms that he began reciting the Creed when he was attacked."

Check out LOLSAints, a blog after my own heart to see more. More info on the various depictions of Peter here.

I don't know what the ''Shh'' gesture is for..maybe he's trying to indicate he's got a splitting headache?

I had to include this great photo, too good not to share

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Friday, April 16, 2010

The Daughter of Judah

A bit of a departure from the norm here. This was done as a contribution to the excellent Book of Genocide blog: wherein artists interpret and illustrate allocated passages from the Bible.

I got this, from the lamentaitons of Jeremiah;

The LORD hath trodden under foot all my mighty men in the midst of me: he hath called an assembly against me to crush my young men: the LORD hath trodden the virgin, the daughter of Judah, as in a winepress.

I did a little research on Jeremiah and on the various interpretations of this passage.

Jeremiah is usually depicted as an old bearded man , hunched in a dungeon with a haunted, worried expression and this is what I had in mind when initially started sketching.

Then I read a little more

A few interpretations suggest the 'virgin daughter of Judah' is a either a city or the Jewish people- there is also an interesting story of Judah mistakenly having sex* and bearing twins with his daughter in law- whose bloodline eventually spawned a certain Jesus of Nazareth


*well she was dressed as a harlot at the time, she was punished by burning, he got off scot free.

Anyway, here is the "daughter" being crushed as in a wine press by the lord