1. De la taille des étrons dans les rues de Fontainebleau au XVIIe siècle selon la princesse Palatine

    (Source: books.google.fr)

     

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  3. De Rossini, qui renonça à l’opéra pour vendre du poisson.

     
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    The Codex Gigas was once considered the eighth wonder of the world; the book is three feet long and weighs a hundred and sixty-five pounds. It has 600 pages which, contrary to legend, are made from calf skins, not donkey skins.

    The Codex Gigas includes a combination of texts found nowhere else. In addition to the full text of the Latin bible, the book contains herbals, history books, cures for dangerous illnesses, texts caring for the soul, medical formulas for treating illnesses and diseases, conjurations, and even solutions to problems such as finding a thief.

    The book got the nickname of The Devil’s Bible because it is the only bible to include such a large portrait of the devil. Half-clothed in royal ermine; half man, half beast; with claws, cloven hooves, and a huge serpentine red tongue, the drawing shows Satan walled up in a cell alone rather than loosed in Hell. Immediately across from the devil is a portrait of the Kingdom of Heaven, creating an interesting contrast [see here].

    According to the Kungl Biblioteket, legend had it that the book was written by a monk condemned to be walled up alive. To spare his life, he promised his bishop that he would create the most wonderful book the world had ever seen, including the text of the Bible and the sum of all human knowledge up to that point in time – and he would do it in one night.

    In order to accomplish this impossible task, he sold his soul to the devil. The legend is actually based on a misinterpretation of the word “inclusus” as the punishment of being walled up alive, but which actually refers to a monk choosing to live in a solitary cell away from the others.

    Despite the legend involving the devil, in the time of the inquisition, this codex was kept by the monastery and studied by many scholars to this day.

    (via structuredenoir)

     
  7. De l’incipit des Confessions de Jean-Jacques Rousseau

     
  8. De l’odeur de banane et de son origine.

    (Source: forums.futura-sciences.com)

     
  9. Du cul et de la mort au Moyen-âge.

    (Source: persee.fr)

     
  10. Du cul au Moyen-âge.

    (Source: imagesdemarc.net)

     
  11. De Lisbonne en 1600

    (Source: gallica.bnf.fr)

     
  12. Des références photographiques de Tintin au Congo trouvées dans un livre belge de 1928

     
  13. Du tronc de François Ravaillac, écartelé en Place de Grève le 27 mai 1610.

    (Source: gallica.bnf.fr)

     
  14. De la jambe gauche de François Ravaillac, écartelé en Place de Grève le 27 mai 1610.

    (Source: gallica.bnf.fr)

     
  15. Du style, en l’occurrence celui de Victor Hugo qui décrit une fête du Moyen-âge.

    (Source: fr.wikisource.org)