The Brief: Memes featuring medieval style paintings have been popping up on Reddit.
Many of these memes, which are known as Medieval Memes, are being proliferated by Reddit user ascending_pepe on the Dank Memes subreddit. The paintings provide a versatile format for object labeling memes and other photoshop modifications. Most of the images come from The Crusader Bible also known as the Morgan Picture Bible or the Maciejowski Bible from the 1240’s France. It’s is full of illustrations from the Old Testament, set in thirteenth-century France. Many of these illustrations are gruesome and absurd, making them particularly comical when transformed into a meme format.
This is one popular variation of Medieval memes, which use imagery and/or concepts from The Middle Ages. Another similar meme format is Crusades memes.
Unfortunately for those looking for a “meme Rennaissance,” it seems that we are, in fact, in the dark ages with these medieval memes…