The other thing those wily Mediaevalists did,
was to dress their chosen religious heroes
in contemporary garb!
This can cause quite a stir in the modern mind.
We move from the shock of incredulity,
to amusement at their naivety, and finally,
on to tantalising possibilities of wonder…
For by indulging this apparent whimsy,
they can only subscribe to a wholly different
notion of historicity from our own.
Yet, did they not know, as we now do,
that these events could not have taken place
in the Mediaeval Courts of Europe?
Well, of course they did!
They were simply recognising
a spirit of the age which stretched
over and above, that is, beyond their own.
In so doing they have left us a key
to our current psychology of fear…
The killing joke!
Or as a contemporary sage once put it,
‘Laughing on the way to your demise is not
generally understood by lesser mortals.’