This is the first comic I don’t have a medieval moment for. Since I have 92 of these comics written, I wasn’t entirely convinced that I would always have a tidbit to share. Just know that when something about the comic benefits from a little bit of historical knowledge, I’ll be there to help you out. Otherwise, enjoy Chauntilak’s delightful earnestness.
Can’t we just all be non-predatory friends???
Medieval Moment: Bathing was not all that uncommon, and washing in particular was especially common. While it wasn’t very often than anyone could afford to spend the time and effort on filling a whole bath, in the summer people would make use of the rivers for cleaning up. Regardless, washing ones face, hands, and privates every day was expected. You can imagine how people would react today if you walked into a museum or even a mall with dirty hands and a dirty face, and the same was true of the Middle Ages. If you had a status to uphold, you washed up.
Now that you know all of this, you too can be annoyed by Medieval movies and tv shows where everyone’s face is covered in mud.
A chickadee! A finch! A pigeon! A Blue Jay! A sparrow hawk! A falcon! A yellow-bellied warbler! A parrot! A woodpecker!
It’s very much on like Donkey Kong. Wait, what’s the closest thing to Donkey Kong in the Middle Ages? A donkey kicking barrels down a tower staircase, probably.
Good luck dodging those.
Medieval Moment: This seems like as good a time as any to discuss magical rings. Magic rings were common in Medieval Romances and gave their bearers a variety of benefits, from invisibility in Yvain to near-invincibility in Sir Eglamour of Artois to a more mundane show of love in other Romances. Usually the ring functions as a sign of a woman’s affection that usually gets the knight out of a tricky situation.
As for our poor little Chauntilak here, I can’t say he’s got a lot of room on those wings for a ring.
Medieval Moment: In Arthurian tales, Arthur’s sword Excalibur (I’m sure you’ve heard of it) often has the words “Take me up” and “Cast me away” inscribed on it. The “cast me away” inscription is a nice bit of foreshadowing to Arthur’s eventual death and Bedivere returning the sword to the lake.
Disposable cutlery probably ends up in lakes a lot, so I feel like the Lady of the Lake was probably just doing her part to save the planet by recycling. If anything, she’s just a talented reseller.
Chautilak is very very careful about where he allows sharp objects.
I apologize for the violence, but it’s all in good fun. This comic is specifically referencing a scene in Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, in which Gawain chops off the head of the green knight only to reveal that [REDACTED].
Phew, that was a lot of spoilers. Keep reading to find out what happens to our favourite rooster, Chauntilak!
Tonk. Ow. Tonk. Ow. Tonk. Ow.
Medieval Moment: If you were a king in the Middle Ages, there was at least some expectation that the knights serving under you would perform duties as part of their tenure for the land they occupied. This could range from fighting in tournaments, going to war, providing defence, or training on foreign military campaigns. In some cases you might even be expected to pay a scutage in lieu of service.