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Mar 4, 2013

Medieval Mondays: A Medieval Snowball Fight!

I love it when medieval art humanizes the distant past. This is a fresco on a wall in Buonconsiglio castle, Trento, Italy. It dates to about the year 1400. It's part of a series of paintings done by a Bohemian master called the "Cycle of the Months" showing the activities for each month.

As you can see, this is quite clearly a snowball fight! I wonder when the first snowball fight was? Did the Neanderthals chuck snowballs at each other?

Photo courtesy Terra Italia.


  1. Probably as long as there has been snow and kids, there have been snowball fights.

  2. There were snowball fights going on everywhere when I visited Estonia last month. Maybe the Estonians invented them! :-)