(CNN)Rabbits: cute, fluffy creatures; big ears, big teeth. Harmless? Wrong.
In the medieval period they were fierce, sword-wielding Leporids, happy to take on the rest of the animal kingdom — including humans.
Rabbits riding lions, rabbits riding humans, rabbits mutilating poor hapless knights in shining armor. Who knew “Monty Python and the Holy Grail” could be so prescient?
These relatives of the Killer Rabbit of Caerbannog dwell not in caves but in the “bas-de-page” below the text of 14th century manuscripts, according to James Freeman, a medieval manuscripts specialist at Cambridge University Library.