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Medieval art is wordy; inscriptions and poems, commentaries and chronicles accompany and adorn it. Words matter and, in these studies Paul Meyvaert leads the reader through careful excavations of that place in medieval art and thought where images and words connect. Focussing on the Venerable Bede and Theodulf of Orleans, he asks, for example what physical objects Bede had in mind when writing about the paintings of his monastic churches, how one can unravel the meaning of the image of Ezra in the Codex Amiatinus, or how Theodulf's words explain what we see in celebrated Apse mosaic of Germigny-des-Prés.