Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Robert Verdon, #189, Medieval graffiti, a found concoction


The voices of medieval commoners are largely silent. Most medieval documents come with the same limitations. The past five or six years have seen a massive rise in one particular area of medieval studies – an area that has the potential to give back a voice to the silent majority of the medieval population. To date, the Norfolk survey has recorded more than 26,000 previously unknown medieval inscriptions.


Source: First four paragraph openings, Matthew Champion, Medieval graffiti: Graffiti on the walls of Europe’s old churches reveals the real Middle Ages – a world far removed from knights and damsels, in Essays, Aeon, 14.6.2016.

4 comments:

  1. Something different for a change. :)

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  2. Thank you. I read the article. Fascinating and touching.

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  3. Yes, Aeon has some interesting stuff at times.

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