Mysteries of medieval graffiti in England’s churches

Medieval graffiti of straw kings, pentagrams, crosses, ships and “demon traps” have been offering a tantalizing glimpse into England’s past. What do the pictures reveal about life in the Middle Ages? A project to record the graffiti, which began in Norfolk, has now been rolled out to other areas and is gradually spreading across England. Armed with just a torch and a camera, a team of volunteers have recorded more than 28,000 images from churches in Norfolk alone and are a third of the way through searching Norwich Cathedral, where there are many more examples. Although the drawings discovered so far undoubtedly offer an insight into the minds of some – possibly bored – churchgoers in the Middle Ages, their precise meaning is not always clear.

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-28035013

 

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