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Medieval Graffiti
Medieval Graffiti: The Lost Voices of England's Churches | Matthew Champion
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For centuries carved writings and artworks in churches lay largely unnoticed. So archaeologist Matthew Champion started a nationwide survey to gather the best examples. In this book he shines a spotlight on a forgotten world of ships, prayers for good fortune, satirical cartoons, charms, curses, windmills, word puzzles, architectural plans and heraldic designs. Drawing on examples from surviving medieval churches in England, the author gives a voice to the secret graffiti artists: from the lord of the manor and the parish priest to the people who built the church itself. Here are strange medieval beasts, knights battling unseen dragons, ships sailing across lime-washed oceans and demons who stalk the walls. Latin prayers for the dead jostle with medieval curses, builders accounts and slanderous comments concerning a long-dead archdeacon. Strange and complex geometric designs, created to ward off the evil eye and thwart the works of the devil, share church pillars with the heraldic shields of Englands medieval nobility.
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Linsy
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“The images and texts that are inscribed into the very stones of the church building can often tell us far more about the medieval people who worshipped there than any amount of brightly coloured stained glass.”

Just saw this HP photo challenge and had to join in! Thanks for hosting @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks & @vkois88!! #NewHogwartsAdventure #Symbols

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Yay!! So happy for you to join us!! 🙌🏻🙌🏻 1y
vkois88 Thanks for joining us! This is a good pick 😊 1y
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Linsy
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Joining @I-read-and-eat for #historymonth with a #scaretober appropriate read I'm so excited to start!

britt_brooke Nice photo! 📷 3y
Hobbinol What a fascinating subject! 3y
Godmotherx5 That sounds really cool. 3y
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I-read-and-eat Great photo and your book sounds fascinating! Thanks for joining in 😊 3y
HijackMe I knew this was a thing in antiquity and the 18th/19th century but never even thought about the medieval era. Thank you for sharing this 😍 3y
I-read-and-eat What a crazy coincidence, there is a lecture on this topic at my uni this week. I hope I can attent. 3y
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Inkpaperblott
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I really enjoyed learning about all the different forms of graffiti found around England's churches, however the author was a little difficult to work with.

Yossarian Did they use medieval spray paint cans? 4y
Inkpaperblott @Yossarian haha, no - scratched images, names and symbols into the walls. 4y
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