A Fantasy Tip from History: Medieval Graffiti

I remember seeing such graffiti in Notre Dame in Amiens, France several decades ago. Interestingly, people who sang in the choir tended to etch a number of things on the seats. This is good source material for most any genre dealing with history but very much for Fantasy. Reblogging on Archer’s Aim.

Nicholas C. Rossis

Medieval graffiti | From the blog of Nicholas C. Rossis, author of science fiction, the Pearseus epic fantasy series and children's books Name etched on a Suffolk church.
(Credit: The Norfolk and Suffolk Medieval Graffiti Survey, via History Extra)

In Kingston, a small village in rural Cambridgeshire, a stolid tenant farmer is wiping moist eyes. His three children had survived the 1507 outbreak of the ‘sweats;’ a sickness that could see you hale and hearty at lunchtime, and dead before supper. But by 1515 they succumbed to a particularly virulent outbreak of the bubonic plague. Having hastily buried them in unmarked graves, he is seeking a way to memorialize them. Without thinking, he fishes a knife from his pocket and neatly etches the names of his three dead children into the walls: Cateryn Maddyngley, Jane Maddyngley, and Amee Maddyngley.

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