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Introduction to the Graffiti

Medieval graffiti are much like modern graffiti in that they are basically informal writings on hard surfaces. They are not as colourful but they cover a surprisingly wide range of subjects. They reflect life in all its facets and include biblical sayings, golden rules, personal notes and memoranda from builders. They were written by priests, architects, penitents and (rarely) local people. They are not formal or official but spontaneous and sincere. Written in Latin and in Early English handwriting, these graffiti are quite a challenge to find and to read.

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Decode the Graffiti