The Conversation: Why so many medieval manuscripts feature doodles – and what they reveal

The Conversation: Why so many medieval manuscripts feature doodles – and what they reveal. “Although you wouldn’t dare doodle on a medieval manuscript today, squiggly lines (sometimes resembling fish or even elongated people), mini-drawings (a knight fighting a snail, for instance), and random objects appear quite often in medieval books. Usually found in the flyleaves or margins, doodles can often give medievalists (specialists in medieval history and culture) important insights into how people in earlier centuries understood and reacted to the narrative on the page.”

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