The voices of medieval commoners are largely silent. Most medieval documents come with the same limitations. The past five or six years have seen a massive rise in one particular area of medieval studies – an area that has the potential to give back a voice to the silent majority of the medieval population. To date, the Norfolk survey has recorded more than 26,000 previously unknown medieval inscriptions.
Source: First four paragraph openings, Matthew Champion, Medieval graffiti: Graffiti on the walls of Europe’s old churches reveals the real Middle Ages – a world far removed from knights and damsels, in Essays, Aeon, 14.6.2016.