This weekend’s episode of the Gone Medieval podcast from History Hit is a peek behind the scenes at The National Archives with Principal Medieval Records Specialist (might as well read kid in a sweet shop to me) Euan Roger. As well as talking us through the history and evolution of The National Archives, Euan talks about some of their treasures.
We also had a great chat about doodles Euan has come across in his studies. Here are a few photos of the ones we talked about.
This is Forster’s signature with a huge ‘F’. The man is, Euan suggested, Forster himself on a lads’ night out in London.
Horses are popular features in the doodles, as are hands and fingers – whatever they were up to!
Here’s another fancy horse jotted in a margin of government paperwork.
This man looks very pensive on the toilet. Penny for them?
Okay, this one is downright rude. This scribe clearly has the oldest jibe in the world for his boss!
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