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Why It’s a Thrill to Find a Doodle in an Ancient Manuscript

Eight great articles that explore some of the most intriguing medieval marginalia found to date.

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Mysterious scribbles, fart jokes, and notes to self—keep reading for the surprisingly personal glimpses into the past we can glean from old book margins.

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The Mysterious Doodles Hidden in a 1,300-Year-Old Book

Richard Fisher

Centuries-old books, manuscripts and printing plates often contain invisible etchings, mysterious letters – and even doodles. A new technology that maps the surface of these objects is bringing them to light.