Via Medieval News, an enhanced image of some writing recently discovered on a Salisbury Cathedral wall. The words are in English, but what they are and what they mean is a mystery. I know what you are thinking: I scribbled it there when I was at Salisbury in 2007 -- you know, when my family dined upon scones with Jude Law. Well it wasn't me: the text is fifteenth century.
What do you think it states? I have a few theories (all hypothetical transcriptions rendered into Modern English):
- "Hahaha you thought you got rid of us in 1290, we are sneaking through your cathedrals and scoffing scones in your cafés"
- "PLEASE refrain from carrying baked goods from the refectory into the main cathedral."
- "Shrine temporarily removed to make way for the Reformation."
- "I have collected seven manuscripts of an ancient poem about the hero Beowulf and secreted them with three of Chaucer's unpublished works in t---" (rest of text obliterated)