History Compass Exchanges Comics: The Joys of Paleography




This comic was inspired by many long days spent reading 17th century manuscript at the Nationaal Archief in The Hague.  I wanted to share with other historians  that feeling that comes with your project being at the mercy of questionable  handwriting. This one is dedicated to all of you who struggle with paleography.

If you have a funny/poignant/thought-provoking/etc.  idea for a history cartoon, please send it to Angela.C.Sutton[at]Vanderbilt[dot]edu.  If I use your idea I will give you credit here.


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2 Responses to “History Compass Exchanges Comics: The Joys of Paleography”

  1. Tracy Lucas Says:


    I have nothing at all to do with the field in the slightest, but I love this.

    I imagine elementary school English teachers to feel the same way.

    • Angela Sutton Says:

      You know, I never thought about it before, but I would definitely have to credit my hours in the archive deciphering the scrawlings of the drunk scribe with training me to read my (adult) students’ handwriting.

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