Doodling with a flourish

When you’re looking for the perfect flourish you need to practice. This is a page of doodles from a 17th century cookbook by Elizabeth Fowler, one of the many manuscripts being transcribed by Shakespeare’s World volunteers. 2016 marks the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death and the collection of recipes, remedies, family letters and state documents from the Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington, D.C. is providing a fascinating glimpse into the world in which he lived and worked. If you’d like to learn more about 16th and 17th century everyday life, start transcribing at

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