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by Brother Ranulf
Thu Oct 04, 2007 9:36 am
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Drinking Bowls
Replies: 24
Views: 4340

Drinking bowls

Thanks for the clarification, Robin I was a bit dubious when the cathedral "oik" at the exhibition stated that the bowl had been used by Becket, as it would then have been classed as a secondary relic and therefore subject to destruction by Henry VIII's thugs in 1538. I knew there was a pr...
by Brother Ranulf
Thu Oct 04, 2007 9:28 am
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Sheepskins
Replies: 99
Views: 14577

Sheepskins

Under a Euro directive it is now illegal to use the term "spend a penny".

You must say "Euronate"
by Brother Ranulf
Thu Oct 04, 2007 7:31 am
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Drinking Bowls
Replies: 24
Views: 4340

Drinking Bowls

Just found a photo of the Becket mazer, it is made of maple and has a silver band covering the rim - I suspect this was a common practice, as I know people today are wary about the "splinter in mouth" syndrome when drinking from wooden containers.

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by Brother Ranulf
Wed Oct 03, 2007 9:55 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Drinking Bowls
Replies: 24
Views: 4340

Drinking Bowls

Just a small cry from the back of the class, All the 12th century illustrations I have seen show drinking bowls or (at least in the early part of the century) drinking horns. Monastic sites seem to have used bowls exclusively, most likely of wood. I am not aware of any archaeological evidence for po...
by Brother Ranulf
Mon Oct 01, 2007 7:59 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Traditional Welsh dress
Replies: 6
Views: 1941

Traditional Welsh Dress

Regarding regional differences in England, I doubt there were many in terms of dress or manners in those areas with predominently Old English backgrounds. The Scandinavian influence was certainly still identifiable in places like York in the 12th century, where furniture, metalwork and other items h...
by Brother Ranulf
Fri Sep 28, 2007 3:37 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Traditional Welsh dress
Replies: 6
Views: 1941

Traditional Welsh Dress

My main interest is 12th century Anglo-Norman England, but recently I got into the Welsh of that period having come across so many mis-quotes from Giraldus Cambrensis on the web. Like Gerald I am one-quarter Welsh. His "Journey through Wales" and "Description of Wales" date from ...
by Brother Ranulf
Thu Sep 27, 2007 11:10 am
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Sheepskins
Replies: 99
Views: 14577

Sheepskins

Come on Jelly, je vouz en priz put us all out of our communal "miserere" . . . wot's wrong with floor fleece? personally I would rather sleep on it than stand on it; 12th century monks and nuns were restricted to lambskin or black cat instead of opulent furs for lining their winter clothin...
by Brother Ranulf
Wed Sep 26, 2007 10:57 am
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Sheepskins
Replies: 99
Views: 14577

Sheepskins

Hi Ian, In my "Oswald" persona I often portray a shepherd and claim "ancient rights" for having sheepskins: From the early rectitudines singularum personarum : "About the shepherd. A shepherd's due is that he should have 12 night's dung at Christmas and 1 lamb from the year'...
by Brother Ranulf
Tue Sep 25, 2007 4:24 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: Canon Law
Replies: 25
Views: 4607

Canon Law

Thanks, Sophia, Hebrew is not one of my strong points; I did wonder if it was a case of translation though. Other Canterbury Jews had distinctly non-AngloNorman sounding names like Isaac, Luke, Jacob. Although the 12th century theoretically saw Jews limited to particular roles such as moneylender, t...
by Brother Ranulf
Tue Sep 25, 2007 2:11 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: Canon Law
Replies: 25
Views: 4607

Canon Law

Sophia - I tried getting my carriage to return (like a boomerang) but ... :lol: Incidentally my research into Canterbury's late 12th century Jewish community shows them to have been fully integrated in the heart of the city, albeit in an enclave around the synagogue in "Hethenmanne Lane". ...
by Brother Ranulf
Tue Sep 25, 2007 10:07 am
Forum: General History
Topic: Canon Law
Replies: 25
Views: 4607

Canon Law

Hi Ian, Yes it is "long see, no time", glad to know someone is out there! Only joined this forum recently and am very impressed with the topics and level of debate, it only rarely descends into the cesspit area (is there a good gongfermer in Yellow Pages?) For people new to medieval re-ena...
by Brother Ranulf
Sun Sep 23, 2007 8:43 am
Forum: General History
Topic: Canon Law
Replies: 25
Views: 4607

Canon Law

I have been reading through some of the recent postings regarding the celebration of Mass and other aspects of the impact of the Church on people's lives. This is an aspect I have been contemplating for some time, without really coming to any concrete conclusions, but here are a few thoughts for wha...
by Brother Ranulf
Fri Sep 21, 2007 9:56 am
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Norman ladies shoes
Replies: 15
Views: 2808

Norman Ladies' Shoes

["Maybe I'm easily disappointed, but I was hoping for a bit more than that."] I was lucky enough to take early retirement from a high-pressure office job seven years ago and immediately set myself the task of researching the Anglo-Norman 12th century on a full-time basis. The reasons were ...
by Brother Ranulf
Fri Sep 21, 2007 7:54 am
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Norman ladies shoes
Replies: 15
Views: 2808

Norman Ladies'Shoes

My thanks to "Tuppence" for allowing that there may be even a remote possibility that someone in the country has done exhaustive research on all aspects of the 12th century in Anglo-Norman England and that it could take years - it has. I would answer all of the points rased but the reply w...
by Brother Ranulf
Thu Sep 20, 2007 10:25 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Early hospitaller costume
Replies: 3
Views: 975

Early Hospitaller Costume

Just finished some research on these guys for a friend of mine. The Low Latin (that is, not classical) word "Cappa" is the origin of our word cape but the term was applied to numerous different garments during the 12th and 13th centuries. It is the "chape", a kind of hooded ponch...
by Brother Ranulf
Thu Sep 20, 2007 8:12 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Norman ladies shoes
Replies: 15
Views: 2808

Norman Ladies' Shoes

By "Norman Women" I take it you mean noblewomen. My research over many years into Anglo-Norman costume of the 12th century has included the shoe finds from York and the Thames area of London (some of which appear in the Museum of London book on shoes and pattens), plus literally hundreds o...

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