Bends, tents and a glove

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Bends, tents and a glove

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Just for reference, people might want to have a read of Dave Key's very interesting article of 2003 on bends, link

http://www.companie-of-st-george.ch/cms/?q=en/Dragons


Also some info on tentage in 15thc, again by Dave, plus an article on a glvoe, by Dave - Must Get Out More Key ;-)
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Hello all, Just thought I'd post this picture I found of a bend. Thought it might be of interest.

From: Jean Fouquet, Les grandes chroniques de France, vers 1460 Paris, BnF, Département des manuscrits, Français 6465 fol. 444v
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Sorry, but that's not a bend. It's a napkin!

The size of the napkin varied depending on your duties: the man with a big one over his shoulder is the steward of the household. (Hence the staff: he's overseeing the servers delivering the pies.) Colin Middleton was wearing one just like it while serving the King at Bosworth this year.
Of course he has a knife. He always has a knife. We all have knives - it's 1183 and we're barbarians.

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That's hilarious.
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I'm starting to feel that I'm an object of fun! :shifty: :?
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"Sorry, but that's not a bend. It's a napkin!"

It is a bend, it is a napkin worn as a bend, it is tied and by inference not for immediate use as it denotes his rank as separate from the others as you rightly say, but it is a bend by definition. Bends are not always worn in a military context nor are material specific, viz 'blanket bends' Paston Letters.
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Crrect - bends can denote rank whether in civillian or military use.

And no Colin its not the bend that makes you silly :crazy:
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