Finished a New Dress… Finally

Why oh why does it take me so long to sew? I’m making 11th century Anglo-Saxon tunics for heaven’s sake. Granted they’re rectangular construction and not the cheat-method of  making tunics, but come on. It’s not exactly hard. Oh well — it’s done, or nearly so. I just need to hem it. The cool thing… Continue Reading Finished a New Dress… Finally

Tile Roofs in Medieval England

This beautiful little number to the left is a terracotta roof finial shaped in the form of an animal. A “mudlark” discovered it in the Thames and alerted the Museum of London, which dated roughly to the 13th century. (The mudlarks are the amateur treasure hunters and archeologists who dig in the Thames. I love… Continue Reading Tile Roofs in Medieval England

I’m Excited About a Window

Yes, a window — an Anglo-Saxon window to be precise. An article from Newbury Today reported that workmen at St Andrews Church in Boxford (North Wessex Downs, Berkshire) have uncovered a pre-1066 Saxon window. The little window is a frame with a hinged wooden panel. The frame is made from a single piece of hewn… Continue Reading I’m Excited About a Window

Charlemagne Helps Out My Persona

I don’t think he did it on purpose, but Emperor Charlemagne left an amazing set of manorial instructions that will help my persona building a LOT. The document is called the Capitulare de Villis and dates from the 8th century in southern France. Either Charlemagne or his son Louis might have commissioned the document, which… Continue Reading Charlemagne Helps Out My Persona