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Norman culture, dress. References.


NOTE: See also the files: Norse-msg, Italy-msg, France-msg, England-msg, fd-Normans-msg, Bayeux-Tap-msg, 12C-Normans-bib.





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    Mark S. Harris                  AKA:  THLord Stefan li Rous

                                          Stefan at florilegium.org



Actually, one of the more interesting pro-Norman arguments I've heard in

the SCA ran something like this:


Q: "Pfeh! By the 12th century, the Irish had distillation, brain

surgery, and representative government! What did the Normans have?"


A: "Ireland."





From: Elmar Vogt (8/6/93)

To: Mark Harris

RE>Anglo-Norman Garb Questi


/* You recently asked some good questions about 11th century Norman clothing.


/* If you get any e-mail replies that aren't posted to the Rialto, could

/* you please send them my way?


/* I am currently trying to improve my clothing. Although I am a

/* 12th century anglo-norman, what you get may be of great use.

/* For instance, I wasn't aware that any kind of pants was in common

/* use. There are times when some braes would sure beat my long

/* tunics.


/*      Lord Stefan li Rous    Mark S. Harris    


Greetings, My Lord Stefan!


Alas, I have to say, my questions seem so good, that no-one was ready

to answer it!

Neither on the Rialto nor with private mail have I received any

answer, or at least attention, beside your kind letter. (So I was

already pondering whether my post had arrvied on the Rialto at all-

but at least I myself found it there...)


So I am as clueless as before. What I can tell you from my humble

knowledge is:


There were such things as pants- several of my textbooks state two

separate _Beinlinge_ for the legs, tied to a _Bruch_ around the

waist. (I can send you a scanned gif, if you please). They were used

throughout the middle ages until the advent of more flexible cloth,

which allowed for the tension, our modern day trousers exert on our

most valuable parts of anatomy when sitting.

A closer examination of the invaluable Bayeux tapestry shows, that

obviously the Normans also resorted to this method. People's legs are

usually shown in brown or greenish hues (Although we should not put

too much stress on the colors... after all they show green horses,

too.), but they take tone of pale grey or white, when they wade into

water or labor hard, improving fortifications. This is also the time

something like kneecaps can be seen, so I assume that at this time

they unleashed their _Beinlinge_.


Unfortunately I don't have good color copies of the complete

tapestry. So I'm not sure, whether you see several people running

around with something like a tight, simple cap, or if this is just

their usual haircut. I have found nothing that'd point to real hats,

although I've read (in general about the middle ages), straw hats

were common. (But can you imagine the Sherriff of Nottingham wearing

a _straw hat_?)


As for the waxing of cloth, I suppose linen would be best suited.

(A wax-soaken coat of wool must be pretty heavy!) But I'll experiment

on that hopefully during the next weeks and report the results to you.


I'll also put this question to alt.history.costume, but I doubt that

they have useful responses... the last time I asked the question

about _Beinlinge_ there, the only advice I got was to ask the

SCAdians... well.


I hope I could be of some use to you. If you come across something

new to me, or are objective to one of my statements above, don't

hesitate to improve my humble and limited knowledge on the subject.


The best of Greetings unto thee,


    Elmar, to-be Agilmar


|Elmar Vogt/Abt. Exp. Physik/University of Ulm/89069 Ulm/Germany|

|Elmar.Vogt at physik.uni-ulm.de|vogt at sunrise.e-technik.uni-ulm.de |

|Phone:[00]49+731-3026 ________________________________________|

|Fax:            -3036 |VIS VISCERIS, NON FERRO FERTUR (T. Doom)|




From: Elmar Vogt (8/28/93)

To: Mark Harris

RE>Anglo-Norman Garb Quest


... and Greetings to thee, Stefan!


/* Anyway, thanks for the picture. I'm not sure I have anything else that

/* shows hosen that well. But one of the most interesting details for me

/* was the sword belt and hanger. Right now, I have may scabbord hanging

/* like a dagger from a single loop. I had looked at more complex

/* arrangements, but they were all much later than 1150. So I think this

/* illustration may be just what I am looking for. I assume from the

/* picture that it is one belt looped around twice, rather than two

/* seperate belts. This would allow adjustment by the buckle on the top

/* section of the belt.


Not quite. One single belt looped twice would -considering a heavy

sword to be carried- result in a very tight upper loop and a low

hanging lower loop.

The great book by Liliane and Fred Funcken _Historische Waffen und

Ruestungen_ (Historical weapons and armours- highly recommended

reading if you can find an English issue!) shows several

arrangements. (I'll see whether I can scan one or two of them for

you.) Essentially they are all consisting of two belts, a upper one,

comparatively narrow, whose length is varied to accommodate your

waist. This one carries the weight of the assembly.

The lower one is broader and more richly embroidered. Its length is

adapted according to the length of the sword or the height of the

handle you wish, respectively.

Both are connected at one point at the left hip (provided you're

right-handed, as I am not...). This makes it look like-


    | belly|

    |      |


    |\ \   |

    |  \X\ | at

    |  | \ \ at

    |  ||  \U

    |  ||  |U


"X" marks the two separate buckles, " at at UU" marks the sword. "o" is

the link of the two belts.


Looking forward to hearing from you again, I remain your servant,


    Agilmar Martell von Sevelingen


|Elmar Vogt/Abt. Exp. Physik/University of Ulm/89069 Ulm/Germany|

|Elmar.Vogt at physik.uni-ulm.de|vogt at sunrise.e-technik.uni-ulm.de |

|Phone:[00]49+731-3026 ________________________________________|

|Fax:            -3036 |VIS VISCERIS, NON FERRO FERTUR (T. Doom)|




From: jkubenka at sun.cis.smu.EDU (Jennifer Kubenka)

Newsgroups: rec.org.sca

Subject: New book about Normans

Date: 11 Apr 1995 15:28:24 -0400


Good day, readers of the Rialto,


Today I ran across a new book (well, 1994) that might be of interest to

many of you:


I Normanni : Popolo d'Europa, 1030-1200.  Venezia: Marsilio, c1994.  ISBN



This monograph was published to accompany an exhibition held Jan. 29-Apr.

30 at the Palazzo Venezia in Rome.  There are lots of pictures, close-ups

of jewelry, artifacts, embroidery...


I can't vouch for the reliability of the text, as it is in Italian, and I

don't have time to translate it in detail, but it looks interesting.  590

pages worth of interesting...


Emher ni Maille

Barony of Elfsea

Kingdom of Ansteorra



Newsgroups: rec.org.sca

From: dbullard at ivory.trentu.ca

Subject: Re: Norman Fighting Units

Organization: Trent University, Peterborough

Date: Mon, 2 Oct 1995 12:51:13 GMT


In article <44mjvk$fbf at newsbf02.news.aol.com>, allyekat at aol.com (Allye Kat) writes:

>I was watching "Ancient Warriors" on the Discovery channel this week and

>thet referred to a Norman fighting unit called, now here's my problem, a


>I've been asking around but nobody seems to know the spelling. I'd had on

>suggestion that it maybe "Conroy". Does anyone have any information on

>A) The correct spelling

>B) Where I can Find out more information on this


>  Alix de Beaumont

>  Calafia, Caid


The term is spelt conroy, or conrois.  According to Verbruggen, Warfare in

Western europe in the Middle Ages, North Holland Publishing House, 1979, the

strength of the conrois varied according to the power of the liege lord.  The

numbers seem tpo be between 12 and 24 knights.

Vladimir Blahuciak



From: 00mjstum at bsuvc.bsu.edu (10/13/95)

To: sca-www at andrew.cmu.edu, sca-middle at dnaco.net

Subject: Norman Invation WWW page


Thought some of you folks out there might be interested in this...


>Thank you for the mail. You can read my Invasion pages Secrets of the

>Norman Invasion on "http://www.cablenet.net/pages/book/index.htm";

>I am looking for a USA mirror site and would be grateful if anyone

>there is interested.


>Nick at cablenet.net

>Nick Austin





From: "Joe Pinegar" <pinegarj at swbell.net>

Newsgroups: rec.org.sca

Subject: Re: Early Normandy c912-960.

Date: 4 Jun 1997 12:48:03 GMT

Organization: Hoechst Marion Roussel


Dain <9608721p at student.gla.ac.uk> wrote:

> ek at zianet.com says...

> >Does anyone know where I can find info about early Normandy?


> There is a good book called Living in the tenth

> century, regarding the end of the Carolingians.

> Provost Dain auf Schwarzhabichte


You might also try "Death and Life in the Tenth Century" by Eleanor Shipley

Duckett, and "The Normans in European History" by Charles Homer haskins.

These are both probably a little dated, but are still pretty good.





From: "Harold D Sherman" <HALFRED at prodigy.net>

Newsgroups: rec.org.sca

Subject: Re: Norman web page!

Date: 26 Aug 1997 02:24:05 GMT


M'lord may wish to contact the Milites Normannorum at:



According to their material, they are a Norman reenactment group you may be

interested in.


Alfred Halfdane, obviously not a Norman :)



From: mittle at panix.com (Arval d'Espas Nord)

Newsgroups: rec.org.sca

Subject: Re: Norman Persona

Date: 11 May 1998 14:14:22 -0400

Organization: PANIX Public Access Internet and Unix, NYC


> Normans come from the coast of France, Normandy.  I don't think there were

> any Norman Sicilians.  


Sicily was conquered by Norman adventurers in the 11th century.  The

Britannica On-line says:


Three Hauteville brothers-- William, Drogo, and Humphrey--were among the

Norman knights who flocked to southern Italy in the early 11th century.

The sons of a minor Norman lord, Tancred, the three settled in southern

Italy and Sicily, which were at that time a patchwork of warring towns and

principalities.  Serving at first as mercenaries, the brothers soon began

to seize lands for themselves. They also recruited more knights for their

wars and campaigns of plunder. In 1041 a Norman-Lombard force defeated a

Byzantine army near Melfi. In a still greater challenge, Pope Leo IX led a

combined force of local levies, Germans (Lombards), and others against the

Normans at Civitate in 1053. The Normans again scored an impressive

victory. A Hauteville, Robert Guiscard (c. 1015-85), a younger half

brother of the earlier Hautevilles, distinguished himself and became a

leader in the Norman conquests. Gradually but methodically, he drove the

Byzantine forces from southern Italy.  He made peace with Pope Nicholas II

in 1059.  Robert and his brother, Roger (1031-1101), then invaded

Muslim-held Sicily.  Roger became Roger I, ruler of Sicily. The Norman

conquests continued until, with the fall of Bari in 1071, the last

Byzantine forces had been driven from the Italian boot. Palermo in Sicily,

with its great port, fell in 1072. At one time the Normans attacked the

Byzantine Empire itself but had to withdraw because of revolts in Italy.

Still allies of the papacy, the Norman knights became crusaders in the

closing years of the 11th century. Tancred (c. 1075-1112), a Hauteville,

joined the First Crusade in 1096 and gained fame as a military leader. By

1154 Roger II (1095-1154), the youngest living son of Roger I, had

extended his kingdom throughout all of southern Italy and Sicily and into

Greece, had taken control of part of North Africa, and had made his court

at Palermo an important centre of learning and culture. Under later

rulers, the Hauteville dynasty gradually faded. In 1194 King Henry VI of

Germany invaded Sicily. Taking complete control of the Norman kingdom,

Henry put German officials into key administrative posts.


   "Hauteville, HOUSE OF" Britannica Online.


   [Accessed 11 May 1998].


Arval d'Espas Nord                                         mittle at panix.com



From: Andrew Tye <atye at efn.org>

Newsgroups: rec.org.sca

Subject: Re: Norman Persona

Date: Mon, 11 May 1998 14:59:43 -0700

Organization: Oregon Public Networking


On Mon, 11 May 1998, Larry Johnson wrote:

> Elijah Morning Star Elder wrote:


> > I was thinking of trying a Norman Persona for a return to the Society.

> > Does anyone know anything about or any good sources for Sicilian Normans

> > Circa 1066?  I mainly am interested in naming practices and Normanized

> > Sicilian placenames.

> >

> > -ee


>   Normans come from the coast of France, Normandy.  I don't think there were

> any Norman Sicilians.  Norman is a contraction of Norsemen, and are



Ivar here,


A reasonable jumping-off point for looking into the history of Norman

Sicily would be David Nicolle's short book entitled _The Normans_.  This

is #9 in Osprey Publications' Elite series.  (Note to Mr. Elder:  Check at

Eugene Toy & Hobby downtown on E. 11th.)


The book is a decent capsule history of the Normans beginning with their

establishment in Normandy; continuing through their conquest and/or

settlement into England, Scotland, Wales, and Ireland; and spends the bulk

of its remainder describing their adventures in Italy, Sicily, and The

Levant.  (This is not too suprising as Dr. Nicolle is a Mediterranianist.)


According to the chapter on Italy and Sicily,  Norman mercenaries began

showing up in Italy in 1017 but it wasn't until 1041 that they began

conquering territory in their own right under Robert Guiscard.  By 1071,

Normans controlled most of the southern Italian peninsula and effectivly

ended Byzantine Greek rule there.

The Norman invasion of Sicily began in 1080 and was completed in 1091.

Norman Sicily was unified as a single state in 1127 and became a

recognized kingdom in 1030.  After this, the Mediterranian Norman States

began to take a more active part in affairs throughout the Med. and the

Middle East.


I hope this is of some help.  Dr. Nicolles provides a bibliography that

might lead you to more detailed information regarding Sicilian Norman

place names and naming practices.


Ivar Hakonarson

Adiantum, An Tir.



From: lebatarde at aol.com (LeBatarde)

Newsgroups: rec.org.sca

Subject: Re: Norman Persona

Date: 12 May 1998 11:40:37 GMT


mittle at panix.com (Arval d'Espas Nord) writes:

>> Normans come from the coast of France, Normandy. I don't think there were

>> any Norman Sicilians.  


>Sicily was conquered by Norman adventurers in the 11th century.


If I may suggest, get a copy of The Other Conquest, by John Julius Norwich,

Published by Harper & Row. 1967. Library of Congress Catalog Card #67-22506.


It was also published in England under the title The Normans in the South



I think you will find this an excellent source, and a great place to start.





From: "Steven Maynard" <s.maynard at bigpond.com>

To: <stefan at texas.net>

Subject: The Normans

Date: Tue, 4 Jan 2000 20:31:59 +1000


Greetings my lord Stefan,


     I'm not sure but I think it was you

who replied to my request about information on the Normans to Rialto asking

that if I came across any to let you know well I found this great book all

about the history of the Normans in Sicily. It's called "The Normans in

Sicily" by John Julius Norwich. It's published in Peguin Paperback. ISBN

0-14-015212-1. It's a very coprehensive history of the Sicilian Kingdom and

gives a great insight into the Normans.


Wiulliam Castille

MKA Steve Maynard.



From: chimericalgirl at home.com (StrangeGirl)

Newsgroups: rec.org.sca

Subject: Re: Braid casings

Date: Mon, 21 May 2001 19:48:59 GMT


"JE Anderson" <eirika at telusplanet.net> shouted over the general babble

in a vain attempt to be heard:



>Not my area of expertise - but have you checked out extant statuary?

>Funerary statues and architectural staues (columns) of the time period. I'm

>pretty sure I recal seeing braid cases on ladies in that art type.  I could

>be wrong though - just a thought.


All the Norman ladies I have been able to find in statuary (and there

really are not that many extant ones, as most statuarey represented

men and some data comes from 200-year-old drawings of statuary that

has since been destroyed or otherwise lost and so have to be

considered tertiary sources) have one of the three following types of



1} what appear to be ordinary three-strand braids, sometimes with an

apparent ribbon or ribbons braided in and then used to bind the ends.

Sometimes topped with a veil and/or crown.


2} What appears to be a two-strand hairdressing, which is bound into a

'braid' by the use of a ribbon, leaving largish portions (what would

be a range form about 2" to less than 1/2" graduated down the length

of the braid) of hair showing, in one of two methods. Sometimes topped

with a veil and/or crown.


       Possible method one: two ends of a ribbon which is presumably

       looped around the hair near the top and then woven around the two

       sections of hair alternately (technically a four-strand braid),

       and the loose ends more tightly bound off by wrapping both ends

       around the hair leaving no hair showing and tying somehow or

       sewing down.


       Possible method two: one end of a ribbon which is presumably

       passed through or around the head somehow and then woven around

       the two sections of hair alternately (technically a three-strand

       braid with a differing visible structure due to the different

       proportions of the various elements), and the loose ends more

       tightly bound off with no hair showing, using the single end of

       the ribbon and a method similar to modern hair wraps.


I have used both of these methods with some success to emulate the

appearance of the statues' 'two-strand' braids. It is possible that

these are depictions of ladies using false hair that is bound onto the

head with ribbons, but there is no way to be certian without building

a time-machine.


3} Loose or no visible deliberate hair arrangement (hidden except for

hairline at front of head), topped with a veil and/or crown.


This is corroborated by everything I have been able to find in

manuscript illustrations, wall paintings, tapestry and other textile

depictions. Braid casings would probably have been made, if they

existed, of a decorative fabric that would have been happily depicted

as such in bright or symbolic colours by the various visual artists. I

have not yet seen any in my researches into the dress of the period.

Also, I have begun to read up on romantic poetry of the era and have

not found any written references to such accoutrements of dress in the

translations I  have read (not reading Norman French at all and Latin

very little).


Wish I could say I /had/ found something, buyt I haven't :(


False hair seems to be the way to go.


Margery La A

-*-*- Stepford Goth & Rare Human Squeaky Toy -*-*-

"Just imagine setting them on fire and watching them

running around screaming. That's what keeps me going."

           {*reply to the from address*}



From: chimericalgirl at home.com (StrangeGirl)

Newsgroups: rec.org.sca

Subject: Re: Braid casings

Organization: The Corner of my Desk

Date: Tue, 22 May 2001 17:30:58 GMT


marianneperdomo at netscape.net (Marianne Perdomo  Leonor) shouted over

the general babble in a vain attempt to be heard:


>It's not my area of expertise at all but I wonder if someone got

>confused with later styles that did use cases and the re-drawn books

>just perpetuated the myth. Certainly braid casings are used in 15th

>c. Spain (and Italy, too, I think). They are usually white with

>contrasting ribbons.

Sounds quite likely. Norris liked to conflate things. Or depend

heavily on someone else's conflations (Voillet-le-duc...), even when

they were contrary to all logic.


>Nice summary of 12th c. hairdo's, BTW! :) Thanks!


You are welcome! It doesn't cover the three or four main styles of

veil-wearing, but I imagine you are pretty familiar with those. Here

are my main sources for the photographs I studied:


Statuary examples:


Chartres Cathedral, Robert Branner, editor.

(Norton Critical Studies in Art History)ISBN 0 393 09851 6

Out of print, my copy was purchased used. Probably available in larger


note: This is primarily  focused on Chartres, but does cover some of

the other churches in this style for the purpose of comparison. Since

it looks at /all/ of the works in Chartres, it covers the 12th through

14th centuries.


Sculptors of the West Portals of Chartres Cathedral, Whitney S.

Stoddard. (also published by Norton) ISBN 0-393-30043-9

Again, out of print, my copy purchased used.

Note: This focuses on the sculptural style and era of the West Portals

of Chartres and has plates of numerous related carvings, including

Monfaucon's drawings of statuary that is now lost of badly damaged.

Since it is an attempt to track the work of the various scupltors in

this era by their styles, it has one of the best combinations of text

and plates for the purpose of costume research using these works. Some

comparisons between statuary and illumination styles are made and

illustrated with examples, which is helpful to us in trying to

interpret what's /really/ going on in both.


Illumination, textile, and other visual art examples:


Dress in the Middle Ages, Franciose Pipponnier and Perrine Mane.

(Yale University Press) hardcover ed, ISBN 0-300-06906-5

Note: This is included because it's the onlybook I have ever seen a

photo of the Chelles Reliquary (p 10, fig 3), apparently originally

not a religious item, as the subject amtter isn't religious in any

way. It shows a scene of a knight and a lady in a garden(?) he with a

hawk and she with a small dog or cat on a leash. The embrodery is

crude, but it does show the lady's braids, which seem to have been

carefully stitched to depict wrappings. The text is also fascinating,

but really doesn't seem to have much to offer us in this period.


The Pictorial Arts of the West 800-1200, C.R. Dodwell.

(Yale University Press) ISBN 0-300-06493-4

Note: A fantastic resource for those of us who work in this period.

Organized by place, with dates given where known. All kinds of sources

not easily available elsewhere, reproduced beautifully. The only gripe

I have is that I wish there was some way to have fullsized, color

images of all the textiles given, which includes two gorgeous,

embroidered cloaks.


Also, hunt around on museum and university websites. Sometimes there

are treasures to be found, like student photoessays of Chartres.


Probably more than you wanted to know :)


MArgery La A.

-*-*- Stepford Goth & Rare Human Squeaky Toy -*-*-

"Just imagine setting them on fire and watching them

running around screaming. That's what keeps me going."

           {*reply to the from address*}



Date: Fri, 25 Jan 2002 13:40:38 -0500

From: rmhowe <MMagnusM at bellsouth.net>

To: - Atlantia <atlantia at atlantia.sca.org>,

   - Authenticity List <authenticity at yahoogroups.com>,

   - Regia Anglorum - North America <list-regia-us at netword.com>,

   "- SCA-ARTS at listsvr.pca.net" <sca-arts at listsvr.pca.net>

Subject: Medieval Sculpture Book


This is a particularly magnificent book on medieval sculpture.

Kilpeck church is primarily English Norman Romanesque with lots of

animal heads, etc. One of the most beautifully detailed churches

in England. The book contains more than just Kilpeck though.

Very useful for details on all sorts of items.


The Herefordshire School of Sculpture and Kilpeck Church

F C Morgan, Illustrated by Photos (lots of them).


I got my copy through http://www.abebooks.com/

Ran me less than $15. Well worth it.

Or try http://www.bookfinder.com/

It's a fairly current book and should be in print.





Date: Fri, 26 Mar 2004 10:19:40 -0500 (EST)

From: <jenne at fiedlerfamily.net>

Subject: [SCA-AS] Re: [SCALibrarians] Normans in Southern Europe (fwd)

To: Isabel Ximenez de Gauicin <KayeAdair at aol.com>

Cc: Arts and Sciences in the SCA <artssciences at lists.gallowglass.org>,

        EK_AnS at yahoogroups.com


Thought these sources might be useful to you all


-- Jadwiga Zajaczkowa, Knowledge Pika jenne at fiedlerfamily.net


---------- Forwarded message ----------

Date: Fri, 26 Mar 2004 10:09:28 EST

From: SNSpies at aol.com

To: SCALibrarians at topica.com

Subject: Re: [SCALibrarians] Normans in Southern Europe


There are three sources that will give you information about what was being

worn in the Mediterranean basin during the Middle Ages:


Broadhurst, Roland.  "The Travels of Ibn Jubayr".  New Delhi: Goodword Books,


This is a first-hand account of a Spanish Muslim's 12th-century pilgrimage to

the Holy Cities of Islam; on the way, he spent some time in Sicily.  Of

interest to those looking for information on garb at that time is this statement:

"The Christian women of this city [Palermo] follow the fashion of Muslim

women, are fluent of speech, wrap their cloaks about them, and are veiled.  They to forth on this Feast Day [Christmas] dressed in robes of gold-embroidered

silk, wrapped in elegant cloaks, concealed by coloured veils, and shod in gilt

slippers. Thus they parade to their churches, or (rather) their dens ..., bearing all the adornments of Muslim women, including jewellery, henna on the

fingers, and perfumes."  pp. 349-350


Goitein, S.D.  "A Mediterranean Society". Berkeley: University of California

Press, 1978.

This is an amazing 6-volume set of books that gives a vivid picture of the

Jewish communities (and hence, all the communities) of the Arab world in the

Mediterranean basin fromthe 9th to the 13th century based on documents found in

the Cairo Geniza.  Of particular note is Volume IV: Daily Life which has

massive details about clothing, jewellery, home furnishings, and food.  These six volumes are inexpensively available through on-line book sellers like Scholar's Bookshelf.


"Petrus de Ebulo: Liber ad honorem Augusti sive de rebus Siculis".

Sigmaringen: Jan Thorbecke Verlag, 1994.

This is the heavily-illuminated manuscript done at the end of the 12th

century in the royal scriptorium in Palermo.





Date: Tue, 24 Oct 2006 06:44:47 -0400

From: Johnna Holloway <johnna at sitka.engin.umich.edu>

Subject: Re: [Sca-cooks] Oratio de Utensilibus was 12th century

To: Cooks within the SCA <sca-cooks at lists.ansteorra.org>


> Now, speaking of the 12th century (1100-1200): has anybody seen 'De  

> utensilibus ad domum regendam pertinentibus' of Adam du Petit Pont/  

> Adam Parvipontanus?

> Serafina


There's a full title

        The Oratio de Utensilibus ad Domum Regendam Pertinentibus by Adam of



        Patrizia Lendinara (/Lendinara, Patrizia/

Series Volume:     


        Anglo-Norman Studies 15

Pages:        161-176

Publication Date: 1992





From: "willowdewisp at juno.com" <willowdewisp at juno.com>

Date: June 20, 2007 3:51:49 PM CDT

To: ansteorra at lists.ansteorra.org

Subject: [Ansteorra] persona Anglo-Saxon embroidery


Early period people did a lot of embroidery especially the Anglo Saxons. I read somewhere that the Normans really showed off the tunics they got from England and many of them desired Anglo-Saxon wives because of their skills with the needle.


This site give lots of info on embroidery, patterns and stitches.





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