Medieval stocking stuffers! What a cool idea. (Via Heavenfield.) Pewter whatchamacallits from Aebba Art Gallery. I’ve always been very fond of pewter–though I hated polishing it when I was a child. It was always my job before Christmas: rub rub, polish polish, tuh. It was the old-fashioned kind of pewter, too, with lead; hand-hammered. Beautiful […]Read more "pewter Hild"
I know very well (that is, I think I know) that ‘harps’ in Hild’s time were essentially lyres, like this: reproduction of Sutton Hoo lyre at the British Museum However, story-wise my notions of ‘harp’ are so strong that I’ve taken the liberty of giving Anglo-Saxons gut-strung lyres, like the one above, and the British–especially […]Read more "most heinous use of a musical instrument–so far"