The food in medieval monasteries….

  What was the lifestyle of medieval monks in Britain? What went on in those wondrous abbeys that ruled their neighbourhoods, often with fists of iron? They had some harsh rules, not least that the people they lorded it over had to pay exorbitant sums to have their grain milled by the abbey. Woe betide… Continue reading The food in medieval monasteries….

Pucklechurch and the death of a king….

According to The Folklore of Gloucestershire by Roy Palmer, there was a traditional dish in the south of the county known as whitepot, and it was served at Whit Sunday “revels”. The ingredients of whitepot were: “….four quarts of milk, a pound of flour, a pound of golden syrup, eight eggs, two ounces of butter,… Continue reading Pucklechurch and the death of a king….

Was this a practice to prevent corpses from becoming revenants . . . .?

I have watched a documentary about these skeletons with stones in their mouths. Sorry, I can’t find a link to it online, but it was fascinating. While looking around Google for more about this, I came upon another site which explains more. And another, not otherwise worth the link, which contained the following tantalising passage:… Continue reading Was this a practice to prevent corpses from becoming revenants . . . .?

Medieval locks – the sort found on rivers, not doors.

We are all familiar with modern locks of the sort found on canals and rivers today. Two sets of gates, and a space between from which, or into which, water can be removed or added by mechanical means. Once the water level has risen or fallen (as required) the vessel can proceed. Medieval (and early… Continue reading Medieval locks – the sort found on rivers, not doors.

And I’ve only ever dug up broken clay pipes….!

  Sad to say, when I lived in a country cottage, the only things I ever found in the garden were broken clay pipes (a lot!) and fragments of pottery and china, of which blue and white were by far the main colour. Did I find one coin, let alone 63? Well, a well-worn penny… Continue reading And I’ve only ever dug up broken clay pipes….!

Pastime, passtime, pastance….?

I know there are different ways of spelling one word…especially when it comes to the British/US versions (we’re separated by the same language, right?) but sometimes I come across a word that I have only ever seen spelled one way, yet it suddenly pops up with an extra “s”. In this instance the word is… Continue reading Pastime, passtime, pastance….?

All you need to know about medieval warhorses….

When I read this article, I thought I must have written it in my sleep, because it opens with a very accurate description of me as a seven-year-old. Horse mad, but at the same time I was actually terrified of them. Oh well, there’s no accounting for folk. Anyway, I hadn’t heard of this 1996… Continue reading All you need to know about medieval warhorses….

THE ANCIENT TREES OF GREENWICH PALACE HUNTING GROUNDS

Reblogged from A Medieval Potpourri sparkypus.com THE ANCIENT OAK TREE KNOWN AS THE ‘ELIZABETH’ OAK.  With thanks to Spitalfieldlife for this photo.   In the words of Sir John Howard,  Duke of Norfolk, Richard III’s loyal friend, I get  as ‘wode as a Wilde bullok‘  when I read yet another tedious reference to Henry VIII… Continue reading THE ANCIENT TREES OF GREENWICH PALACE HUNTING GROUNDS

Jankyn Smith of Bury St Edmunds, a contemporary of John Howard, Duke of Norfolk….

  Learning the details of one particular 15th-century man’s life isn’t always an easy matter. One such man whose existence is known in some depth is one John (Jankyn) Smith of Bury St Edmunds. He was very important to his home town, where he is still remembered now. To read about Jankyn, you’ll find a… Continue reading Jankyn Smith of Bury St Edmunds, a contemporary of John Howard, Duke of Norfolk….

THE MEDIEVAL BED (update) – A PRIZED POSSESSION

REBLOGGED FROM sparkypus.com A Medieval Pot Pourri A nice example of a medieval bed.  Note the commode next to the bed complete with a lock!  The side curtains are shown this way in most illustrations.  I thought they may have been bunched up into some type of bag but it has been suggested to me that… Continue reading THE MEDIEVAL BED (update) – A PRIZED POSSESSION