Below is a collection of early instruments recovered from 'storage in the 'donjon' of Puiverts'. The dog is a bagpipe.
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Chain mail gloves needing a spot of repair show the solid grip required on the sword/lance in the right hand. The strength of the central two fingers are the key to controlling the weight-at-a-distance of the weapon.
Walnuts have been eaten for the last few thousand years. This mill carries on the medieval way of crushing them for oil. They are then squeezed in the press (now actually hydraulic) and the dry matter that is left as a circular cake is then fed to sheep. The shells are used for heating the dish which warms the crushed nuts before pressing.
This was the sort of boat used in the wine trade with the continent, very small by modern standards. It is 'tied up' beside the medieval walls of Southampton. Within the walls, there are storage warehouses from the twelfth century. Despite the road, trees and multistory offices today, which lend an air of permanence to the land, this was sea eight hundred years ago. Aquitaine maintained the wine trade all through the many wars between England and France. Bordeaux is famous for fine wine. English wine was drunk in the middle ages, though cooling of the climate in the thirteenth century made it very difficult.
About this Blog
My travels through contemporary France in search of Richard the Lionheart and relics of his 12th century kingdom.
Paris, Rouen then the Duchy of Aquitaine, seeking useful detail and atmosphere for the second novel in the Lionheart Chronicles.