signet-ring | British Museum
Gold signet-ring with a massive channeled hoop and a circular bezel engraved with a lion passant regardant (?) statant guardant (?) and a scroll with a motto in black letter.
This is a map of Calais, slightly too late for my purposes, in two senses, but fascinating, nonetheless. It shows what was once called Newnham, now called Nieulay, as the fort to the south of the town where they had the sluice gates. If they shut them, then the river would flood the marshes and no one could come anywhere near the walls of the town itself. Cunning, non?
This is York from the south, drawn by Edwin Ridsdale Tate in 1914, showing the city as he - a noted antiquarian - imagined it might have looked in the 1400s. Thomas and Katherine have been there before, of course, in Broken Faith, so they know what to expect, but I had not seen this before, and so I too know a little more clearly what they will find.
'Liber de oculis, qui vocatur 'Salaracer id est secreta secretorum', England 14th/15th century (British Library, Sloane 981, fol. 68r)' doesn't really do this image justice does it?
A Medieval Menagerie
Our calendar series for 2012 featured the gorgeous Hours of Joanna the Mad (Add MS 18852), a spectacular Book of Hours that was produced for Joanna of Castile (more frequently, and somewhat unfairly, known as Joanna the Mad) in Bruges between 1496 and 1506. This Book of Hours was clearly...