- I've been researching domestic interiors specifically for me -
era/persona (1570's Scotland). Looking in manuscripts, wills &
inventories mostly (not a lot of illuminated manuscripts for this
era & place unfortunately!) What I've got so far? Pillows and
bolsters, pillow cases looking just like modern ones (taking
advantage of selvedges for the edges), sheets are almost always
listed in pairs (top and bottom, no gathered elastic obviously),
quilted coverlets, plain embroidered coverlets (sort of like a 2nd
decorated top sheet), fur lined coverlets, pillow biers (sort of
equivalent to a pillow sham), straw filled mattresses, down and
feather filled mattresses, lots of cushion covers in you name it -
quilting & embroidery - basically whatever you can put textile-wise
on a cushion. Also, don't forget the curtains and valances that
typically enclose a bed - I've found simple lined woollen ones to
expensive silk and velvet embroidery covered ones. Plus hangings for
the walls to help enclose heat & keep out damp - again, plain,
embroidered, painted, you name it.
Domestic interiors were a favorite in the illuminated manuscripts,
you should find a wealth of detail for the era you are looking for.
--- In Authentic_SCA@yahoogroups.com, "Susan Farmer" <sfarmer@s...>
> --- In Authentic_SCA@yahoogroups.com, "George Irvin"<jmcdade@p...> wrote:
> > Greetings Everyoneto.
> > I have a general question that I trust someone has an answer
> What were common bed coverings in Western Europe in the Middleages?
> Sheets, Blankets, Pillows/Bolsters. Does anyone know of extent
> examples? Were might I start this particular
> investigation?...suggestons anyone?
> > I remain
> > James Irvin
> I have a general question that I trust someone has an answer to.What were common bed coverings in Western Europe in the Middle ages?
Sheets, Blankets, Pillows/Bolsters. Does anyone know of extent
examples? Were might I start this particular
I recommend _The Book of Fine Linen_ by FRANCOISE DE BONNEVILLE as an
overview - you may be able to find it thru ILL. It has lengthy
discussions of the history of household linens (mostly focusing on
hemp, linen, and cotton items), and makes a nice overview. The
illustrations are mouthwatering, too :)
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