Re: [Authentic_SCA] Re: Describe your SCA bed/bed clothes?
- Madainn Mhath!
In the Crith Gabhlach, which is an Irish law tract from possibly as
early as th 7th or 8th centuries, they list quite extensively the
household gear of most social ranks of Irish society. Beds are listed
as required furniture for the highest commoner ranks (Bo Aire) and
lowest noble ranks (Aire Deso)(had to have 8 beds in their house of 27'
diameter). I'm sure that in 14th century Dublin people were sleeping on
beds of at least norwegian or anglo-norman design (four post, slat beds
like those found in the Gokstad ship-burial) Dublin, remember was a
trading hub for the Scandinavian trading empire that existed on the
western seaboard of Britain (Scotland, & Man) (and included many
coastal ports in Ireland up to the 11th century) up through the late
13th century. Their influence is still felt today in many places. Go to
the Isle of Man and attend the Tynwald...
I would look up volume IV of the "Ancient Laws of Ireland" translated
and edited by O'Curry (If I remember correctly). Also, Fergus Kelly and
others have put together a more recent work collectively called the
"Early Irish Law series". "A Guide to Early Irish Law" by Fergus Kelly.
D.A. Binchy produced a benchmark work on Irish laws back in the
60's(?)...whose title I have forgotten.
O'Curry's work is the 19th century translation and is sometimes kinda
obtuse but gives the best detail of the Crith Gablach.
So, beds in early period, beds in late period. Remember that Dublin
became the center of the Anglo-Norman "Pale" sometime after the 1150's.
--- sue_clemenger <sue_clemenger@...> wrote:
> Is this in response to my post earlier about sleeping on straw? <g>____________________________________________________
> sounds like an entirely tempting reason to go back to a later period
> persona, but right now, my Better Half (Maire) lives in 14th Century
> Dublin, so that's just a wee bit of a stretch from the one to the
> I'm not familiar with Mr. Thornton's book, though, and it sounds very
> interesting. Would you happen to have more info on it?
> --Maire/Sue (also wondering what a "holland quilt" would
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