Thanks for this. Allow me to forward to the Medieval Leatherworking
list for you.
Selene Colfox, who can fix the inside AND the outside of a cow!
Sandra Kisner <sjk3@...
> I know this isn't cooking related, but I'm not on any other SCA
> lists. Not to mention there may be some interest here. Once again
> I'll post a heavily-truncated bit of the original post, with a link to
> the BMR website and an offer to forward the entire review to anyone
> who is interested. Please feel free to pass this on to other lists!
> Subject: BMR: Mould et al., Leather and Leatherworking (Hillyer)
> (from TMR 06.01.11)
> Quita Mould, Ian Carlisle, and Esther Cameron. Leather and
> Leatherworking in Anglo-Scandinavian and Medieval York. The
> Archaeology of York: Volume 17: The Small Finds: Fascicule 16 Craft,
> Industry and Everyday Life. Published for York Archaeological Trust by
> the Council for British Archaeology, 2003. Pp. viii + 364. $50.00
> (pb). ISBN1-902771-36-2.
> Perhaps there was an old saying among early medieval Londoners that
> went something like this: "Never judge an Anglo-Scandinavian from York
> until you walk a mile in his boots." Now it may be possible to
> recreate the opportunity of gaining such an insight by utilizing
> information found in this book.
> The text provides an in-depth report of the archeological discoveries
> of leather objects found in York during excavations from the 1970s up
> to 1999. Most of the items discussed were located at the excavation
> site known as 16-22 Coppergate. Although leather usually decomposes in
> the earth, the York excavations provided an abundance of leather goods.
> <major snippage>
> The "Everyday Life" section succeeds as the most interesting part of
> the book. All aspects of shoemaking are discussed extensively with
> many illustrations and photographs. The changes of styles and
> construction techniques from the ninth century to the fifteenth
> century are expertly explained. The specimens found in York are then
> compared with other examples of such work found in other areas of
> Europe. The discussion of the scabbard and knife sheath leatherwork
> follows the same method of presentation.
> <rest of the article cut>
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