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11782Re: Fw: Stunning new exhibition at Dover Castle includes painted replica-furniture

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  • bayard_turner
    Aug 1, 2009
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      Wow, I'd like to see more pictures of the furnishings. Also more info on the paint they used. Drool...

      Bayard

      --- In medievalsawdust@yahoogroups.com, julian wilson <smnco37@...> wrote:
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      > Gentles all,
      >  So here, FYI, - info and pictures Dover Castle's new exhibition.
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      > From the pictures available at the BBC website, this new exhibition really looks worth a visit. I'm so interested, I'd even come over from "old" Jersey just to see it.
      > If we assume that English Heritage did sufficient supporting research - [at a depth that most of us cannot even contemplate due to the expense involved] - before spending all that money on re-creating those interiors - then, if we take the presentation as accurate - the whole meticulously-researched 12Century design ethos they are exhibiting  - may overturn some of our ideas about the way in
      > which we finish our period-encampment equipment - especially painting our replica furniture, - and decorate our Feasthalls at events.
      > Servus,
      >  Matthew Baker
      > http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/england/kent/8177387.stm
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      > Dover castle
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      > The opulent interiors of King Henry II's Dover Castle have been recreated
      > by English Heritage in a £2.45m project lasting two years.
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      > The Kent castle's Great Tower has been brought back to life with almost
      > psychedelic colour and drama, its restorers said. It reopens on Saturday..
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      > It follows extensive research by a team of historians who worked closely
      > with artists and craftspeople.
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      > English Heritage said the castle had been a palace of "Versace-esque
      > bling".
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      > It is thought that King Henry II built the Great Tower to assert his
      > power at a time when the shrine to Thomas Becket at Canterbury was
      > becoming increasingly popular, and Dover had become an important focus
      > for pilgrimage.
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      > The Archbishop was murdered by followers of the king in 1170.
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      > Following Becket's death, the French king Louis VII made a pilgrimage to
      > Canterbury in 1179.
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