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The picture shows Cain striking his brother Abel in the head with a spade, and killing him. The Morgan Library, Psalter-Hours of Guiluys de Boisleux, MS M.730 fol. 11r (after 1246).

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Detail from an illuminated manuscript that shows a man using a spade. St John's College, Cambridge, MS K.30 f.2r, showing the labor for the Month of March.

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Iron blade from a spade (also known as a spade iron). Medieval spades had wooden blades, sometimes fitted with a separate iron edge. In 1356 the stock of an ironmonger, John Leche, in Cornhill, included a 'spadierne' (spade iron) and two 'augers'…

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This spade is carved from a single piece of ash, with a handle made probably of walnut. Found in Southwark in 1998.

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Composite leather-soled patten and hinged wooden pattens. These pattens are from the late 14th/early 15th century and are made of adler, popler, willow and aspen. From Grew and de Neergaard, Shoes and Pattens.

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Pattens at the bedside in a 15th century manuscript page from Tacuinum Sanitatis, a guide to healthy practices for medieval populations (BNF Nouvelle acquisition latine 1673, fol. 90v.

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A tailor working with a woman to tailor her gown. A pair of shears is on the table in front of him, which is often used in the tailoring process.

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A Tailor, dressed in an orange surcoat, using shears to cut out and shape a coat. From the Hours of the Blessed Virgin Mary, British Library, MS Harley 6563, f. 65.

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A woman shearing a sheep. From British Library, Harley 1892 f. 27v (c. 1475-1525)

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Two people cooking meat on a rotating skewer over a large fire. From British Library, Add Ms 42130 , f. 206v (the Luttrell Psalter).
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