Medieval London

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This illustration depicts the cook in the Prologue of Geoffrey Chaucer's The Canterbury Tales riding on a horse while holding a meat hook. From the Huntington Library, EL 26 C 9, f. 47r (the Ellesmere Chaucer)

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(Fig. 4) The people in this illustration, of a significantly higher class than Alisoun, have sleeves to match this class difference. Like Alisoun, their sleeves have a luxurious fur trim, but theirs are much longer, more expensive, and therefore more…

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A straight bone pin from the 15th century with a head in the form of a diamond knop and no flanges (grooves), probably used to fasten clothing (Museum of London Collections, ID 16993, dated 15th century).

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A closer image of the illustration in question. Note the fur-lined sleeves and gold cinch around her waist.

This image of Christine de Pizan presenting her writings to the queen of France also illustrates the style of sleeve that was popular at the time. The queen (in red) and the lady-in-waiting in the green dress both have similar sleeves to the style…

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Late medieval patten, probably for the right foot of an adult. From the Museum of London.

This copper alloy seal was discovered in the Thames in London. The image on the seal is two birds, most likely cormorants facing each other with their beaks touching and a fleur-de-lys in between the two birds with an inscription in Latin of the seal…

This gold posy ring is inscribed with various phrases. The first phrase, 'UNG TEMPS VIANDRA', meaning 'a time will come', is engraved in French, and is in Roman capitals. The second phrase, 'MON DESIR ME VAILLE', is also engraved in French, and in…

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A gold posy ring, created to symbolize two intertwined ribbons engraved with design and 'mercy' in black letters. This inscription is repeated five times, and the inside is engravedmon amour.

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This portrait of King Richard III was created in the 16th century, long after his reign, between 1483 and 1485. His grand status is accentuated by his clothing and jewelry. The ring he wears, on the third finger of his left hand, symbolizes love and…
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