Sir Baldwin Furnshill is described, when we first meet him, as “a tall and strong-looking man, obviously a knight, wearing a heavy cloak over a mail hauberk that looked old and appeared to have seen several battles, from the scars and scratches that were visible.” These include a “knife scar from temple to jaw”. He “was tall…. and carried himself like a lord. Broad and thickset under his mail, he stood proud and haughty, like a man who had fought successfully in several battles.” But his face was marked by “deep weals, the lines of pain that stood out, the furrows of anguish that travelled from underneath his eyes, past his mouth, to finish in the hair at his jawline. They pointed to great suffering as if he had known a level of pain so deep as to be almost inbearable, although he did not seem so very old.” He looked “around thirty-five; his dark hair and the neat, almost black, beard just following the line of his jaw seemed to hint at no more than that.” In fact, he was forty-three, and altogether a “quiet, educated and self-possessed knight”.
I need aglets about 1/8” at the widest point to put on the cord I’ve been luceting, if I’m going to get it through the eyelets on my dresses without a crochet hook. I have failed to locate them online. So! I bought some brass sheeting and a metal awl today, and we can give this a try.
Metal awls from the jewelers’ section in Hobby Lobby appear to be an adequate substitute for a mandrel, by the way.
It was a Sussex battle which dethroned a King, but today its name is little known.
The Battle of Lewes in 1264 saw Henry III routed and taken prisoner, during a civil war which saw barons pitted against the Crown.
Henry III had angered many of his nobles, who finally went to war against him in 1263.
Each side spent the first part of the campaign laying siege to each other’s castles and in May 1264 the King’s army retired to Lewes for a rest.
But they were surprised by rebel leader Simon de Montfort , whose smaller force defeated Henry’s troops.
Henry, his son Prince Edward and his brother Richard were all captured.
De Montfort assumed power, but later Prince Edward escaped and the rebels were finally defeated at the Battle of Evesham, where Simon de Montfort met his own end.
It will never be known which side the owner of the skull fought upon, but it is clear that he would have met a terrible death.
The way that the man died has touched those who have recovered and examined the skull known as ‘Skeleton 180’.
"We’re meant to be scientists and emotionalism isn’t meant to enter into it," said Jim Ball, who led the archaological team.
“But, my goodness, when you look at this poor devil you can see the way he died. He must have kept fighting for as long as he could, because he knew that when he stopped he was going to die,” said Mr Ball.
The chest is the most common and fundamental item of medieval furniture. Wealthy nobles would own hundreds upon hundreds of chests, as shown by wills and death-rolls.1 Chests in the Middle Ages served simultaneously as both furniture and luggage. Chests were the most important furniture item of the medieval noble household.