Old England: A Pictorial Museum (page 25/52)

[picture: 239.---Convivial Party. Harleian MS. No. 603.]

239.—Convivial Party. Harleian MS. No. 603.

Harleian MS. 603 is an Anglo-Saxon illuminated psalter from the middle of the 10th century. The party looks more like outright debauchery than just convivial to me! [more...]

[picture: 240.---Chairs.  From Harleian MS. No. 603.]

240.—Chairs. From Harleian MS. No. 603.

Harleian MS. 603 is an Anglo-Saxon illuminated psalter from the middle of the 10th century. This is the same manuscript as Fig. 239. The three chairs illustrated here do not look very comfortable, but they all lack perspective and the central one, with a minstrel leaning against it with his harp, appears to [...] [more...]

[picture: 241.---Silver Penny of Eadgar, King of England]

241.—Silver Penny of Eadgar, King of England

King Eadgar, or Edgar the Peaceful, ruled from A.D. 959 to 975, so this coin would be a little over a thousand years old.

[picture: 245.---Saxon Emblems of the Month of May.]

245.—Saxon Emblems of the Month of May.

This illustration of the month of May is taken from an Anglo-Saxon manuscript in the British Museum, Cotton Tiberius B 5. It shows people wearing simple clothing, with cloaks and shoes. At left a falconer wearing a long flowing robe sits on a horse; this would be someone of a higher or nobler class. Then in the centre we have two shepherds, one holding [...] [more...]

[picture: 245 [detail].---Hand-drawn Victorian/rococo frame]

245 [detail].—Hand-drawn Victorian/rococo frame

This bizarre hand-drawn picture frame had three parts. It was part of a wood engraving that attempted (badly) to reproduce a mediaeval depiction of the month of May; see Fig. 245. [more...]

[picture: 245 [detail].---Rectangular ornate sketched frame or border]

245 [detail].—Rectangular ornate sketched frame or border

This frame, border, or cartouche, is take from the central part of Fig. 245 (Saxon Emblems of the Month of May); it is a sketchy rectangular outline with large leaves [...] [more...]

[picture: 283.---Royal Costume, and the Harness and Equipment of Horses.  (Cotton M.S.)]

283.—Royal Costume, and the Harness and Equipment of Horses. (Cotton M.S.)

The Three Kings, the figures of legend that are derived from the story of the wise men, astronomers or astrologers who visited the infant Jesus. The Gospels do not say how many of them there were, but names three of them, and tradition says that there were exactly three. Some traditions make two of them white and one black, although since Jesus was [...] [more...]

[picture: 284.---The Harp, Accompanied by Other Instruments (cotton MS.).]

284.—The Harp, Accompanied by Other Instruments (cotton MS.).

[The Anglo-Saxons] put their own harp into the hands of the Royal Psalmist (Fig. 284) [more...]


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