Old England: A Pictorial Museum (page 20/51)

[picture: 194.---Ringed Mail. Cotton MS. Claud. B, 4.]

194.—Ringed Mail. Cotton MS. Claud. B, 4.

An illustration of a Biblical scene but with Anglo-Saxon costumes and weapons. A king (with a long forked breard) wears a crown, brandishes a heavy sword and carries a shield; he wears ring-mail. [...] [more...] [$]

[picture: 209.---Tower of Earl's Barton Church]

209.—Tower of Earl’s Barton Church

The church in Earl’s Barton, in Northamptonshire, is a work of several periods of our Gothic architecture; but the tower is now universally admitted to be of Saxon construction (Fig. 209). It exhibits many of the peculiarities recognised as the characteristics of this architecture. 1st, We have the “long stone set at the corner, and a short one lying [...] [more...] [$]

[picture: 210.---Edward the Confessor's Chapel, Westminster Abbey,---now used as the Pix office.]

210.—Edward the Confessor’s Chapel, Westminster Abbey,—now used as the Pix office.

“Under its original name of the Isle of Bramble or thorn-ea, Westminster was a place of importance before London existed. [more...] [$]

[picture: 211.---Windows from the Palace of Westminster]

211.—Windows from the Palace of Westminster

The windows are supposed here to be of Saxon origin; that is, dating between A.D. 440 and A.D. 1100 or so. [more...] [$]

[picture: 227.---Saxon Emblems of the Month of January.]

227.—Saxon Emblems of the Month of January.

The central portion of the engraving (Fig. 227) represents the ploughman at his labour. Four oxen are employed in the team, and they are guided by a man in front, who bears a long staff. The sower follows immediately behind the ploughman. Fig. 238, which is a literal copy from another manuscript, presents, at once, the operations of ploughing, sowing, [...]Mr. Sharon Turner has given a brief and sensible account of the Anglo-Saxon husbandry, from which the following is an extract:— [more...] [$]

[picture: 228.---Saxon Emblems of the Month of February.]
[picture: 229.---Residence of a Saxon Nobleman.]

229.—Residence of a Saxon Nobleman.

There’s a lot going on in this Anglo-Saxon nobleman’s house. The nobleman seems to have an open book upside-down on his lap and is handing something, possibly bread, to one of the beggars at his door, beggars who are cripppled, lame, barefoot, and in some cases wearing only underpants. I think one of them on the right might actually be a monkey. In [...] [more...] [$]

[picture: 230.---Hawking.  From Cotton MS.]

230.—Hawking. From Cotton MS.

“All ranks of the Anglo-Saxons delighted in the chace. The young nobles were trained to hunting after their school-days of Latin, as we are told in Asser’s ‘Life of Alfred.’ [more...] [$]


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