Old England: A Pictorial Museum (page 30/51)

[picture: 735.---St. Peter's, Northampton.]

735.—St. Peter’s, Northampton.

Vast stone pillars and semicircular arches, with the characteristic Norman zigzag decoration, identify this as a Norman building and indeed it’s from the early 12th century, between 1120 nd 1140. Saint Peter’s is no longer used as a church, but you can visit it as [...] [more...] [$]

[picture: 736.---Sanctuary, Westminster.]

736.—Sanctuary, Westminster.

From a sketch by Dr. Stukeley, before its destruction in 1775 [more...] [$]

[picture: 783.---Costume of the time of John.]

783.—Costume of the time of John.

I do not know what the people are doing in this picture; it might be that the kneeling man is selling herbs to the man standing holding out coins. [more...] [$]

[picture: 784.---Horse Beating a Tabor.]

784.—Horse Beating a Tabor.

In Olde England (the Anglo-Norman period of about a thousand years ago) the horses used to play drums, especally at Christmas and other holidays. Or when marching to war: the [...] [more...] [$]

[picture: 787.---Bob Apple.]

787.—Bob Apple.

Bob-apple is a game in which an apple is hung by a string from the ceiling or other high piece, or put into a a bowl of water, and people have to eat it or pick it out of the bowl, allw ithout using their hands. It used to [...] [more...] [$]

[picture: 790.---Costume of Norman English Ladies in 12th Century.]

790.—Costume of Norman English Ladies in 12th Century.

The costume of the Normans of both sexes was chiefly Oriental, borrowed from the Crusades of this period (Figs. 783, 790). The most remarkable exception was the single knotted [...] [more...] [$]

[picture: 792.---Ancient Quintain.]

792.—Ancient Quintain.

The sports of the [twelfth-century] Norman lords [...] [more...] [$]

[picture: 794.---Bowling.]


We have traces that the Norman-English delighted sometimes in sports more innocent [than bear-playing and cock-fighting]; we can fancy them sitting absorbed in the intellectual game of chess (Figs. 798, 800), or enjoying the fresh air, the green grass, the summer sun on the bowling-green (Fig. 794), or bursting with obstreperous laughter by the rustic [...] [more...] [$]

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