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If you are a book lover + 16th century history geek like me, the image below may be pornographic in nature....

Before The Mast - Available To Buy, Second Edition

That's right y'all - the reprint of 'Before The Mast: Life and Death Aboard the Mary Rose' has been released. Unlike the first printing of this work, the current version is set up in two volumes to better accommodation of the HUGE TRACKS OF RESEARCH therein (without the inevitable spine breaks that the first printing seemed to have when they attempted to fit it all in one book).

My favorite review of the book to date?

"I got it for the surviving garments but stayed for the forensic anthropology. Fantastic"



The Mary Rose carried a crew of naval officers and sailors, a fighting force of gunners and soldiers, a Barber-surgeon, several ship's carpenters and skilled navigators. Of nearly 500 men, fewer than 40 survived the sinking on 19th July 1545. Trapped by netting, or below deck, they stood little chance, and their bodies and belongings went to the bottom of the sea. Excavation of the hull and contents produced a huge collection of objects that together make up a detailed picture of what life was like on board.

Before the Mast explores how the men of the Mary Rose lived, through their surviving possessions; how they were fed; their music and recreation, medicine and provision for illness and injury, as well as working practices: carpentry and maintenance, stowage, navigation and ship's communications. The personal possessions of the crew included religious items, books, fishing lines and weights, sewing kits, money, hair combs, jewellery, knives, musical instruments and many items of clothing. The Barber-surgeon, who had his own cabin, brought on board a fine chest filled with canisters, bottles and pots of ointment and medicines, a variety of surgical instruments and a fine set of razors. Another cabin nearby was clearly occupied by the ship's carpenters whose toolkit included planes, adzes, axes, hammers and drills, as well as pitch pots and special mallets for patching up leaks in the ship's hull. The ship's navigators had the best in sixteenth century compasses. The ship's galley was in the hold and this area in particular produced many examples of wooden and pewter plates, bowls, pots, bread troughs, and tankards, as well as barrels and baskets still containing beef, pork, fish and fruit. The volume also includes an analysis of the human remains providing evidence for the stature and age range of the men most were under 30 their health, and injuries sustained.

Where can you get yours? HERE

Considering the limited run of the first release, I would recommend eating Ramen for a bit and getting your order in now. The copies of the first run are currently going for $350+...

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But I have friends who do. No, not "I have 'friends' who do", these are actual people - other than myself - who love to read about...love...

OK, now that the confusing part is over, let the hilarity ensue.

Read it. Don't drink anything while doing so. Your computer will suffer.

Since I am already married, I can't hunt this man down and propose to him. You single girls out there may want to do so.
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On it's way to my house now!

*happy dance*
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I am tired of stringing my 'wishlist of books' all over every vendor site on the internet.

So I consolidated: http://www.librarything.com/catalog/hsifeng 

Check the "I Want!" tags for items I'd like to add to my library at home. Let me know what you think if you have read the titles in question, or if you just have something to say.
I think about $6,500 should get me all 35 titles….
I need to up my homeowners insurance….
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From the Loseley MSS (pages 55-56): 

Directions from Michael Stanhope to Sir Thomas Cawarden to create six Masks (including costumes) for men of King Henry's stature so that the King might wear one and disguise himself among the other men. No known intention of this 'prank' other than to keep the other guests guessing as to who the King was. There si a scene in Shakespear's "Henry VIII" which is referenced in this part of the MSS wherein Cardinal Wolsy is attempting to discover the Henry while he is in such disguise. There is also a reference to the "Life of Wolsey" describing this same incident.

When I saw the scene of Henry in disguise in 'the Tudors' (yes, I fell prey to that series while sewing one afternoon), I thought it was simply a bit of fluff from the screenwriters. I had no idea that there was actually a historical basis to the incident!

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Found this fabric reference in the Loseley Manuscripts, page 45-55, footnote:
“Baldekin, Bawdekyn, or Baudkyn, as it is writing in our ancient MSS (manuscript) and Chronicles, was a stuff of the richest manufacture, composed of silk and gold thread interwoven. Du Cange says it was brought from Persia: ‘sic dicitur quod Baldacco seu Babylone in Persaide in occidentals provincias deferretur’.”
This fabric was used to make a robe in ‘white’ with a wide embroidered guard of cloth of gold, wrought in knots. This robe was created for the Lord of Misrule (Sir Thomas Carden) for Christmas festivities in the year 1552. In addition to this item, there was a coat of silver with a guard of gold & silk leaves lined in fur, a cappe of mayten’nce (cape of office?) with red feathers and chamblet thrumbe (?) with a plume of feathers, a robe of red baudkyn with a wide embroidered guard of purple/silver lined in fur, a coat of cloth of gold with both red and green velvet and a boarder of more cloth of gold, a robe of purple furred velvet with white and black lining and a matching hat (both decorated with blue and yellow ‘goulde tensell’, a pair of hosen made with cloth of gold with embroidered panes, a pair with cloth of gold and both red and green velvet, two pair of ‘buskyns’ (?), a hat made from cloth of gold with green satin leaves, etc. etc. etc.
This was *only* the clothing for the Lord of Misrule and doesn’t include to loooong list of garments worn by others in the entourage, including the ‘Irish Man and Woman’ on page 52 and the Venus, Mars and Cupid costumes described both here and in other parts of the same section of letters.
Overall, a staggering bill for a week of Christmas entertainments…
It’s good to be the King!

edited to add: OK, so the actual 'question' is - is this a new fabric reference for you, or have you heard of this type of fabric (Baldekin, Bawdekyn, or Baudkyn) before?
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Natural dyes
by Gwen Fereday


OK, I am just starting to work on my 'natural dyes' information collection and I wanted to ask a brief question from those who may have already read/perused/drooled on this book. My college ILL librarian is telling me that this book may cost me $10-$20 to ILL - it is currently available *used* on abebook.com for around $14: So, is this reference material good enough that I should just buy it and be done with it?


Mostly, I am concerned that it may not focus on historical dye processes that would be relevant to my 16th century German focus. Thank you in advance for your input!

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I recently got the book, 'Before the Mast: Life and Death on the Mary Rose' via my college library ILL (*happy dance*) and was perusing it when I noticed a healthy *lack* of weaponry. Not being the shyest child that my mother whelped, I promptly wrote to Alexandria Hildred, the woman in charge of the ordnance collection of the Mary Rose to see what was being published on that front.
Here is her cheerful response – I know what hubby is getting for Christmas!:
I am afraid that the book on ordnance 'Weapons of Warre' is a little late, basically due to the three further seasons of excavation we had the chance to undertake between 2003 and 2005.  However the book is near completion, and should be available before Christmas, in fact we are hoping for  October 11th, a celebration of the day she was lifted in 1982.  The book will be available through the Mary Rose shop (trading@maryrose.org) and I believe also through Amazon.  There will be a link with  US distributor, but not sure whom.
“In the meanwhile (if you can't wait) a relatively detailed article was published  (I authored it) within a volume entitled 'The Heirs of Archimedes' Science and the Art of War through the Age of Enlightenment.  This was published in 2005 by MIT Press under the editorship of Brett Steele and Tamera Dorland.  The number is 0-262-19516-X.  Perhaps extracts are available online
“The book is a collection of essays following a conference at MIT in 2009, so it is pretty heavy going and, although illustrated in parts (lots of gun drawings) no colour.  Obviously the Mary Rose is only one of about 14 essays, so certainly borrow or at least research before you thing of buying.  For information, the volume on the structure of the ship is also due for publication later this year, hopefuylly July.
“Hope this helps.... back to the final edits.....”
Cherylyn’s additional notes:
BTW – If you haven’t gotten a chance to get your hands on the Mary Rose book, doing so could be seriously detrimental to your wallet. Many of the items listed in the find are being recreated by Tod in the UK here: http://www.todsstuff.co.uk/ The book alone will run around $100+ with shipping, but I still plan on pinching my pennies to get a copy.
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I just got the following items in on ILL from the library at the community college that I work for I *heart* my librarian!:


Landsknechte und Reislaufer - EDIT on 4/1/08 "I need to get this book when I can read the darn language. Starting German classes 'for real' next semester for Master Program."


I have been meaning to get a copy of this to flip thru as I have a number of translations-in-progress from my friend Chris Treichel. He swears there are images in here that he has never seen anywhere else and I believe him. This overall text that I have read to date seem to be a much more thoroughly researched version of this book in that it is an exploration of art and historical social interpretation for images from the 16th Century.


Before the Mast, Life and Death Aboard the Mary Rose - EDIT on 4/1/08 "MUST OWN - will buy when funds are available. Next book on my list...Will also be buying the ordnance book by the Mary Rose Trust when it is released around Christmas '08."


I have long wondered what this book would be like ‘in person’. Others have *squeeed* over it in the past, but the $175 price tag made me question it’s level of value. Now, I must own it….




Die Gemalde des 16. Jahrhunderts - EDIT on 4/1/08 "Nice book, some images that I haven't seen before. German text makes any in depth research difficult though. Will be photographing images of note. Don't need to own this one."


Big Book – Tons of Images – Must Get Scanner Online!


Also, got these for the hubby (for his general interest in all things medical) and [info]bedpimp who is interested in portraying a Feldartz in our German reenactments: 

Feldbuch der Wundartzney - EDIT on 4/1/08 "Excellent, will be even better when I can read original German. Not really my main field of study so any ownership will need to wait."

Reproduction of an original medical text from the period - LOTS of cool (and gooey) woodcuts!


Antique Medical Instruments - EDIT on 4/1/08 "Almost useless - there are only a few images worth stealing. I will be taking photographs of the section on 'veterinary medicine' for [info]thumbcat."

Covers a broad period, but lots of detail and full of "ooohhh so pretty" pictures.

I am going to haul these down South with me so that

[profile] dravon and the Ventura crew can take a peek...of course Miles may kill me if [profile] dravon is exhausted for their wedding because of my book peddling ways...*chuckle*

EDIT 3/27/08: I just finished updating my LibraryThing.com catalogue!


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