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From the Loseley MSS, page 134-136:

The following inventory of the contents of Sir Thomas Cawarden’s Armory, seized on behalf of Queen Mary Tudor on Jan. 30, 1533, caught my eye because of the mention of 'Almayne Ryvetts'. 


 
So, I would be curious to see more information on 'riveted' armor in the early 16th C in Germany. While I believe I have seen examples as shown in museums, I cannot recall ever seeing it in non-allegorical art images. Probably just more proof that I shouldn't trust artists...*grin*

Tent Parts?

Jun. 5th, 2008 11:58 am
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 Still in the Loseley MSS (page 104):

OK, what is a ‘betell’? I am reading up on the tents and pavilions of Henry VIII and the supplies needed to support them. The list includes ground tackle (rope dog-bones?), crows feet (term for the three headed ropes used to secure roof edge to the ground), rope stakes (duh), betell’s (“whatthehell?”).
 
Apparently you need a lot of them for tents and whatnot. But not as many as you need stakes. There was an order for 6000 stakes at 20(s) the 1000, and 50 betells at 4(d) the betel.
 
Any guesses?
 
BTW – Have I mentioned how much I <3 Google Books?
 
See my reference material below. I would have to guess that a ‘betell’ is some sort of blunt force tool used to anchor tents in some manner. They are commonly listed with wedges and axes and may have been staff-like in appearance. They are almost always listed ‘with rings’, apparently numbering two.
 
So, what tool that has to do with construction has two rings and is staff shaped….?
 
Anyone?
Reference )
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From the Loseley MSS (page 102):
 
Transportation of Henry VIII’s 308.5 tonne of luggage (tents, pavilions, effects, etc. & presumably his retinue and their baggage as well) from Boulogne to the Tower wharf took six ships. The items for storage were then taken from the wharf to the Charter House via long cart and cars.
 
And I think *I* pack heavy for events sometimes….
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 From the Loseley MSS (page 96) - examples of payment to English craftsmen working on the various 'banquiting houses of Bowes' (green branch built, open air banquet halls constructed for special outdoor feasts):

“Carpenters at one penny the hour, bricklayers ditto, labourers a halfpenny the hour, plasterers eleven pence the day, painters seven pence and six pence the day”

In all, the cost of the Hall constructed at the Queen’s palace at Whitehall was £1745. This was a round structure, 332 feet in circumference with a canvas roof that had been painted with clouds, stars and sunbeams and then heavily decorated with foliage and various fruits (“pomegranates, oranges, pompions, cucumbers, grapes”) and gilded work which must have evoked the feeling of looking up at the sky through an enchanted forest setting. This cost was enormous in that day and age, and was spent in an effort to prepare the reception for an Ambassador of France. 

I want a fantasy forest tent in my palace backyard too!

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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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The description of the ‘costumes’ for the people portraying the Irishman and Irishwoman for the Christmas entertainments of Henry VIII. Hard to tell if these ‘Irish’ folk were part of the Hunt (if so, hunter or hunted?) or some other part of the masque. All footnotes are taken from original text: Loseley Manuscripts, page 52:
 
Irishsman*
 
A large garment of blewe and redde satten pained, con’ viij y’ds. At vj (s) viij (d) the y’d, liij (s) iiij (d), lined w(ith) black buckeram vi y’ds, iiij (s), w(ith) a hear (wig) of blacke flaxe, and a hed pece of dornix+, w(ith) by estimac’on ij (s) iiij (d), w(ith) a sword price ij (s) vj (d), w(ith) a pair of buskens of bridges satten, con’ I y’d di. at v (s) the y’d, vij (s) vj (d) in all …. lxviij (s) ij (d)
 
Irishewoman
 
A mantele of red and blew satten paned, con’ ix y’ds at vi (s) viii (d) the y’d, lx (s), liyned w(ith) red buckeram, v y’ds, ii (s) vi (d), w(ith) a smock of yellow buckeram, con’ vi y’ds, iiij (s), w(ith) a hear of flax, worth by estimac’on iii (s) iiij(d), w(ith) a girdle of red sarcenet, con’ I q’ter y’d, xvi (s); in all, besides w’kemanship and other charges of provisio’……..lii (s) viii (d)
 
* It is evident from these entries that the attire of the Irish at this period wsa national and peculiar. (original editors note – not mine!)
+ Dornix, a course sort of damask made at Deornick in Flanders.
 
Someone with a better understanding of English coin and Latin numbers will have to work out the price on these. If you figure out the system, please let me know since I am curious as the values of the fabrics and garments in this section altogether – all of which are itemized in this text.
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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.
 
My GODS!
 
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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