ANST - vervelles

dennis grace amazing at
Sun Aug 10 00:17:50 PDT 1997

Greetings, Cosyns,

Lyonel ici.

In response to my query after a source for brass vervelles, Stefan inquires:
>Uh, Sir Lyonel,
>What's a *vervelle*? (Sounds like one of them thar French words)

Well, in spite my darling Aquilanne's insistence that a vervelle is any of
the four harmony singers of a Motown group popular in the sixties (Dion and
the Vervelles or somesuch), I can assure you that (1) it is a piece of armor
and that (2) like every armor innovation of any importance whatsoever, the
vervelle is undoubtedly--as you so cleverly surmised--of origine francaise
(elegant enough, in fact, to be Occitan). 

Vervelles are the staple-thingies that attach the leather doohickey
whosiwhasis that allows the camail to hang from the bottom of a bascinet
(let me know if this gets too technical for y'all).  A young gentleman here
in Ansteorra has agreed to make a camail for me, and I want to be sure to
suspend it properly.

If all else fails, I suppose I can use large cotter pins, but I don't think
they look quite right.

lo vostre por vos servir

Sir Lyonel Oliver Grace
Dennis Grace
University of Texas at Austin
English Department
Recovering Medievalist
amazing at

Micel yfel deth se unwritere.
                           AElfric of York


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