OT: Re: [HNW] New Books

Genie kerowyn at mindspring.com
Wed Sep 18 16:34:08 PDT 2002

What were the titles.

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From: "Kirrily Robert" <skud at infotrope.net>
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Subject: Re: OT: Re: [HNW] New Books

> While we're on the topic of murder mysteries...
> I have recently read two Elizabethan murder mysteries, by two different
> authors, that used blackwork as major plot devices.  In both books they
> just didn't "get it".
> The first one, set in the fairly early years of Elizabeth's reign, had a
> blackworked doublet that was important to the plot.  Now, who in the
> 1560s would have blackworked a man's doublet? (in an all-over pattern,
> if I recall correctly, as seen in 1580s sleeves and foreparts or those
> 1600ish womens jackets)  The only man in a blackworked doublet that I
> can recall having ever seen is one from 1590, in one of the Thomasina
> Beck books, and that was pretty unusual.
> The second book was set just before Elizabeth's coronation, in say
> 1557-1558, and the plot had lots of stuff about blackwork samplers with
> wreaths of leaves and biblical quotes in the middle.  To my knowledge,
> 16th century samplers were mostly of the "stitch reference" variety, and
> weren't designed for display, then band samplers came in in the 17th
> century when girls would work them as part of their schooling, and then
> finally the sort described in the book came rather later.
> Of course I don't really fault the authors for this... it's an obscure
> point that very few people would know about... but I'll admit that since
> this is one of my main areas of interest, it was *very* noticeable to me
> and it annoyed me greatly!
> Anyone else had similar experiences?
> Yours,
> Kirrily
> (SCA: Katherine Rowberd)
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