OT: Re: [HNW] New Books
baine at microcore.net
Thu Sep 19 08:14:34 PDT 2002
Kirrily Robert wrote:
> 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.
IIRC, there is a portrait of Henry VIII showing his shirt as being heavily
blackworked, but I don't recall seeing or reading anything about blackworked
doublets before the late 16th century and I've been doing blackwork for 15
years. I have read about a couple of early doublets that had been heavily
embroidered, but the embroidery wasn't described in detail and I can't
remember which reference book I saw it in. I do remember it was on ILL, but
I've slept since then. <smile>
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