[Spit-project] Looking at the Bayeux Tapestry...

Virginia Gatling ginlee at cnbcom.net
Mon Jul 9 13:46:58 PDT 2007

Hey Gunthar,

I need to get with you on what & who you are planning to feed at Three 
Kings. I don't want us to be trying to feed the same people for the same 


----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Michael Gunter" <countgunthar at hotmail.com>
To: <spit-project at lists.ansteorra.org>
Sent: Monday, July 09, 2007 1:20 PM
Subject: Re: [Spit-project] Looking at the Bayeux Tapestry...

>>   I think this was discussed on perhaps another list, but the "pot"
>>over the fire might possibly be a leather one...
> That was actually my thought as well. Possibly a sewn bullhide.
>>the liquid inside it keeps it from burning up... plus the fact that it is
>>highly saturated prior to being put over the fire.
> It's possible to boil water in a paper cup this way. Leather cookpots
> were not uncommon and very common in Iron Age camps. Although
> most leather pot cooking I've read about used hot stones to boil
> the water.
> However, I don't plan on being THAT authentic.
>>that looks almost like a jaw bone or similar type tool he is holding,
>>but how it is transferring the items from the table to the bowl he is
>>holding, I cannot figure <sigh>.
> I'd have to look at the image again, but I would hazard that he
> is using a flesh hook.
> Okay. I brought up the image. It's a bit large, but I would still
> guess it is a form of flesh hook or some tool for dragging boiled
> bits from a pot.
>>   I think the meat on sticks is interesting... not just the recognizable
>>but the ones that look almost like different colored hot dogs <grin>.
> I'm betting they are representations of various roasts. That's why
> I was thinking of having both pork and beef roasts at the feast.
>>   Pottery bowls and such were used this early, check out the British
>>(I think that is the place), in their history ceramic stuff,
> I agree. Pottery bowls have been used as eating and drinking vessels
> since before the days of Christ. Although considering the rustic environs
> of the celebration feast as well as what has been found from digs of the
> time, I would go with wooden bowls. I'm thinking of getting a bunch of
> cheap individual salad bowls to serve drinks in.
> But by the looks of the dining bowls, being so much deeper and rounder
> as well as bits of decoration, I would hazard that the bowls that food was
> served in were clay or even metal.
>>I like the little covered bowl that the server is holding in the "frame"
>>William and his knights.
> A covered bowl isn't uncommon and rather smart to have to keep food
> warm or unbothered by insects. Although I'm thinking it may actually be
> a covered goblet to be presented to one of the nobles. Note how the
> server's lower hand appears to be grasping a stem. Covered wine goblets
> were a status symbol for upper nobility.
> That's why I'm going to try to find a nice big silver goblet for William 
> and
> certain high nobles to drink wine from and have lesser guests drinking 
> mead
> and ale from bowls.
>>   Have fun re-creating this feast. <smile>
> I'm having a good time so far....
>>   ~~ Katarina Helene
> Yers,
> Gunthar
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