cræft-wyrc, n.n: workmanship. (“kraft-wurk”)

Today’s Wordhord Wednesday post is about the eall-isig star. Read it on Patreon.


Building the Tower of Babel, a good example of the medieval building process. Note the pulley system, driven by a man inside a wooden wheel that functions much like a treadmill. From the Morgan Picture Bible (a.k.a. the Crusader Bible, the Maciejowski Bible and the Shah ‘Abbas Bible). France (Paris), 1240s. New York, The Morgan Library and Museum, MS M.638. []


hyrst, f.n: an ornament, a decoration, jewel, anything of value, trapping, equipment, armour, implement. (“hurst”)


A gold and garnet cloisonné strip from the Staffordshire Hoard, the largest hoard of Anglo-Saxon gold and silver metalwork yet found, most likely deposited in the 8th or 9th century, containing mostly artefacts from the 7th to early 8th centuries. []


flæðe-camb, m.n: a weaver’s comb. (“fla-theh-kahmb”)


Women weaving, spinning and combing flax. Miniature from the illuminated manuscripts of the treatise by Giovanni Boccaccio “The famous women”. 15th century. Found on Paris, Biblioteque Nationale, MS. Fr. 598, f. 70v. Thanks to @mwnciod for identifying.

I’m not a weaver, but I’m guessing the flæðe-camb is what the lady in blue is holding in her right hand. Correct me if I’m wrong, and please share if you have a better illustration.