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

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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. []