hwītel

hwītel, m.n: a blanket, whittle, cloak, mantle. (“HWEE-tell”) #blanketgate #Kzoo2017 Stay warm, medievalists!

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The Yale Lancelot of the Lake. France, 14th century. Bibliothèque nationale de France, Département des manuscrits, Français 119, f. 398v. [gallica.bnf.fr]

orþanc-bend

orþanc-bend, m.n: a skilfully contrived band, a cunning bond. (“or-thank-bend”)

ring

Anglo-Saxon gold finger ring (800-900), from the Victoria and Albert Museum: “In contrast to the garnet-set jewellery of the earlier Anglo-Saxon period, finger rings of the ninth century are rarely adorned with precious stones. The skills of the goldsmith are seen in this example, where the different techniques of filigree and granulation are combined to produce an elaborately decorated ring.”