ofer-brǣdels, m.n: a covering, veil, garment. (“OH-vair-BRÆD-ells”)

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Taymouth Hours. England, S.E.? (London?), 2nd quarter of the 14th century. British Library, MS Yates Thompson 13,  f. 73. [bl.uk]


hwītel, m.n: a blanket, whittle, cloak, mantle. (HWEE-tell / ˈhwiː-tɛl)

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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]


hrægel, n.n:  garment, dress, robe, clothing. (“hra-yell”)


Philosophy Presenting the Seven Liberal Arts to Boethius (detail), miniature in a French manuscript of The Consolation of Philosophy attributed to the Coëtivy Master, about 1460–70. J. Paul Getty Museum. [blogs.getty.edu]


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


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.”