|Accessories for Leisure Time in a Tudor Parlour|
So in my Tudor dolls house I put an illustrated manuscript book on the settle with its blackwork embroidery cover, a mandolin to serenade the lady of the house, and a draughts board. The book is one of Barbara Brear's. You can read my interview with her if you look under 'Guest Interviews' in this blog's menu.
Books were treasured possessions in Tudor times. They were kept in drawstring bags to protect them and when being read, placed on cushions so the covers would not get scratched or marked.
Sometimes they had embroidered and embellished covers with velvet or canvas bindings.
Many of the books have survived so we are lucky to be able to read what they were reading six centuries ago. Some examples are:
- 'The Good Huswife's Handmaid for Cookerie in her Kitchen', a recipe book from 1588.
- Story books that featured sprites, fairies and nymphs, and romantic tales of chivalry.
- Embroidery pattern books published in Germany were available from 1550 onwards.
- Herbals and bestiaries illustrated with woodcut prints.
- 'How to' books for farming, gardening, and fishing.
So there is a lot of scope for you to make your own books for a miniature Tudor setting. What will you choose?