The Staffordshire Millennium Embroideries

Created by Sylvia M Everitt MBE
 
Eleventh Century Panel

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St Chad, the patron saint of Lichfield Cathedral, was Bishop of Mercia, the Midland Kingdom, in the seventh century when he built his original church at Stowe, a little way from Lichfield. Chad's building would have been constructed of wood and stone and Sylvia has depicted him here in the eleventh century, purely under poetic licence, to acknowledge the fact that a cathedral existed in Lichfield well before the imposing structure that is there now.

During the two and a half years that Chad was Bishop he brought together the two warring races of the area, the conquering Angles and the subjugated Britons, thus beginning the unity of the Church of England.

Chad died in 672 and as a shrine to him Bishop Hedds built a church at Lichfield onthe spot where the Cathedral now stands. Now read on.....

The above extract is from the book written by Dianne Mannering about the history of Staffordshire woven into Sylvia Everitt's embroideries. Click here to find out more about the book or to buy a signed copy

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Sylvia's review:

The Year 1000 - What Life was like at the turn of the First Millennium. By Robert Lacy and Danny Danziger
For anyone curious to know what was happening in England before the usual cut-off date of 1066 - this book is for you.
Based on the Julius Work Calendar which was written by a monk of Canterbury around 1020, it list the high days and holy days of the Roman Church. Each chapter is headed with a charming little vignette of the agricultural task to be done in that month. Drawn in the typically naive medieval style each time I look at them I feel inspired to translate them into embroidery.
The world of 1000AD is less complicated with religion and women had more equality with men than post-Norman conquest. It presents the Anglo-Saxons as down-to earth, pragmatic and hard-working, although, some of the old English law codes of "Enga-lond" would appear strange to modern eyes, for example, "if a man fondle the breasts of a free woman uninvited, he shall be fined five shillings". The rape of a free woman incurred the penalty of sixty shillings, payable direct to the victim. This was the time of "Wer-geld" when everything and everyone had their price!
And this book is priceless for giving an in depth insight into the world of our highly skilled but often under-rated and ignored Anglo-Saxon forebears.
   

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