The Staffordshire Millennium Embroideries

Created by Sylvia M Everitt MBE

Eleventh Century Panel

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The central cameo of the panel depicts William the Conqueror's harrying of Staffordshire. Robust of spirit and contentedly insular in our land-locked domain, we rebelled against the new rule in 1069 and again the following year. The second time that William was obliged to bring his troops down upon us he made sure that there would be no need for a third visit. The villags and hamlets were torched and the inhabitants murdered. The destruction was so systematic, widespread and ruthless that the survivors died of famine as the crops and livestock had been destroyed and the farm implements and provisions collected into heaps and set alight.

To make sure that there was no more trouble William instructed a castle to be built in Stafford but it seems that this wasn't necessary because twenty years later when the Doomsday register was compiled, the castle - which would have been a wooden structure was a ruin and the scribe's entry for the county stated that it was poor, desolate and of no account. 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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