The Staffordshire Millennium Embroideries

Created by Sylvia M Everitt MBE
 

Twelfth Century Panel

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Staffordshire Millennium Embroideries 12th century panel

Another of these fortune seeking Normans who grew rich on the spoils of the Conquest was Henry Ferrers. He was granted over two hundred manors, mostly in Derbyshire and Staffordshire and he built his castle at Tutbury. These eleventh century feudal castles were not built of stone but were after the French style of a defensive fort with a motte (earth mound) and bailey (courtyard) surrounded by a stockade made from split tree trunks. They were the chief seat of the owner from where he administered over his whole domain.

The dynasty that Henry Ferrers founded prospered and his son Robert was created Earl of Derby in 1138. However, the third Earl, William, joined a rebelliom against King Henry II and Tutbury Castle was besieged in 1174 and destroyed. Fortunately for the Ferrers dynasty though, the 6th Earl (another William) married the sister of his companion-in-arms Ranulph, Earl of Chester and when Ranulph died childless, William inherited, through his wife, Chartley Castle. 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

From Sylvia's library
  Sylvia's review:
The Staffordshire Hoard by Kevin Leahy and Roger Bland
This delightful little book attempts to date The Hoard and theorises on the how and why it came to be found in a field in Burntwood Staffordshire.
The book is well illustrated in full colour with photos of various pieces of the hoard, some still have the mud of centuries clinging to them.
The skill and craftsmanship of the Anglo-Saxon goldsmiths cannot be doubted(and they call this period the Dark Ages?) and the similarities between the Hoard and the treasure of King Raedwald unearthed at Sutton Hoo in 1939 are striking.
The story of Terry Herbert's exciting find, using a metal detector, is told in the first chapter, the second gives a short outline of the life and times of Anglo-Saxon England plus some thoughts on the how and why of the Hoard.
For those of us who have been fortunate enough to have seen the Hoard this book is a treasured memento and for those of us who have not a spur to make the effort to see it.
One pound of the purchase price is donated to a fund for the conservation of the delicate jewels.
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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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