The Staffordshire Millennium Embroideries

Created by Sylvia M Everitt MBE

Thirteenth Century Panel

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Staffordshire Millennium Embroideries 13th century panelSome of the monasteries which were shown to be consolidating their wealth in the twelfth century were now hugely powerful institutions. Although the lands with which they had started were usually poor, bleak and exposed, a hundred years of husbandry had turned them into rich pastures where sheep and cows thrived. So these monks-cum-merchants were now running lucrative sheep farms and exporting wool. There were small enterprises such as the Knights Templar at Keele with about 200 sheep but also, there were the heavy-weights such as the Benedictines at Burton with 6000 sheep plus a substantial cattle herd. The Cistercians at Croxden, founded in 1176 and so relatively new to the County, had over 7,200 sheep grazing on the north-east moorlands.
There is an interesting claim made by the folk of Croxden that is ......... 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 buy a signed copy of Sylvia M Everitt's Staffordshire Millennium Embroideries



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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