If reading sources begins to tire me and I can feel my concentration slipping, then a browse through sundry manuscript illustrations is often just the ticket. Some might call it procrastination, but I prefer to regard it as a research enhancer. I am eternally grateful to live in the digital age when so many institutions are making their collections available online. I have become the fortunate recipient of a wide world of material that I could never have imagined being available at the outset of my writing career.
For my next project, I am moving up to the thirteenth century from the twelfth and I have been jumping into a vibrant world of discovery.
|Purse attached to the braies. Life of St Edward. Trinity College, Cambridge. Mid 12thc|
I also collect pictures of hats, so the chap in the background is of interest too!
|Note the cord threaded through the braies and the purse attached to it. Romance of|
Alexander. Mid 12thc
|Once you get your eye in on|
chequered pillow cases, they
are all over the place!
Trinity Colleges's collection of manuscripts.
I often browse the British Library's collection too
And the Web Gallery of Art - among many others.