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Random musings on curiosities encountered in archives and beyond,
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The Longest Day

When I think of Midsummer, images of bonfires and solstice celebrations spring to mind, followed by the symbolic Mediæval custom of paying a red rose “in the time of roses” on Quarter Day, but today I am remembering a less uplifting event, following on from cannon-fire and the red of blood – the Surrender of the… Read more »

Inky Fingers, part 2

Inky Fingers, part 2 – read part 1 here Middle English Dictionaries confirm that context should provide the key to filling in the measure, which in this case must logically be a weight. Shifting to a microfilm reader in the Map and Large Document Reading Room at The National Archives, I transcribed a second recipe,… Read more »

Inky Fingers, part 1

29 May being Oak Apple Day – the anniversary of the Restoration of King Charles II, honouring the ‘Royal Oak’ at Boscobel House which shielded him from Cromwell’s men after the Battle of Worcester – it feels appropriate to spare a thought for the humble oak apple, which plays such a large part in my… Read more »