Thursday, 11 April 2013
I found this image on the Sharon Kay Penman Fan Club Facebook page (I'm a great fan of her books, particularly the Welsh trilogy and the Queen's Man mysteries - and anything else with Eleanor of Aquitaine, for that matter).
It's from the Smithfield Decretals, held in the British Library, a work of canon law with lots of pretty pictures like this - and the person who posted it on Facebook found it on a blog called Interesting Pretties.
Every lady should be able to defend her own castle.
I have a hand-and-a-half sword myself, and though I'm not very good at using it (lacking anyone to practice with locally) I still get to go out on the battlefield at re-enactment shows.