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martin goddard

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The nobility
« on: December 07, 2018, 01:02:37 PM »
A comment by clergy upon medieval nobles. Have things gotten better, worse or stayed the same?


A debauched associate called Robert was the first in Rufus' court to introduce the practice of filling the long points of shoes with tow to turn them up like a ram's horn....  They parted their hair from the crown of the head on each side of their forehead and let their locks grow long like women and they wore long shirts and tunics closely tied.  Further they wasted their time spending it according to their own fancy without regard to the law of God or the customs of their fathers.  Night was devoted to banqueting and drunkenness, to silly talk, dice, tables and other games.  Thus the simple habits of our fathers were abandoned in almost all the west of Europe.  They had used a modest dress, well fitted to the proportions of their bodies, which was convenient for riding and walking, and for all active employments as common sense dictated.  But in our days ancient customs were almost all turned over for new fashions.  Our wanton youths are sunk in effeminacy, and the courtiers study to make themselves agreeable to the women by every sort of lasciviousness.  They insert their toes and other extremities of their bodies in things like serpent's tails which look like scorpions.  Sweeping the dusty ground with their prodigious trains of robes and mantles; they cover their hands with gloves too long and wide for doing anything useful and encumbered with these superfluities, lose the free use of their limbs for active employment.  The forehead is bare after the manner of thieves, while on the back they nurture long hair like harlots.  Before penitents, captives and pilgrims usually went unshaven and wore long beards as an outward mark of their penance or captivity or pilgrimage.  Now almost all wear crisped hair and beards, carrying on their faces the tokens of their filthy lust like stinking goats.  Their locks are curled with hot irons and, instead of wearing caps they bind their heads with fillets.  A knight seldom appears in public with his head uncovered, and properly shaved according to the apostolic precept.  Their exterior appearance and dress thus exhibit what are their inward thoughts, and how little reverence they have for God.

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Re: The nobility
« Reply #1 on: December 08, 2018, 11:08:15 PM »
I like he bit about go their night time activity. Sounds like the average night in the Clark household.

Found out today that the word villain originated in medieval times and was synonymous with peasant or farm hand and was how the nobility referred to the workers. Which means I guess most of us are villains and proud of it.

Not sure if this will catch on at work though!


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Re: The nobility
« Reply #2 on: December 09, 2018, 02:39:26 PM »
Here's a great site with lots on the nobility in the history of the wargames world.
Lots of nostalgia as well.

http://vintagewargaming.blogspot.com/search/label/15mm