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May 17, 2007


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Ouch! You made me look at that post again and the first thing I saw was a spelling mistake. Heh. But thanks for the kind words. I wonder if the fact that there are only 26 surviving girdle books is telling us something? I mean, they do look good and I bet they would make a pretty fine weapon but I'm not so sure what a swinging 20 pound weight off a belt would actually feel like. {Not to mention *cough* crown jewel protective thoughts.} Nevertheless, I've come across a couple of 'how to' sites before and found this one in my bookmarks. Let me know how it goes. It will give an added dimension to the 'How's it hanging' greeting I guess. Heh.


Thanks for the link, peacay! I'll post pictures when I get around to this project (it's about number 6 on the list right now).

Hmm, I hadn't thought about the weight problem before. Wonder if it might have doubled as a weapon? Monks weren't allowed to draw blood (so swords were forbidden), but one infamous bishop rode into battle with a mace. Apparently head-bashing wasn't too bloody to be prohibited. As you point out, 20 pouds of book swung at the end of that tail might do some damage, especially with a sharp, spikey bit of iron binding on it, say, as a clasp. Beaten to death with The Word.

Alexandra Lynch

Oh, yes, girdle books.

Being a medieval reenactor, I have intended to make one for some time. Either that, or a wax tablet (the medieval post-it note).

If you're really interested in making one, there are instructions at http://www.virtue.to/articles/girdlebook.html

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