Monday, January 12, 2015

Treasure Hunt


Medieval Angelican law decreed that a mother must bequeath land, slaves, and money to her sons -- the only things she could pull a King Lear on with her daughters were rings, bracelets, and necklaces. So one of the unsung heroes of the Middle Ages was the jeweler.

Charlize Theron in Snow White and the Huntsman (2012)
A badgers tooth ring guaranteed to bring wealth.

A toadstone ring with the ability to change color in the presence of poison in food or drink wasn't a bad thing to have around if you had a large inheritance and didn't trust your relatives.

A cameo embossed with your portrait was suitable for sealing letters.

A wolf's tooth on a chain acted as a charm against assault.

Courtesy of Let There Be Clothes by Lynn Schnurnberger

2 comments:

  1. I enjoyed this post. Thanks for sharing!

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  2. You're welcome, Sarah. I'm glad you liked it. =)

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