A gallery of images to help fuel your imagination for what Alfred’s world was like

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What had Gwendolyn just revealed to Alfred when he cut the rose and tucked it into her hair?  (Hint:  The answer is in Second Son.)


In the 14th century, the poorest people often had no clothing other than what they were wearing. If one had enough means to own 2 or 3 garments, the ones not in use would be hung on pegs. Rich merchants and the nobility, however, had sumptuous wardrobes, but closets as we understand them today didn’t exist. Clothing was stored in chests, often elaborately carved like this example.








The leaves of the plant called lamb’s ear were also luxuriously soft for those sensitive personal needs.