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The medieval girdle book: a format for instant access

Make a Girdle Book. In this workshop students will create a medieval style leather “girdle book”. These books were worn by monks, nobles and women in medieval times. The long tapered tail at the end of the book was slipped through the belt or girdle, and the knot/knob at the end stopped the book from coming off. The book hangs upside down, for easy reading while still on one’s belt or girdle.

Make a Girdle Book. In this workshop students will create a medieval style…

enameled girdle book cover. A cover like this would have contained a small book of psalms or prayers.

An enameled girdle-book cover that would have contained a small book of psalms or prayers. It would have hung from the girdle of an Elizabethan English Hugh hyynoblewoman.

Girdle book: Back flap Photo: István Borbás/National Library of Sweden Here you can see the blind-tooled cover of the book, through the flap cut into the girdle book cover.

Girdle book: Back flap Photo: István Borbás/National Library of Sweden Here you can see the blind-tooled cover of the book, through the flap cut into the girdle book book covering cover

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Beutelbuch or girdle book dates to 1471 and belonged to one Hieronymus Kress from Nürnberg

Model of a medieval girdle book.  Only 20 or so girdle books are known to survive today.

Model of a medieval girdle book. Only 20 or so girdle books are known to survive today.

Medieval Books, Girdles, Family Album, Bookbinding, Leather, Book Binding, Bodysuit

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A Girdle Book  Girdle books were popular during the 1400s to 1600s, and were typically religious or devotional works on parchment or paper, bound in leather or an ornate enameled metal case.

Holbein girdle book, c. Leather girdle book (right). Girdle books were popular during the to and were typically religious or devotional works on parchment or paper, bound in leather or an ornate enameled metal case.

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Absolutely gorgeous: the Regency dance card helped ladies remember who they would dance with next!

Mother of pearl dance Cards of the Century The dance card was a courtly tradition in which women had preassigned dance partners for each dance at the event. The tradition was convenient and inclusive.

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