Thursday, May 07, 2015

Thursday extracts. A vivid picture from Kate Mosse.

The sun climbed ever higher in the sky. The churchmen suffered the most in their black worsted habits. Rivulets of sweat were dripping down the Bishop's forehead and Jehan Congost's spongy face had turned an unpleasant blotchy red, the colour of foxgloves.

Kate Mosse
Orion Press


snafu said...

Nice word picture. I have some old newspapers from the 19th century and it always shows men in suits and ties, with a waistcoat and a hat, even in the hottest months when there are articles in the press complaining about the heat. People must have suffered a lot because of their dress code and it did not really improve much in the UK until the 1960s.

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Hi Anne - I'm so pleased I'm born into this generation and can dress up or dress down as the heat dictates!

Love her description though ... and yes I watch tv shows and think - how did they do it, when the cloth wouldn't have been as comfortable back then.

Love the foxglove - they are stunning flowers ... cheers Hilary