Res Miranda demonstrated a broad
range of activities and skills
|relating to the accomplishments expected of the nobility.
Few of the common people could read or write and hand copied and illuminated
books were the preserve of the wealthy nobility and of religious institutions,
the larger of which had libraries - and also monks who specialised in copying
|Many people played music but only a gentlwoman would possess
an instrument such as a lute. The strings were made of cat gut and are arranged
in pairs. It was usual to tune the highest string to its limits and much
time was spent in making the tuning of the pairs of strings accord using
the simple wooden tuning pegs. Such was the value of the strings that a
set of "minnikins", the highest strings, was a gift that Elizabeth
I would not disdain.
|Everybody danced: the peasants had their bransles (pronounced
"brawls") which were ususally danced in circles, the nobility
had a variety of more formal and elaborate dances.
|All men would be expected to have skill at arms: the peasantry
were enouraged to engage in archery and used a variety of weapons such as
maces, pikes and axes; others studied swordsmanship which demanded a thorough
training. To learn more about the daily activities of the medieval and Tudor
periods which REs Miranda engaged in, follow the links at the left.