How to make a medieval pen

How to make a medieval pen

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How to make a medieval pen from English Heritage on Vimeo.

Jennifer Smith of Ferrers Household explains: “How people wrote in the fifteenth century isn’t really a lot different to how people write today. You need to basic tools of the trade – piece of paper to write on, something to write with, and some ink. The paper is easy enough – it’s linen rag paper. Once you’ve worn your shirt and younger brothers has worn your shirt and it’s done duties a clean rag it’ll get sold on to the rag man will take to the paper mill and eventually it will come back as paper…”

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