Little Pilgrims

For various reasons we've got some miniature versions of ourselves in medieval pilgrim guise and from other centuries which I thought I would share.

Here's a little pilgrim Tom - a rag doll, or poppet, made for me by Sue, using offcuts of the cloth that my cote, hose and a bag are made from.

This was a gift from a good friend of ours, Colin Mann, who often joins us for medieval and Tudor events.  He's modified model soldier figures to depict a version of one of the folk tales I tell.

These are some Bartholomew Babies with clothes hand stitched by Sue.  These wooden dolls get the name from Bartholomew Fair, the summer festival that was held for centuries at Smithfields in London, where they were sold.  The clothing shows 14th, 16th and 17th century versions.

Finally, another present, this fantastic jig doll was carved and painted by the wonderfully talented Chris Harvey, and you'll see him dancing and helping to tell stories at some of our events.