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Dorothy Davies
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posted 02-07-2005 05:23 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Dorothy Davies     Edit/Delete Message
all the 'standard' drawings of medieval times show ladies wearing the hennin, (although one picture I have of Richard III his lady wife is wearing the horned hennin,) but someone has told me that a learned professor on Radio 4 said no one here wore the true hennin, ie pointed hat with floating veils, but only in Burgundy where it was created. Anyone confirm tis?

posted 02-07-2005 12:20 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Levan   Click Here to Email Levan     Edit/Delete Message
I haven't yet found any historic information, however, as a writer I thought you might be interested in this site, "A Hennin for Morgana Lefey?" - it's a story written by members of a writing guild:

posted 02-07-2005 01:20 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Maria   Click Here to Email Maria     Edit/Delete Message
As far as I know, the henin is Asian imported. I can't find the book in which I read this right now, but it was written by Jungis Baltrusaitis, and it's called The Fantastic Middle Age.

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Dorothy Davies
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posted 02-08-2005 09:01 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Dorothy Davies     Edit/Delete Message
this one appears really tricky, but if indeed the true hennin was only used abroad and we had the more familiar horned versions, etc. it makes a mockery of what Hollywood have done to our medieval past and also makes a joke of someone saying they 'saw' a hennin at at window in Middleham Castle ... I'm getting a copy of Terry Jones' Medieval Lives any time soon (add it to the pile, you should SEE the books I have to read and still the book from the spirit author goes on!) but if there is anything in there on hennins, I will post it immediately, in case anyone else needs it.

posted 03-07-2005 12:13 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for MrsP   Click Here to Email MrsP     Edit/Delete Message
My students are just about ready to start making their costumes for their Middle Ages unit. How do we pronounce "hennin"? Is it French (hen neen') or is it more (hen' in) or (hen in')? Help!!!

Dorothy Davies
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posted 03-08-2005 05:33 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Dorothy Davies     Edit/Delete Message
do you know, because I don't speak to people about medieval things, only write them, I can't help with this one but ... having been told they originated in France, I would go with the French pronunciation unless someone has other ideas?

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