[SCA-Dance] Early Tudor Dance
bwebb at inf.ed.ac.uk
Mon Apr 28 05:02:13 EDT 2008
> Fascinating! Have you managed to find a copy
Not so far.
>> The howe of the howse [margin: or the old measure]
>> Fyrst half turn and undo yt agayn, flower, iij
>> forth, the fyrst man and
>> second folowe, flower and roll into other placys,
>> hole turn, flower, and
>> then roll into other placys."
> "Flower"? Again, FASCINATING! I have been mulling
> over and over one whether the "fleurdelice" is in fact
> like a fleuret or movimento. This interesting
> reference to a "flower" creates yet another good link
> to the fleuret idea.
Actually, to me, this reference suggests more the alternative
intepretation of 'fleurdelice' as a floor pattern, given that the rest of
this dance description seems to be all in terms of directions of
movements, and not steps. I wouldn't want to make a strong argument either
Actually, I find it makes me think a bit of a Playford longways'
progression (arrgh! a period source for 'Hole in Wall'?) which would go
rather against the previous assumptions that this is a mid-to-late 17th
century development. But again there is not much to go on.
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