[SCA-Dance] A hint on reconstructing 14th century dance?

Barbara Webb bwebb at inf.ed.ac.uk
Fri Jan 6 10:40:14 EST 2012

I just came across this fascinating snippet from the "Yconomica" of Konrad 
of Megenberg, written about 1350 (translated in C.Page "German 
musicians and their Instruments" Early Music, 1982, April, p192-200):

"Fiddles inspire joy in minds, and they are therefore more appropriate to 
the dances of women . . . Indeed, in modern times the shawms and loud 
trumpets generally banish the sober fiddles from the feasts, and the young 
girls dance eagerly to the loud noise, like hinds, shaking their buttocks 
womanishly and rudely."


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