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You're quite right, julieann252: they are beating flax to break down the stem fibres, while a woman to the right in the background is using a swingle to scutch the flax. Thank you for pointing this out - we've corrected the catalogue entry too. (There's also a man in the background using a flail to separate grains of wheat from the husks).
Dear Leofranc, Thank-you very much for the correction and apologies for the slip, which I've now corrected! Best wishes, James
Dear Wieland, Thanks very much :) Our colleagues in the Historical Papers (Add MS 34274) and Asian and African Studies (Or 3579) would be able to advise of any digitisation plans for these items. Best wishes, James
Dear Hugh, Apologies - this has now been corrected! Glad you enjoy the blog. James
Hi Liz, The titles advised the reader when was a good or bad time to do something, and read as follows: 'bonus, melior, optimus' and 'malus, peior, pessimus' - simply 'good, better, best' and 'bad, worse, worst' James
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