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Re: new debate

> And Charles MacKinnon, in _Scottish Highlanders_, pub. 1984;
> "The coat of arms of Skene of Skene is of special interest to 
> Highlanders, because in the original matriculation of arms in 1672 the 
> right-hand 'supporter' of the sheild is a Highlander wearing a kilt 
> without a plaid-- i.e. the little kilt of today, as opposed to teh great 
> belted plaid which was its forerunner.  This makes nonsense of the claims 
> that the little kilt was the invention of an Englishman more than fifty 
> years later, since teh Lyon painter could not very well have depicted 
> something that did not exist."

A quick look at musical instruments depicted in paintings in the
middle ages will reveal many instruments which never existed, because
they're downright unplayable or non-sensical. If you learn one thing
about the middle ages from the SCA, it should be that people back then
made mistakes which are preserved for posterity, and so you can't
believe everything you read, even if it's a primary source.

Gregory Blount
(who, when asked "Why are most rebecs shown in paintings being played
with a straight arm?" will answer "because painters are not
necessarily musicians..." an artistic standard doesn't mean that's a
realistic or common technique.)
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