This is what a working class home would have looked like in the century I write about in The Peddler of Wisdom. This location has the kind of hats I mention in my book as well as the gentleman’s sword, displayed on the man facing to the left over the board game. Collars were probably frillier in France than in this image (which I think is Dutch), and the shoes varied, but it’s pretty close. What also was increasing were the use of firearms. Remember The Three Musketeers? Their adventure takes place during this period, and though they fight with swords, they’re called “Musketeers.” Funny, huh? Almost everyone else who fought for hire used a flint lock firearm. And if they were old fashioned or very elegant they used a crossbow — still much more accurate than early muskets.
April 1, 2013