The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #75102   Message #1323163
Posted By: Nerd
11-Nov-04 - 01:39 AM
Thread Name: Wee pen knife
Subject: RE: Wee pen knife
Yes, Julia, the era is important, as many ballads would be post Middle Ages. I guess what I meant to say was that there was never a time when carrying the tools of a writer would mark you as specifically an aristocrat; writing was never a skill confined to the aristocracy or even to the rich. At first it was confined to the religious and to certain specialists, and from there it moved both up and down the social ladder.