non-verbal communication

White Tree Productions ioseph at
Thu Sep 7 16:41:54 PDT 1995

On Thu, 7 Sep 1995, Robin Hilp wrote:

> I'm looking for info on body language.  Is anything written about this 
> ... maybe someone somewhere studied paintings or stage directions or 
> interior decorating and drew some conclusions ... How close did people 
> stand to each other?  What did eye contact or lack thereof (or direction 
> of gaze) signify?  Are any specific gestures known?  What habitual postures 
> were associated with specific classes or trades?  Are there any known 
> rules for table manners or is it all hollywood guesswork based on daggars 
> and conanoid jaw muscles?
> The Charlemaigne years are my primary interest but I'll take whatever I 
> can get ... *grins*

There are definitely standardized gestures from the period(s).....I can;t 
recall them right offhand, but they apparently came from the silent 
orders of monks, and evolved into quite a courtly language....ask on 
Rialto, as I belive someone posted quite a little dissertation on it a 
while back.

And table manners.....there are several instructions for squires and the 
like that show those.

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