minstrel: Psaltery plectrum

Pat Yarrow yarrowp at mscd.edu
Tue Jun 27 11:29:16 PDT 2006

http://www.sankey.ws/history.html has an illustration from 1340 showing the
hognose psaltery being played with a pair of quills.  Yes, plectra would be
the plural of plectrum.

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Subject: Re: minstrel: Psaltery plectrum

I think the plural is plectra but I'm not sure.

I do know that early harpsichords used quills for the plucking of the 
strings, so maybe there is a lead there.  There is documentation from 
the 1300s on the construction.

Good luck!

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