Medieval rosaries

SCA member Christian de Holacombe (Chris Laning), a medieval scholar from Davis, California, has created a blog entitle Paternoster Row to share some of her research on rosaries and prayer beads.

From the website:

From at least as early as A.D. 1000, rosaries, paternosters or similar strings of prayer beads have been a common accessory carried by men and women, old and young.

Indeed, the small round objects we know in English as “beads” were named from this practice; the root of the English word bead is the same as for the word bid, and originally meant “to pray or request.”