*On Anglo-Saxon bequests, see Anglo-Saxon Wills, ed. and trans. by Dorothy Whitelock (1930; paperback 2011).
** Dossal derives from medieval Latin dossale, which is a variant of dorsalis, meaning 'on the back'; hence the hanging is placed at the back of the altar. From the second half of the thirteenth century, the dossal is associated with the retable, an ornately painted wooden panel. For some beautiful examples, see The Frame Blog.
*** See Jane Tibbetts Schulenburg, 'Holy women and the needle arts: piety, devotion, and stitching the sacred, ca.500-1150', Negotiating Community and Difference in Medieval Europe: Gender, Power, Patronage and the Authority of Religion in Latin Christendom, ed. Katherine Allen Smith and Scott Wells (2009), pp. 83-110, at p. 98.