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by Aelfric
Sat Jun 22, 2013 8:19 pm
Forum: 410-1100
Topic: Groups near Manchester.
Replies: 4
Views: 2105

Re: Groups near Manchester.

www.cestrescire.org.uk based in Stockport but members in Manchester as well.
by Aelfric
Fri Apr 17, 2009 5:28 pm
Forum: 410-1100
Topic: Something I've been thinking about....
Replies: 34
Views: 5178

The direct quote is ‘there was not enough gold in the Sutton Hoo burial to have paid the wergeld of one West Saxon or Kentish ceorl’ is from Campbells ‘The Anglo Saxon State’ and is put in as part of a quite well argued case based on relative values which I lack the time to type out in its entirety,...
by Aelfric
Thu Apr 16, 2009 4:59 pm
Forum: 410-1100
Topic: Something I've been thinking about....
Replies: 34
Views: 5178

Death was also a economic transaction. 'Death price' being a legitimate recompense for killing someone. Now, imagine someone walking towards you, covered in silver jewellery and other finery (think Sutton Hoo belt buckle). That is a lot of wealth right there. How much are you worth? Now, granted it...
by Aelfric
Thu Jan 29, 2009 10:43 pm
Forum: 410-1100
Topic: Something I've been thinking about....
Replies: 34
Views: 5178

I think if going on a raid, some "could" have stuck horns on to terrify their victims, for psychological effect etc.,. Or more likely they'd just have thought "who's the tw*t with the horns stuck to his helmet?" To a soft target like a monastery a couple of shiploads of heavily ...
by Aelfric
Sat Dec 13, 2008 6:55 pm
Forum: 410-1100
Topic: Viking Spear tactics
Replies: 4
Views: 1457

Off the top of my head the poem The Battle of Maldon has mentions of thrown spears.
by Aelfric
Sat Nov 08, 2008 2:02 pm
Forum: 410-1100
Topic: Looking for references to spearfighting
Replies: 15
Views: 2498

As the Monkey says plenty of illustrations of warriors carrying multiple spears in their shield hand. Great weapon in a line fight and (with practice) also very good in single combat. Main advantage is that a spear allows you to attack from a shield wall without overly exposing your arm to a counter...
by Aelfric
Fri Jul 04, 2008 4:45 pm
Forum: 410-1100
Topic: Hello Folks.
Replies: 7
Views: 1229

I met a load of Regia chaps in Shrewsbury but to be honest they concentrated too much on conquest era and we would like to be a bit earlier than that. Nice bunch of people though, very friendly. The Shrewsbury group are indeed focused on the conquest era, the Swansea and Cardiff based groups are ea...
by Aelfric
Tue May 27, 2008 8:21 pm
Forum: Pictures
Topic: Celebration of Celts 2008
Replies: 60
Views: 3544

Gobae wrote:Yes, that's correct. Since AD stands for "Anno Domini" or "the year of our Lord" and since not everyone believes he is Lord that causes them angst.


If it offends then just don't use a Christian calendar rather than bastardising it
by Aelfric
Thu May 22, 2008 5:36 pm
Forum: Pictures
Topic: Clithero 2008
Replies: 25
Views: 2647

Thing is though very few medieval skeletons that exhibit weapon wounds have any to the torso (indeed if I remember correctly not a single one of the skeletons recovered from the Wisby mass grave had any wounds to the torso. Much more common are attacks to the head (obviously out for safety reasons),...
by Aelfric
Thu May 22, 2008 8:02 am
Forum: Pictures
Topic: Clithero 2008
Replies: 25
Views: 2647

No offence intended (pictures are indeed a great improvment) but you don't take arm shots, you don't take leg shots or shoulder shots and the stomach should be avoided that doesn't leave an great deal left to hit.
by Aelfric
Wed May 21, 2008 8:57 pm
Forum: Pictures
Topic: Clithero 2008
Replies: 25
Views: 2647

Alan_F wrote:Are you allowing people to fight without helmets on?


Not uncomon in Early Medieval groups.
by Aelfric
Sat Apr 05, 2008 7:51 am
Forum: General History
Topic: Depictions of unusual shields and bucklers
Replies: 15
Views: 2388

Paulus Kal shows 'faces' as bucklers!
by Aelfric
Sat Mar 08, 2008 9:37 pm
Forum: 410-1100
Topic: Viking Arms And Armour
Replies: 12
Views: 2233

A hide was a measure of a piece of lands ecconomic value rather than its area, around 120 acres as a rough average though some could be much smaller and some could be rather bigger.
by Aelfric
Sat Mar 08, 2008 7:47 pm
Forum: 410-1100
Topic: Viking Arms And Armour
Replies: 12
Views: 2233

Not 'Viking' but the comtemporay West Saxon laws of Alfred required a thegn to come to war with a spear, shield, sword, helmet and mail shirt.
by Aelfric
Thu Feb 28, 2008 10:34 pm
Forum: 410-1100
Topic: Dark Age groups near Bath?
Replies: 10
Views: 1335

There's Wessex the Regia local group based in Bristol
by Aelfric
Wed Feb 06, 2008 9:10 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Cotton in period
Replies: 213
Views: 12917

GuyofBurgundy wrote:as Lamellar is used by a LOT of groups


Can't think of one operating in or around this period myself to be honest, certainly none of the bigger ones.
by Aelfric
Wed Feb 06, 2008 4:21 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Cotton in period
Replies: 213
Views: 12917

Medicus Matt wrote:
Aelfric wrote:cum alter ego


Ewwww...


It is indeed truly vile
by Aelfric
Wed Feb 06, 2008 4:16 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Cotton in period
Replies: 213
Views: 12917

Medicus Matt wrote:
Aelfric wrote:
It's mine, keep you thieving mitts off :wink: :twisted:


You died at Hastings. :D


Yeeeees technicaly perhaps, but my 12th century descendant cum alter ego Richard de Bramale will happily take on all jonny come lately challengers :twisted:
by Aelfric
Wed Feb 06, 2008 4:04 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Cotton in period
Replies: 213
Views: 12917

GuyofBurgundy wrote:the Earldom of Chester was regularly empty; hence my siezing on it, rather than any other


It's mine, keep you thieving mitts off :wink: :twisted:
by Aelfric
Sat Feb 02, 2008 2:57 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Am I missing something?
Replies: 30
Views: 2020

The group I started with practice headshots with swords when wearing helmets, but didn't practice thrusts. The MSS which I'm now a member of practices thrusts but no headshots. I've ended up practicing both, so that I can defend against whatever my opponent decides to do. It really depends on the g...
by Aelfric
Tue Jan 29, 2008 1:55 pm
Forum: 410-1100
Topic: Shield wall training methods.
Replies: 33
Views: 4510

To a point I do agree with you, I use a single handed spear myself when I fight in a line but even then safety (quite rightly) places huge limitations on it’s accurate use and in a close order line the potential for accidents goes up again! In Regia use of the single hand spear has gone up a lot in ...
by Aelfric
Mon Jan 28, 2008 5:04 pm
Forum: 410-1100
Topic: Shield wall training methods.
Replies: 33
Views: 4510

Thanks! :) that helps a lot, was curious about headshots as I experienced in past walls shots leveled at crown of helm, and one or two spears thrust uncomfortably high. But without headshots in wall how do you determine hits/casualties in wall combat? Best way is (as mentioned above) to break or ou...
by Aelfric
Mon Jan 28, 2008 4:52 pm
Forum: 410-1100
Topic: Shield wall training methods.
Replies: 33
Views: 4510

In Regia - A) We usually (though not always) fight in looser order than a solid 'shield wall' but still a mutually supporting line B) Yes with lines as above C) No D) No - you can use whatever weapons you're qualified to use but spears predominate E) No, never F) No G) Sometimes H) Usually between t...
by Aelfric
Wed Jan 23, 2008 7:00 pm
Forum: 410-1100
Topic: Something Viking types might appreciate
Replies: 26
Views: 2425

Yep number one is good and number two works well with a slight adjustment, not sure about number three though, looks to vulnerable for my liking.
by Aelfric
Wed Dec 05, 2007 7:08 pm
Forum: 410-1100
Topic: Something Viking types might appreciate
Replies: 26
Views: 2425

I've been useing this guard in single combat (as pointed out it's certainly not a battlefield stance) for a few years now and it certainly does not leave you at all exposed. It is a very, very effective guard that gives attacking options that you simply don't get with the standard shield flat across...
by Aelfric
Thu Nov 08, 2007 5:57 pm
Forum: Pictures
Topic: PKOSD training weekend.
Replies: 4
Views: 591

Where is that? It looks familiar.
by Aelfric
Sat Nov 03, 2007 8:11 pm
Forum: 410-1100
Topic: Locations of Villages
Replies: 9
Views: 1194

and Wychurst of course
by Aelfric
Mon Jul 09, 2007 11:03 am
Forum: General History
Topic: After Stamford Bridge...what would you have done?
Replies: 19
Views: 1766

Harold had to lead the army - as well as the duty of lordship there is the fact that one of the reasons Harold got the crown in preference to Edgar is that Harold was a proven warrior when that is what the kingdom needed, how could he now hide behind his brother? Harold’s actions at Hastings were se...
by Aelfric
Mon Jun 11, 2007 7:08 pm
Forum: 410-1100
Topic: British history 800 -1100AD -books?
Replies: 10
Views: 1279

The Anglo-Saxons by James Campbell is a good and readable general history covering from the end of Roman rule through to 1066, Stentons Anglo-Saxon England while heavy going and showing its age is nonetheles still worth having and covers pretty much the same time frame. Perhaps more specific to you...
by Aelfric
Wed May 09, 2007 5:37 pm
Forum: Pictures
Topic: Rockingham
Replies: 30
Views: 2616

Good one of my back :cry: -

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