Search found 76 matches

by Ellen Gethin
Tue Sep 05, 2017 11:31 am
Forum: Friends and Gossip
Topic: Looking for The White Company
Replies: 8
Views: 751

Re: Looking for The White Company

Thank you! That's really helpful!
by Ellen Gethin
Sat Sep 02, 2017 9:41 am
Forum: Friends and Gossip
Topic: Looking for The White Company
Replies: 8
Views: 751

Re: Looking for The White Company

Thanks, Neil! Do you remember any fair haired kids? There are a boy and a girl in the pictures my friend Huw took, maybe brother and sister?
by Ellen Gethin
Thu Aug 31, 2017 9:39 am
Forum: Friends and Gossip
Topic: Looking for The White Company
Replies: 8
Views: 751

Re: Looking for The White Company

Thanks for the idea! I'm also asking around other re-enactment friends.
by Ellen Gethin
Tue Aug 29, 2017 9:08 am
Forum: Friends and Gossip
Topic: Looking for The White Company
Replies: 8
Views: 751

Looking for The White Company

A friend of mine was looking through his photo archive, and found some pictures he'd taken at Tretower Court, near Crickhowell, Powys, in 1988. They were of a medieval re-enactment group called The White Company, and he thought it might be nice if he could track them down and give them the pictures....
by Ellen Gethin
Sat Apr 05, 2014 1:10 pm
Forum: Music and Instruments
Topic: Anglo Saxon Lyre
Replies: 2
Views: 1716

Re: Anglo Saxon Lyre

That's fascinating - thank you!
by Ellen Gethin
Fri Apr 04, 2014 5:43 pm
Forum: Music and Instruments
Topic: Anglo Saxon Lyre
Replies: 2
Views: 1716

Anglo Saxon Lyre

A friend has just mended the pegs on my Anglo Saxon lyre and sent it back to me. Which is wonderful - except that it was broken so long ago that I have forgotten how to play it, and I need a tuning key (original is missing in action). Now, when I got it, the received wisdom seemed to be that it was ...
by Ellen Gethin
Tue May 29, 2012 7:38 pm
Forum: Creative Works
Topic: Tattoos
Replies: 2
Views: 2452

Re: Tattoos

Have you seen the archer from the Luttrell Psalter?
by Ellen Gethin
Tue May 29, 2012 7:37 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Monks Robe's
Replies: 11
Views: 4063

Re: Monks Robe's

A lot of monks (and nuns) still wear the habit today. I once thought about joining an Anglican order, and one of the things you had to do as an aspirant was to make your own novice's habit.
by Ellen Gethin
Thu Jan 12, 2012 7:38 pm
Forum: Book, Film, TV & Music Reviews
Topic: The Medieval Archer by Jim Bradbury
Replies: 1
Views: 963

The Medieval Archer by Jim Bradbury

This was first published in 1985, and it's been reprinted six times since (at least - it was six up to the copy I got hold of). I found it very informative, especially about battles of the Wars of the Roses. There are also chapters on Archers at Hastings, Robin Hood and Agincourt. One disappointment...
by Ellen Gethin
Tue Aug 30, 2011 7:38 pm
Forum: Book, Film, TV & Music Reviews
Topic: Eagle.
Replies: 6
Views: 1827

Re: Eagle.

I must be the last Rosemary Sutcliff fan in the country to watch The Eagle, partly because I was nervous about what it would do to a much loved book. Last night I finally got round to it - and found that the story had been pared right down to the bone. The whole emphasis is on the relationship betwe...
by Ellen Gethin
Sun Jun 19, 2011 6:38 pm
Forum: Book, Film, TV & Music Reviews
Topic: The Moonraker
Replies: 0
Views: 781

The Moonraker

In my defence, I first saw this at a very impressionable age, and the memory that I'd enjoyed it stuck in my brain. Forty years on, I finally got the chance to see it again. To start with, I had forgotten that it was a Cavalier/Roundhead story, and thought it was about smugglers. I also wasn't prepa...
by Ellen Gethin
Sun Jan 09, 2011 8:23 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: Warrior battle quotes/War prayers.
Replies: 17
Views: 7241

Re: Warrior battle quotes/War prayers.

I first came across the Ibn Fadln funeral scene while reading June and Schoolfriend comic in the early 1970s. In this case, though, the young girl (who of course was the heroine of the story, so wasn't going to get killed in the first installment - or raped, since this was for young girls) was hoist...
by Ellen Gethin
Sun Jan 09, 2011 8:16 pm
Forum: Book, Film, TV & Music Reviews
Topic: Olivier's Henry V
Replies: 2
Views: 1005

Re: Olivier's Henry V

A good excuse to watch the film again - to look at men's legs while they're riding! I believe the extras in the battle scenes were members of the Irish army, as it was made during the Second World War in Ireland, and the Irish were, of course, officially neutral. And, lovely though the backgrounds w...
by Ellen Gethin
Fri Dec 31, 2010 6:00 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: History Blogs?
Replies: 19
Views: 4760

Re: History Blogs?

I've just come across another one - Period Wardrobe. The writer was involved with the Luttrell Psalter Film, but has also done costumes for Queen Catherine Howard and the Girl with the Pearl Ear-ring, among others.
by Ellen Gethin
Sat Dec 04, 2010 4:19 pm
Forum: Book, Film, TV & Music Reviews
Topic: Douglas Fairbanks Robin Hood
Replies: 0
Views: 634

Douglas Fairbanks Robin Hood

Forget Russell Crowe! This was the original, if not the best - my personal favourite is the Errol Flynn version. And the Errol Flynn version certainly borrowed heavily from the Fairbanks version, especially the set for the hall of Nottingham Castle, with that staircase going round the outside of som...
by Ellen Gethin
Sun Nov 21, 2010 8:18 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: History Blogs?
Replies: 19
Views: 4760

Re: History Blogs?

I've recently discovered Good King Hal (Tudor, of course), and there's one called Haandkraft which shows examples of craft work from Scandinavia, though they post infrequently.
Not a re-enactor, but Got Medieval is always funny and fascinating.
by Ellen Gethin
Sun Sep 05, 2010 6:54 pm
Forum: Book, Film, TV & Music Reviews
Topic: The Dragon Waiting by John M. Ford
Replies: 1
Views: 578

Re: The Dragon Waiting by John M. Ford

I read this many years ago (and enjoyed it), and I was led to it because John M Ford had also written several Star Trek novels - there was a very good one about Klingon culture and another very funny one with a lot of movie references called How Much For Just the Planet?
by Ellen Gethin
Sun Sep 05, 2010 6:51 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: ladies hair
Replies: 43
Views: 3870

Re: ladies hair

According to Gerald of Wales, (who knew everything) Welsh women did cut their hair, and had more or less the same pudding bowl style as the men (but without the moustaches). This comes somewhere in his Description of Wales, 1180ish.
by Ellen Gethin
Wed Aug 04, 2010 9:51 pm
Forum: Book, Film, TV & Music Reviews
Topic: The Road To Hastings by Paul Hill
Replies: 0
Views: 818

The Road To Hastings by Paul Hill

The subtitle of this book is "The Politics of Power in Anglo-Saxon England". In fact, it covers Normandy and Flanders and Scandinavia as well - there was a whole web of family connections going right the way across the region, with Queen Emma bringing in the Norman connection. I thought I ...
by Ellen Gethin
Fri Jul 23, 2010 7:08 pm
Forum: Book, Film, TV & Music Reviews
Topic: The Welsh Kings by Kari Maund
Replies: 0
Views: 603

The Welsh Kings by Kari Maund

with the subtitle Warriors, Warlords and Princes. Published by Tempus in 2000. I was most impressed with this book. Where I already knew the history the author usually was able to fill in a few more details, or give a slightly different slant on some of the characters in Welsh history, and Kari Maun...
by Ellen Gethin
Thu Jul 16, 2009 8:11 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Drop spinning and carding questions
Replies: 39
Views: 4976

Be careful - it's addictive! And a word about distaffs - if you have a smooth stick (my first distaff was a sawn off broom handle) the wool slides around all over the show. It's much better to have something with a twist in it, or a fork. My present distaff is made from a stick of hazel that had hon...
by Ellen Gethin
Sun Jun 07, 2009 8:07 pm
Forum: Book, Film, TV & Music Reviews
Topic: Child of the Phoenix by Barbara Erskine
Replies: 2
Views: 915

No time travel in this one, unusually, but I think she claims Eleyne as one of her ancestors.
by Ellen Gethin
Sat Jun 06, 2009 6:11 pm
Forum: Book, Film, TV & Music Reviews
Topic: Child of the Phoenix by Barbara Erskine
Replies: 2
Views: 915

Child of the Phoenix by Barbara Erskine

"Who the heck is Princess Eleyne?" I wondered, when I picked this book up at a table sale. I knew who Barbara Erskine was - her Lady of Hay is practically required reading for anyone who comes to live in Hay-on-Wye. Generally she does a sort of time slip with her characters, but this seeme...
by Ellen Gethin
Sat Jun 06, 2009 5:59 pm
Forum: Book, Film, TV & Music Reviews
Topic: Favorite Historica, Period Drama/Action Films.
Replies: 40
Views: 5366

I think Excalibur just goes to show that it's okay to be inauthentic as long as you understand the myth
Something that the recent King Arthur film - and the BBC Robin Hood - obviously failed to grasp.
by Ellen Gethin
Tue Jun 02, 2009 8:13 pm
Forum: Book, Film, TV & Music Reviews
Topic: Favorite Historica, Period Drama/Action Films.
Replies: 40
Views: 5366

I thought the Patrick Bergin film was far superior to Prince of Thieves, too. I liked the way Robin was mostly enjoying himself, and then his friend would say "But if you do it this way, you'll get the support of the peasants." However, far and away the best Robin Hood ever still has to be...
by Ellen Gethin
Wed May 21, 2008 9:12 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Clergy
Replies: 28
Views: 2175

Can I recommend The Wandering Scholars by Helen Waddell? It's an old Pelican paperback about the scholars and poets of the Middle Ages called the Vagantes. In other words, they wandered about acting as scribes, and performing and writing poetry. Mostly they'd been educated at the great universities ...
by Ellen Gethin
Wed Apr 09, 2008 9:44 pm
Forum: Book, Film, TV & Music Reviews
Topic: Historical novels that aren't utter drivel?
Replies: 79
Views: 14192

Some brilliant suggestions here - I can only add Sylvian Hamilton, who wrote The Bone Pedlar, Pendragon Banner and The Gleemaiden (medieval adventures of a holy relic seller), and recommend a visit to www.historicalfiction.org
by Ellen Gethin
Mon Jan 14, 2008 7:23 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: obscure saints
Replies: 53
Views: 5974

I'd say that the more evangelical CofE congregations go for the community of saints idea, the middle of the road congregations don't really think about it, and the Anglo-Catholic congregations think the same as the Catholics (about everything except the Pope). (I'm middle of the road verging on 'sme...
by Ellen Gethin
Sun Jan 13, 2008 1:36 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: obscure saints
Replies: 53
Views: 5974

Technically speaking, Charles I, King and Martyr wasn't made a saint by the Church of England. He was just commemorated in the Book of Common Prayer. Though he is popularly referred to as Saint Charles, the CofE have never really been into making new saints.
by Ellen Gethin
Sun Jan 06, 2008 1:28 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Teeth and authenticity
Replies: 29
Views: 2275

I lost a front tooth in the middle of a show last year! Fortunately it didn't hurt at all, so I could carry on until I could get to my own dentist. I'd like to be able to say it was knocked out in combat - but the truth is that I was biting into a piece of venison, and it just came off! 'Bambi's rev...

Go to advanced search