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by Thor Ewing
Thu Oct 08, 2015 11:35 pm
Forum: 410-1100
Topic: How old could a story be?
Replies: 5
Views: 1664

Re: How old could a story be?

You wouldn't be the first to see memories of prehistoric events and extinct species in the myths. I do think there's a real possibility that there's something in this but on the other hand, I'm fairly sure it has very little to do with what the myths meant in historical times. If you're interested i...
by Thor Ewing
Fri Sep 13, 2013 6:25 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Bannockburn 2014
Replies: 232
Views: 35473

Re: Bannockburn 2014

Y'all prob'ly know this anyway but National Trust for Scotland are looking for a Battle Co-ordinator. Salary: £17,200 Location: Bannockburn Closing date: Friday 20 September 2013 Description The key purpose of this post is to ensure that visitors to the Battle Room at the Bannockburn Visitor Centre ...
by Thor Ewing
Sun Jun 26, 2011 10:55 am
Forum: 1485-1603
Topic: Flodden kit and info please
Replies: 93
Views: 20596

Re: Flodden kit and info please

*yes I know there would be some exceptions but even they wouldn't wearing anything we would recognise as tartan or carrying a claymore or wearing a kilt* I'm glad to see that aketons have now been judged appropriate to Highlanders for this period. But why the continued resistance to claymores? The ...
by Thor Ewing
Sat Jun 25, 2011 8:54 pm
Forum: 410-1100
Topic: Viking Under Armer.
Replies: 33
Views: 8149

Re: Viking Under Armer.

Interesting . . . I've been pondering this myself recently, and reading this has meant I can give myself the sort of answer I would give someone else! There was a workaday Viking garment called a kufl ("cowl") which was probably similar to the cuculla worn by Roman slaves. It was probably ...
by Thor Ewing
Thu Jan 06, 2011 2:15 pm
Forum: 410-1100
Topic: Welsh Stuffs
Replies: 11
Views: 2583

Re: Welsh Stuffs

The_Maille_Tailor wrote:Got the reference from 'Littere Wallie' for the one shoed figures for you now, and am working on the translation.


Could you post the Latin please?
I'd love to see what it says - not just about shoes either.

Best, Thor
by Thor Ewing
Mon Dec 27, 2010 6:12 pm
Forum: 1485-1603
Topic: Flodden kit and info please
Replies: 93
Views: 20596

Re: Flodden kit and info please

I've got info on 16th century Highlanders, although how many were there is questionable. Two of the commanders (Lennox and Argyll) were Highlanders and would surely have brought Highland armies to the field - not just the MacPharlanes and Campbells, but associated clans as well. My Ewing ancestors ...
by Thor Ewing
Fri Dec 24, 2010 12:03 am
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Targe?
Replies: 27
Views: 3069

Re: Targe?

Re the Glaswegians. In terms of practicality, wooden handled, centre grip bucklers are rubbish with long 2H spears. Metal handled ones might be better if they had thin grips. Strapped small shields might be most practical as they would allow both hands to grip the spear properly with only a leather...
by Thor Ewing
Wed Dec 22, 2010 12:16 am
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: cloth
Replies: 5
Views: 1378

Re: cloth

Oh yes!
Any period in history when there were grey sheep, you can be fairly sure they'd have had grey cloth.
Of course, that doesn't necessarily mean it would have been quite the same as your grey cloth, but at least the greyness shouldn't be a problem :wink:
Best, Thor
by Thor Ewing
Mon Dec 13, 2010 3:48 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Targe?
Replies: 27
Views: 3069

Re: Targe?

Looking at all this, I think the word targa/targe probably does describe a small round shield throughout the period, harking back to small round shields like the one shown in The Book of Kells. Of course, the Book-of-Kells-type shield would have had a single hand-grip, but Lindsay's trawl of the RPS...
by Thor Ewing
Fri Nov 26, 2010 7:43 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Targe?
Replies: 27
Views: 3069

Re: Targe?

"Not proven" does seem to sum it up. There are in fact quite a few effigies with 'heater' shields. But not all of them have shields as you say, and the effigies represent what was used by the chiefs rather than the wider clan. I also found this online about Northallerton (see http://www.en...
by Thor Ewing
Fri Nov 26, 2010 7:05 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Targe?
Replies: 27
Views: 3069

Re: Targe?

Thanks, Good Brother. I rather suspect these Galwegians had no shields at all. I know of just two manuscript illustrations of Scottish medieval infantry and in these, six out of seven individuals are shieldless and armourless, wearing just a shirt and hood. The final division of Scots at Bannockburn...
by Thor Ewing
Wed Nov 24, 2010 10:18 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Targe?
Replies: 27
Views: 3069

Targe?

I've often-enough seen it written that Gaels of this period used targes, but I've never seen any real evidence. Of course, the Viking-age Gaels used small round shields and the Jacobite-style targe goes back at least to the 1600's, but I wonder if anyone knows of any evidence (no matter how slight) ...
by Thor Ewing
Wed Aug 25, 2010 11:21 pm
Forum: 410-1100
Topic: Quick pronunciation question - Gjermundbu
Replies: 2
Views: 1404

Re: Quick pronunciation question - Gjermundbu

YAIR-mun-boo
by Thor Ewing
Wed Aug 04, 2010 11:05 am
Forum: Music and Instruments
Topic: Mediaeval Trumpet
Replies: 12
Views: 5419

Re: Mediaeval Trumpet

Here's us playing at the joust at the Royal Armouries Museum in Leeds:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=McSihoTlMOE

Best wishes,
Thor
by Thor Ewing
Fri Jul 30, 2010 6:47 pm
Forum: Music and Instruments
Topic: Mediaeval Trumpet
Replies: 12
Views: 5419

Re: Mediaeval Trumpet

I use a replica of the Billingsgate trumpet. It's loud - very loud. It's also surprisingly tuneful. It's a really beautiful musical instrument. I'll post a link to a soundfile or video, when I manage to get one uploaded. We use it mainly for fanfares - particularly when we play for jousting. Trumpet...
by Thor Ewing
Sat Feb 20, 2010 6:07 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Bosworth Revisited
Replies: 10
Views: 1825

Bosworth Revisited

Various media report archeologists' claim to have pinpointed the exact location of the Battle of Bosworth. According to their statement: "Using the new techniques of battlefield archaeology we have recovered evidence which proves exactly where the iconic English battle was fought. The site, nev...
by Thor Ewing
Tue Jun 17, 2008 11:37 am
Forum: 410-1100
Topic: 'Valkyries really did exist', says new book
Replies: 0
Views: 738

'Valkyries really did exist', says new book

I know it's an open invitation for silliness to post under this heading, but I thought some people might be interested in my new book Gods and Worshippers in the Viking and Germanic world . In this book, I have tried to discover how the pagan world really worked. And yes, part of it does suggest tha...
by Thor Ewing
Tue Jun 17, 2008 11:36 am
Forum: 55BC-410AD
Topic: 'Valkyries really did exist', says new book
Replies: 0
Views: 2252

'Valkyries really did exist', says new book

I know it's an open invitation for silliness to post under this heading, but I thought some people might be interested in my new book Gods and Worshippers in the Viking and Germanic world . In this book, I have tried to discover how the pagan world really worked. And yes, part of it does suggest tha...
by Thor Ewing
Tue Jun 17, 2008 11:32 am
Forum: General History
Topic: 'Valkyries really did exist', says new book
Replies: 2
Views: 741

'Valkyries really did exist', says new book

I know it's an open invitation for silliness to post under this heading, but I thought some people might be interested in my new book Gods and Worshippers in the Viking and Germanic world . In this book, I have tried to discover how the pagan world really worked. And yes, part of it does suggest tha...
by Thor Ewing
Tue Jun 17, 2008 11:09 am
Forum: General History
Topic: Bards and Storytelling
Replies: 22
Views: 2702

Hi Gobae! There is, as you say, a middle ground. I specialise in telling stories that were told in the past, and trying to get to the nub of them in a historical context. I have told stories for Roman, Celtic, Medieval, Viking, Anglo-Saxon, Norman and Tudor events - I have even been a storyteller at...
by Thor Ewing
Tue Jun 17, 2008 10:11 am
Forum: General History
Topic: Sommeries Castle - last chance to see...
Replies: 3
Views: 1162

Thank you, Tamsin, for calling our attention to this.
I used to bike there as a boy. It's not one of the "great" castles by any means, but it is a lovely spot.
I'll try to find out if there is any organised protest which members might like to support.
Best wishes,
Thor
by Thor Ewing
Thu May 22, 2008 3:08 pm
Forum: 410-1100
Topic: Early medieval Dyes - colours and techniques
Replies: 6
Views: 1696

Can't help but blow my own trumpet here . . . If you want to know more about the dyes as actually used in the period, then why not try my book, Viking Clothing . As you might expect, what people actually did is rather different from some of the speculation about what they might have done. You can bu...
by Thor Ewing
Tue Feb 05, 2008 10:37 pm
Forum: 410-1100
Topic: Re-doing viking kit - trying to get it right this time
Replies: 7
Views: 1934

I'm pleased to see you found my book convincing. I've now posted the only serious review I know of online at http://tinyurl.com/2gryq3 . Baby blue should be a good Viking colour. Not too expensive to dye, but still a cut above the self-coloured homespun. Unless of course, if it's dyed linen, which w...
by Thor Ewing
Thu May 31, 2007 8:37 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: What colour is Red?
Replies: 21
Views: 1169

Russet as a fabric is an undyed woollen cloth, which takes its colour from the natural pigments of the wool. As for dying leather, the eleventh-century De coloribus et artibus romanorum tells you how to dye leather with madder. As far as I remember, it's the only recipe for red leather. Best, Thor h...
by Thor Ewing
Tue May 22, 2007 8:28 pm
Forum: Music and Instruments
Topic: The Miraculous World of Alfonso the Wise
Replies: 2
Views: 643

Well, one reason is Annie was getting half her work down here anyway . . . of course, if you were to sort us out with a gig we'd be smiling all over our faces :-) Oh, and as you were wondering, it went very well thank you! And yes, there were re-enactors there (though I'm not sure if the plural is s...
by Thor Ewing
Thu May 17, 2007 10:47 am
Forum: Music and Instruments
Topic: The Miraculous World of Alfonso the Wise
Replies: 2
Views: 643

The Miraculous World of Alfonso the Wise

Just to let y'all know we're performing our show based on the Cantigas de S Maria on Saturday evening (19th May 2007) at the church in Aust, Somerset. It's a fully-costumed, semi-dramatic performance which presents the songs in an accessible way. Cracking good tunes, entertaining stories, medieval f...
by Thor Ewing
Tue Mar 06, 2007 12:28 am
Forum: 55BC-410AD
Topic: ROMAN-CELT-BRITISH EVENT 2007 MAY BANK HOLIDAY
Replies: 1
Views: 792

I take it that this is the 5th to 7th of May, not the 26th to 28th?
It may seem obvious, but I've been caught out by the phrase 'May Bank Holiday' once before.
Best, Thor
by Thor Ewing
Mon Mar 05, 2007 11:56 pm
Forum: Music and Instruments
Topic: Lyre Music
Replies: 3
Views: 854

Ah, if only we knew . . . There are various sources of evidence for what sort of thing might have been played, but nothing definite. So it's a matter of working from what we do know, and trying to fill the gaps in the simplest way. The most important thing is to be aware that the only recorded tunin...
by Thor Ewing
Fri Nov 10, 2006 5:30 pm
Forum: Music and Instruments
Topic: Playing the Lyre or Psaltery
Replies: 10
Views: 1897

To play the lyre, you start by sitting the instrument on your left knee and putting your left hand on the strings from the back of the instrument. On the five-string version you can use one finger for each string; if you have a six-string lyre, I'd recommend choosing one as a drone string and leavin...
by Thor Ewing
Fri Aug 04, 2006 10:07 pm
Forum: 410-1100
Topic: new Viking Clothing book
Replies: 12
Views: 2046

Glad you've decided to buy the book. Don't forget, you can order it from me at http://www.historicalarts.co.uk/books/vikingclothing.html By the way, if anyone is in the Castleton district this weekend, I'm giving a talk on Sunday at the Regia event there. Best wishes, Thor

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