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by Fox
Wed Jun 22, 2016 9:58 pm
Forum: Friends and Gossip
Topic: The Passing of Roger Lankford
Replies: 7
Views: 2086

The Passing of Roger Lankford

Late yesterday, my great friend and inspirational mentor, Roger Lankford passed away. He taught me about fairness and honour, bravery and determination, integrity and loyalty, and the value of fraternity, and all by simply offering me his own footsteps to walk in. Rest well, Roger; you've earned it.
by Fox
Mon Sep 14, 2015 9:09 am
Forum: Friends and Gossip
Topic: 2015 Law Commission 'antique' gun proposals
Replies: 52
Views: 5829

Re: 2015 Law Commission 'antique' gun proposals

Arquebus arrives on this forum. They have never posted before, and they have only posted in this thread. At no time have they revealed who they are, or why they are qualified or interested to talk on this subject. And then they write: It will also include provisions entitling you to a state subsidiz...
by Fox
Thu Sep 03, 2015 11:40 am
Forum: Friends and Gossip
Topic: 2015 Law Commission 'antique' gun proposals
Replies: 52
Views: 5829

Re: 2015 Law Commission 'antique' gun proposals

Realistically, how many deaths do you think would occur every year if reproduction flintlock or matchlock long guns didn't require a certificate? I think it would be 0. Black powder incidents in the US are reported and recorded; they do kill people. And people are injured all the time. I'd like to ...
by Fox
Wed Sep 02, 2015 3:41 pm
Forum: Friends and Gossip
Topic: 2015 Law Commission 'antique' gun proposals
Replies: 52
Views: 5829

Re: 2015 Law Commission 'antique' gun proposals

I could see some advantage in moving all replicas with "obsolete means of ignition" to section 2; or at least within some sensible limit of bore. I have to carry a section 1 licence, with all the extra admin that entails, so I can hold a flintlock pistol that is no more of a risk than a 2&...
by Fox
Thu Jul 23, 2015 11:09 am
Forum: Pictures
Topic: Norfolk Surcoat
Replies: 0
Views: 956

Norfolk Surcoat

Made for me by the Handwork Company.
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by Fox
Thu Jul 23, 2015 11:06 am
Forum: Pictures
Topic: Tudor forester
Replies: 1
Views: 1075

Re: Tudor forester

:thumbup:
by Fox
Tue Jun 30, 2015 12:08 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Devon medieval combat alliance
Replies: 2
Views: 819

Re: Devon medieval combat alliance

They are still around, and still being run by Steve Jewell.
by Fox
Tue Jul 15, 2014 7:21 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Bannockburn 2014
Replies: 232
Views: 33432

Re: Bannockburn 2014

I'm still not convinced; although 12ft might be possible, that seems like the longest to me.
by Fox
Tue Jul 15, 2014 2:35 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Bannockburn 2014
Replies: 232
Views: 33432

Re: Bannockburn 2014

guthrie wrote:2 inch thick poles that are 12 or 14 foot long.

Is there any evidence that suggests that the poles at Bannockburn would have been that long?
by Fox
Fri Jul 04, 2014 2:30 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Bannockburn 2014
Replies: 232
Views: 33432

Re: Bannockburn 2014

The figures were given to us by Unique events staff as they came round at the end of the day. I have no reason to believe that they were anything other than accurate. I have no reason to believe they weren't accurate either; nor was even implying they weren't correct; I was just being cautious. I k...
by Fox
Fri Jul 04, 2014 11:28 am
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Bannockburn 2014
Replies: 232
Views: 33432

Re: Bannockburn 2014

Sausages wrote:...that was 19900 people along to watch....

If that's accurate, then those are big numbers.
by Fox
Thu Jul 03, 2014 9:08 am
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Bannockburn 2014
Replies: 232
Views: 33432

Re: Bannockburn 2014

I do think they would have struggled to safely put more people into the arena that was supplied though. In that respect, lower numbers was okay. Presumably they had a reasonable estimate of how many were actually attending as the weekend approached, and planned the size of the arena accordingly; no...
by Fox
Wed Jun 11, 2014 12:05 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Parchment interlining
Replies: 2
Views: 934

Re: Parchment interlining

:thumbup:
by Fox
Tue May 20, 2014 9:52 am
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Archers Side Arm
Replies: 37
Views: 5664

Re: Archers Side Arm

jermleenats wrote:i know archers back then were suppose too be the best and took alot of training but i wanted to know when the enemie came in too close what were there side arms dagger? sword axe or mace? or something else?

I think we cover this quite well in the thread; just start reading from the beginning.
by Fox
Mon Apr 14, 2014 2:32 pm
Forum: Friends and Gossip
Topic: Black Powder storage advice and regulations.
Replies: 36
Views: 7562

Re: Black Powder storage advice and regulations.

you should ALWAYS check with your local police, if it conflicts with what is below... It's worth noting that, in the past, local police have not always given the correct advice on this, and on occasion have refused to issue an A&K for the site. People who have heard Danny Kay speak on this subj...
by Fox
Wed Mar 26, 2014 3:00 pm
Forum: Traders Discussion
Topic: Trading at Plantagenet Events 2014
Replies: 0
Views: 658

Trading at Plantagenet Events 2014

It's that time when, having earlier in the year invited our usually interested traders to attend our events, we start actively look for traders to fill the remaining spaces. Spaces are now being filled on a first-come-first-served basis. So if you've received an invite and you're a trader hoping to ...
by Fox
Tue Mar 25, 2014 4:14 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: "I bought it off a trader..."
Replies: 2
Views: 1051

Re: "I bought it off a trader..."

Caged birds are easy to transport, keep fed, etc.; relative to other livestock. I believe in the later Age of Sail exotic birds were often transported and sold, which may be where the pirate/parrot association comes from. It doesn't surprise me that one turns up in a medieval painting; probably the ...
by Fox
Fri Mar 21, 2014 5:28 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Bannockburn 2014
Replies: 232
Views: 33432

Re: Bannockburn 2014

I did a couple of those. The thing that sticks with me was that I'd spent years telling people how our reenactment swords were, if anything, heavier than the real things because of the thick blunt edges, and then being given two genuine medieval swords to handle, one of which had heavier, more crow...
by Fox
Sat Mar 08, 2014 3:38 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: So, how long were spears in the period of this sub-forum?
Replies: 22
Views: 3456

Re: So, how long were spears in the period of this sub-forum

PaulMurphy wrote:With respect to Crecy, the cutting down of lances to make usable spears is purely an artifact of the cavalry being dismounted. They had several lances each and a sword, but on foot what they really needed was a spear.

Yes. That's exactly my point.
by Fox
Sat Mar 08, 2014 3:36 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: So, how long were spears in the period of this sub-forum?
Replies: 22
Views: 3456

Re: So, how long were spears in the period of this sub-forum

Yes. That's what I'm saying. Okay then, I'll take a 20 foot spear along then and tell everyone it's fine because we don't know what length they used. I was implying that the best thing to do is to speculate based on practical considerations, rather than extrapolating from other datelines; but you c...
by Fox
Sat Mar 08, 2014 12:08 am
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: So, how long were spears in the period of this sub-forum?
Replies: 22
Views: 3456

Re: So, how long were spears in the period of this sub-forum

Yes. That's what I'm saying.
by Fox
Fri Mar 07, 2014 11:37 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: So, how long were spears in the period of this sub-forum?
Replies: 22
Views: 3456

Re: So, how long were spears in the period of this sub-forum

I think it suggests the idea is still being experimented with; which suggests to me there is nothing standard about the spear lengths at either Bannockburn or Crecy.
That is all.
by Fox
Fri Mar 07, 2014 10:18 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: So, how long were spears in the period of this sub-forum?
Replies: 22
Views: 3456

Re: So, how long were spears in the period of this sub-forum

You'll have to be more clear here - Bannockburn showed mounted knights losing to lots of spears, you're presumably saying the idea still in its infancy is of fighting on foot instead of on horseback. And Crecy is 1346, i.e. 32 years later, under a King who was a toddler when Bannockburn occured. So...
by Fox
Fri Mar 07, 2014 9:36 am
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: So, how long were spears in the period of this sub-forum?
Replies: 22
Views: 3456

Re: So, how long were spears in the period of this sub-forum

A thing that hasn't been said is that there is no reason to suppose Bannockburn (and related battles) are typical of the period. It's a time of change for British tactics, that arguably might be triggered by the English experience at Bannockburn. I don't think it's a co-incidence that the English co...
by Fox
Thu Mar 06, 2014 3:48 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: So, how long were spears in the period of this sub-forum?
Replies: 22
Views: 3456

Re: So, how long were spears in the period of this sub-forum

You might have the issue here of spears being long enough to control well enough to hurt people being too long to safely use when trying to not hurt people! The longest I have used it just over 9 feet but that was allowing one handed step thrusts etc. It was perfectly doable, just took some extra b...
by Fox
Tue Mar 04, 2014 10:39 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Bannockburn 2014
Replies: 232
Views: 33432

Re: Bannockburn 2014

A sad fact of the matter is that marshaling, toilets, marketing, security, police, first aid and a fair few other items, site office hire and staffing, planning formulation etc etc will suck up a lot of that budget. I didn't mean that. I meant the event is largely not a re-enactment; it's a very la...
by Fox
Tue Mar 04, 2014 7:16 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Bannockburn 2014
Replies: 232
Views: 33432

Re: Bannockburn 2014

guthrie wrote:And the budget is surely ten times greater than has ever been spent any previous re-enactment.

Nor is it being spent on a re-enactment now.
by Fox
Fri Jan 31, 2014 4:48 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: 13th C. Farm
Replies: 59
Views: 8326

Re: 13th C. Farm

I'm sorry, Brother, I'm having difficulty untangling the parts of that answer. Payne's article suggests that the yoke was the traditional plough team system in England and any attempts to yoke horses would have tragic consequences, since they are made differently in the neck department ...which I un...
by Fox
Thu Jan 30, 2014 10:10 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: 13th C. Farm
Replies: 59
Views: 8326

Re: 13th C. Farm

If I'm honest, I'm not likely to find the time to read those (so much to read, so little time), so can I be cheeky and tap the knowledge here... Ian Mortimer suggests, in passing, that it's adoption of the horse collar that allows horses to replace oxen. Since the horse collar arrived in England by ...
by Fox
Mon Jan 27, 2014 9:28 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: 13th C. Farm
Replies: 59
Views: 8326

Re: 13th C. Farm

Quite. So, if I understand correctly, selective breeding in the medieval period is not about creating/maintaining a breed, in the modern sense, but about choosing to breed (usually with a sire) which has traits that one wishes to see in the offspring. This might largely be restricted, not just by th...

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