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by Mark
Thu Oct 01, 2009 6:19 pm
Forum: 410-1100
Topic: Anglo saxon hoard
Replies: 2
Views: 1015

I've been to see a small sample of the hoard at Birmingham today.There was a one and a half hour queue to get in but,it was well worth it!
Oggie.
by Mark
Mon Sep 21, 2009 5:17 pm
Forum: 1485-1603
Topic: Mary Rose 1545 basket hilt sword
Replies: 5
Views: 2332

We visited last week so that we saw the MR before she is taken off public view for three years.The museum and and the whole historic Dockyard is well worth a visit and fantastic value at £18 an adult.
Oggie.
by Mark
Wed Aug 19, 2009 3:45 pm
Forum: 410-1100
Topic: learning anglo saxon.
Replies: 22
Views: 6288

do you know about teach yourself old english by mark atherton? because that one has a cd with it. Yes, but Steve's a mate and I like to help fund his early A-S kit habit. :wink: His 'Wordcraft' is also a very handy english/A-S dictionary, with Clark Hall's excellent 400 page A-S/english dictionary ...
by Mark
Tue Aug 18, 2009 5:03 pm
Forum: 410-1100
Topic: learning anglo saxon.
Replies: 22
Views: 6288

I am using Steve Pollingtons First steps and am at the end of Mark Athertons Teach Yourself Old English,both are very good. I am also doing the Correspondence Course with Steve Pollington which really keeps me on my toes! Sweets Anglo-Saxon Dictionary and the on-line Bosworth-Toller Dictionary are r...
by Mark
Sun Aug 09, 2009 8:45 am
Forum: Pictures
Topic: It wanted to be a Tafl board
Replies: 4
Views: 902

Nice work Paul...Is it Elm?
Best wishes,
Oggie.
by Mark
Fri Jul 03, 2009 8:14 am
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Archers
Replies: 62
Views: 5458

When shooting in the Bow you do hold it at full draw, but only for a heartbeat,enough to let your body and therefore your aim, settle.
Oggie (Buckinghams Retinue)
by Mark
Thu May 15, 2008 1:10 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Tinderbox or not
Replies: 7
Views: 673

Colin Middleton wrote:
Mark wrote:I find a leather drawstring bag ideal.


Hmm, I've seen a bag like that somewhere before :wink:

That's what I was thinking of.


LOL Colin,
Everybodys seen my bag.. :shock: :wink:
Oggs.
by Mark
Wed May 14, 2008 5:51 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Tinderbox or not
Replies: 7
Views: 673

I find a leather drawstring bag ideal. http://i257.photobucket.com/albums/hh228/Souloggie/Picture001.jpg Get one big enough to hold two small tinder "birdsnests" charcloth,flint,Firesteel,double ended Sulphur spills,a coal extender, in this case a King Alfreds Cake.A small candle stub can ...
by Mark
Fri Feb 08, 2008 1:45 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: Firing Bows?
Replies: 43
Views: 4011

I thought the command was NOW STRIKE ("Nestroque")
Oggie (Buckinghams Retinue)
by Mark
Thu Feb 07, 2008 5:38 am
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Secondary weapons and armour of a 12th/13th century archer?
Replies: 60
Views: 6043

Hi El Frog, I understand what you are saying about looting on the battlefield,but,to be wearing a Seax without evidence to back up why you wear it is surely against every concept of why we do Living History? There will definately be MOPs that will ask why you have it (I would!) I would go so far as ...
by Mark
Fri Feb 01, 2008 8:49 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: Matches - lighting fires before their invention
Replies: 32
Views: 3443

No problem Guthrie,
Are you the chap that came to speak to me after I had done a Firelighting demo in the Staffords camp at the last Blore Heath?
Best Wishes,
Oggie (Buckinghams Retinue)
by Mark
Fri Feb 01, 2008 3:55 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: Matches - lighting fires before their invention
Replies: 32
Views: 3443

On a side theme If Charcloth was used in the medieval period (I'm thinking C12th / C13th) How would they have made it (I'm assuming they didn't have an old travel sweet tin lying around like me :) ) Hi Vermin, Here is a copy of one of my posts from Jan 2007. You can make a poor quality Char Cloth w...
by Mark
Fri Feb 01, 2008 10:38 am
Forum: General History
Topic: Matches - lighting fires before their invention
Replies: 32
Views: 3443

I shall be instructing on Flint & Steel Firelighting at the History Boot Camp in April. http://www.history-boot-camp.co.uk/ This will include Charcloth,Fungii,Sulphur spills,Rushlights etc .I shall be asking for a small donation which will go to Cancer Research UK. Oggie (Buckinghams Retinue)
by Mark
Fri Feb 01, 2008 9:49 am
Forum: General History
Topic: Matches - lighting fires before their invention
Replies: 32
Views: 3443

This was a post by Hraefn on a previous thread on the subject.. From a 16thC book that I've lost the title and date of( 1530-1550ish) it's an English-Latin phrase book for travellers, the idea being when in furren parts(!) you find the priest and point at bits of the book whilst shouting ME NO UNDER...
by Mark
Mon Jan 07, 2008 7:23 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: Flodden
Replies: 5
Views: 721

Thanks Phil,
A lot of good information there.
Oggie (Buckinghams Retinue)
by Mark
Sun Jan 06, 2008 4:53 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: Flodden
Replies: 5
Views: 721

A question for everyone:
What are the main differences (if any) in clothing and equipment for an English soldier in 1513 from the late War of the Roses?
Oggie (Buckinghams Retinue)
by Mark
Sat Jan 05, 2008 1:42 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: Pike Drill - Flodden Field
Replies: 24
Views: 16524

There are also a couple of other major factors to take into account for Flodden 1: Howard outmanouvered the Scots and forced them to attack his position, whereas normally the Swiss forced their enemies in a tactically weak position Hi Allan, This Flanking march which put the English army behind the...
by Mark
Mon Dec 31, 2007 6:33 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: Pike Drill - Flodden Field
Replies: 24
Views: 16524

Hi all, At Flodden,the Scots were forced (against their battle plan) to advance down Branxton hill after losing the artillery duel. They advanced in Swiss echelon formation designed to hit the enemy at different times increasing the pressure as each Pike formation hit home. Where the slope was least...
by Mark
Mon Oct 29, 2007 5:20 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: your favorit sites/buildings
Replies: 25
Views: 1789

I'm just back from Cyprus so I'm voting for the Medieval Sugar Factory at Kolossi because I've never seen one before.
Oggie (Buckinghams Retinue)
by Mark
Sat Oct 27, 2007 7:29 am
Forum: General History
Topic: Matches - lighting fires before their invention
Replies: 32
Views: 3443

Re: Matches - lighting fires before their invention

So I spent 2 hours this morning lying awake pondering this question. before matches were invented in the 19th Century, were people still using flint and steel to light a fire? (assuming they had no access to another fire) This was fascinating between 4 and 6 this morning. Matches were cleaner and m...
by Mark
Mon Oct 15, 2007 2:58 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Calving Crossbows
Replies: 13
Views: 1522

If you look in the OED Under the definition of casting 1. That casts, in various senses of the vb. a. trans. Of a bow, etc.: Throwing, shooting (see also quot. 1483). b. intr. Of bees: Swarming. Under the definitions for Calf and Calves b. to slip (cast) the calf: to suffer abortion; said of the co...
by Mark
Mon Oct 15, 2007 2:05 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Professional Soldiers in the WotR
Replies: 49
Views: 3890

My pleasure Allan,I enjoy the detective work :wink:
Hope you and Jane are OK and look forward to seeing you soon.
Oggie.
by Mark
Sat Oct 13, 2007 5:07 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Calving Crossbows
Replies: 13
Views: 1522

This is from the 1841 Book of Archery by George Agar Hansard . John Paston, writing to his brother, thus expresses his uncertainty of getting some necessary repairs done to some arbalists, which belonged to himself and several other members of his family:-- " Also, sir, we poor sans derniers (...
by Mark
Sat Oct 13, 2007 1:56 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Professional Soldiers in the WotR
Replies: 49
Views: 3890

Nice one Mark, remind me to thank you in person when we meet, I will be at TORM, all three days, floppy red and prints.

Jorge

My pleasure Jorge,
I shall make myself known at the TORM.
All the best,
Mark.
by Mark
Sat Oct 13, 2007 12:59 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Professional Soldiers in the WotR
Replies: 49
Views: 3890

G23b, No problem at all. Oggie.(Buckinghams Retinue) Heres the rest of the indenture carrying on from where it left off... of the whiche wages the sayd Edmond hath reseyued for the first quarter of the sayd hol yere the daye of the sealing of these presentes, at whiche day the sayd Duc hath yeven kn...
by Mark
Sat Oct 13, 2007 11:51 am
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Professional Soldiers in the WotR
Replies: 49
Views: 3890

Colin, any idea what the rank was of the said indentee? Do you know of any similar? There was a minor aristo Sothyll family in Yorkshire in the 15thc, my question is more along the lines of indentures possibly for ranked people, if this Sothyll chap was contracted to be Dick's man, then he alone wo...
by Mark
Fri Oct 12, 2007 10:11 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Calving Crossbows
Replies: 13
Views: 1522

Sophia wrote:Suggests an interesting variation of "swords into ploughshares" doesn't it. :D


It certainly does Sophia,and with the Pastons about to become beseiged in Caister Castle, the Ploughshares needed to become swords again pretty quickly.

Oggie (Buckinghams Retinue)
by Mark
Fri Oct 12, 2007 7:55 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Calving Crossbows
Replies: 13
Views: 1522

by Mark
Fri Oct 12, 2007 7:49 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Calving Crossbows
Replies: 13
Views: 1522

Thanks for the replies.To stimulate thought on the subject.Here is a link to a modern tool for "kasting caluys"

http://www.ritchey.co.uk/index.php?page ... 9576c376ed

Oggie.

PS: Adam,is my memory correct in thinking you are Waltham way?
by Mark
Fri Oct 12, 2007 9:01 am
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Calving Crossbows
Replies: 13
Views: 1522

Calving Crossbows

After much thought.I have come to my own conclusions about this but I would be interested in other peoples views. Why use a Crossbow to give birth to a Calf? Heres the quote from 1469. ......Also, syr, we pore sanz deners of Caster haue brook iij or iij stelle bowys; wherfor we beseche yow, and ther...

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