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by Phoenix Rising
Wed Jan 21, 2015 5:59 pm
Forum: Friends and Gossip
Topic: Festival of History..
Replies: 24
Views: 4683

Re: Festival of History..

As has been said above, this was coming, it was just a matter of when. Personally I think it might actually be a good thing. For too long the emphasis has been on a few big events, which in their nature are good but not particularly accessible in these harsher economic times for people out of the ar...
by Phoenix Rising
Fri Nov 21, 2014 8:02 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Buckler Weight and Diameter?
Replies: 3
Views: 922

Re: Buckler Weight and Diameter?

Thanks for the answers Mark. I hadn't actually seen that item on ebay but you're right - it even looks cheesy!
by Phoenix Rising
Fri Oct 24, 2014 6:16 pm
Forum: 1603-1715
Topic: English Civil War Men's Hats
Replies: 2
Views: 1201

English Civil War Men's Hats

Hi folks,

Does anyone know of a good supplier for men's hats that would suit for the English Civil War period? Looking to buy a cavalier type hat but as the group I'm with don't do this period a lot I don't want to spend a small fortune on it.

Any suggestions would be appreciated,

Thanks,

P.R
by Phoenix Rising
Thu Oct 23, 2014 5:17 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: English Civil War period hats for men
Replies: 4
Views: 1725

English Civil War period hats for men

Hi folks,

Does anyone know of a good supplier for men's hats that would suit for the English Civil War period? Looking to buy something that looks the part but isn't going to cost a small fortune!

Any suggestions would be appreciated,

Thanks,

P.R
by Phoenix Rising
Tue Oct 21, 2014 3:18 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Buckler Weight and Diameter?
Replies: 3
Views: 922

Buckler Weight and Diameter?

Thinking of replacing my buckler, but before I do, what would have been the average weight and diameter of a buckler for say, the period of the Hundred Years War? Just wanting to get something that is authentic.
by Phoenix Rising
Tue Aug 12, 2014 11:30 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Curved Amputation knife
Replies: 8
Views: 1677

Re: Curved Amputation knife

Thanks JG - only just seen you're post so apologies for not replying sooner - think I'll give the DIY route a miss, as I don't have the time really at the moment (nor the skills, I think), but thanks for all the info you've given, really good stuff and very informative - shall be reading over and in...
by Phoenix Rising
Wed Jul 30, 2014 11:15 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Fletching in an authentic setting- a query
Replies: 100
Views: 15204

Re: Fletching in an authentic setting- a query

Re: Fletching of arrows - One of the things I've found over the time I've been doing this is how some things acquire an almost mystical reputation for difficulty, and this was one of them. I hand-fletch all of my arrows, and use no jig, as to be honest if you place your first fletching at 90 degrees...
by Phoenix Rising
Mon Jul 28, 2014 9:21 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: Nine Mens Morris
Replies: 8
Views: 2503

Re: Nine Mens Morris

Interested in this myself - does anyone actually manufacture boards / sets at all? Getting time to make things at the moment is a luxury I don't have!
by Phoenix Rising
Sun Jul 06, 2014 11:15 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Curved Amputation knife
Replies: 8
Views: 1677

Re: Curved Amputation knife

No, haven't heard of them. I'll take a look - Cheers Scipio! :)
by Phoenix Rising
Sat Jun 28, 2014 10:19 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Curved Amputation knife
Replies: 8
Views: 1677

Re: Curved Amputation knife

Ta for that Will - might give it a try and see what I can make myself :)
by Phoenix Rising
Thu Jun 26, 2014 4:59 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: Arrow / arrow head removal
Replies: 14
Views: 3693

Re: Arrow / arrow head removal

Thanks for the compliments Phoenix. Trust me the techniques in the book, (complete with references) Placing reeds pens over barbs first originated with the roman surgeon Celsus, quills are an adaption of that. However, it is also a technque used by some indigenous people. Chicken and egg time! Chee...
by Phoenix Rising
Wed Jun 25, 2014 10:01 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Curved Amputation knife
Replies: 8
Views: 1677

Curved Amputation knife

Been looking for a curved amputation knife, as it seems that this kind of knife was used for this task as it could go right round the limb in question. However, having browsed a wide selection of vendors, can't find anything like it.

Anyone know of any vendor selling these at all?
by Phoenix Rising
Tue Jun 24, 2014 11:30 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: Arrow / arrow head removal
Replies: 14
Views: 3693

Re: Arrow / arrow head removal

I take it you are referring to barbed heads? I guess you have been referred to Kevin'sbook about letting wounds putrify, keeping wounds open and probing etc but there is another trick. Take two quills with ends cut off so you have something like a strew. Slide down entry wound and fiddle around ign...
by Phoenix Rising
Wed Jun 04, 2014 11:04 am
Forum: General History
Topic: Arrow / arrow head removal
Replies: 14
Views: 3693

Re: Arrow / arrow head removal

Thanks Iron Dwarf - Yes, he's been quite helpful and pointed me in the direction of some articles of interest, so thanks for the suggestion :)
by Phoenix Rising
Sun Jun 01, 2014 11:43 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: Arrow / arrow head removal
Replies: 14
Views: 3693

Re: Arrow / arrow head removal

Brother Kevfael wrote:http://www.amazon.co.uk/History-Treatment-Prehistory-Nineteenth-Century/dp/0957137702/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1401633411&sr=8-1&keywords=ouch+a+history


Thanks for that - I'll chase it up when I get home (at sea at the present moment)
by Phoenix Rising
Sun Jun 01, 2014 11:41 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: Arrow / arrow head removal
Replies: 14
Views: 3693

Re: Arrow / arrow head removal

The Iron Dwarf wrote:Hector cole would be a good person to talk to I think, he has made a copy of the tool, do a search and im sure you will find him


Cheers, Yes, I did find him - contacted him by email but at £196 for a copy of it the price was a little steep for my pocket!
by Phoenix Rising
Fri May 30, 2014 7:45 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: Arrow / arrow head removal
Replies: 14
Views: 3693

Arrow / arrow head removal

Read an article the other day describing the instrument that John Bradmore used to take out the arrow head that had embedded itself into the young (soon to be) Henry V at the Battle of Shrewsbury in 1403. He was obviously lucky to have someone as inventive as Bradmore, but it set me wondering how, w...
by Phoenix Rising
Tue May 20, 2014 6:37 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: Arrow Cock Fletching colour
Replies: 8
Views: 2600

Re: Arrow Cock Fletching colour

Thanks to all for the replies - unfortunately the connections whilst I'm away at sea can be a little tenuous (not to mention temperamental!) so had to leave posting until now.

Will have a look at all info.

Thanks,

P.R
by Phoenix Rising
Mon May 19, 2014 5:38 pm
Forum: Societies
Topic: Medieval Reenactment near Durham
Replies: 15
Views: 5561

Re: Medieval Reenactment near Durham

That is just typical. I live in Peterlee and only just now discovered the reenactment at sedgefield. 1 day too late :doh: If I had known I would have loved to have a look along. I am new to this blogging caper but if there is any way of lettimng me know of other events in the durham area I would ap...
by Phoenix Rising
Fri May 09, 2014 2:03 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: Arrow Cock Fletching colour
Replies: 8
Views: 2600

Re: Arrow Cock Fletching colour

Thanks for the reply Will - some good tips, but can't do the first as the arrows are already made and whipped, but something to bear in mind for the next time. Might well have a look at the dye though, as, although I use a glove on my bow hand, I have heard often of archers having been 'spiked' by s...
by Phoenix Rising
Wed May 07, 2014 3:39 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: Arrow Cock Fletching colour
Replies: 8
Views: 2600

Arrow Cock Fletching colour

Looking at my rather old and battered copy of 'English Longbowman 1330 - 1513' (Bartlett), there is an illustration of an arrow where the cock fletching has a red band across it to denote it as being that. So two questions arise: 1) Is this actually historically accurate (ie, was the cock feather ev...
by Phoenix Rising
Mon Mar 24, 2014 8:21 pm
Forum: Book, Film, TV & Music Reviews
Topic: The Musketeers BBC
Replies: 45
Views: 7583

Re: The Musketeers BBC

One thing that's been interesting to see has been the reaction / criticism to Porthos having been made into a mixed race character. However, from what I've read it seems that Dumas might well have nodded his approval of this, as he himself was descended from mixed race parentage via his father, Thom...
by Phoenix Rising
Tue Mar 18, 2014 7:46 pm
Forum: Book, Film, TV & Music Reviews
Topic: The Musketeers BBC
Replies: 45
Views: 7583

Re: The Musketeers BBC

It seems that now the series has begun to establish itself, the critics are being more considerate towards it, and it has been renewed for a second series. I think one of the problems with any new series is that it needs to time to find its feet, and very often people have a tendency to leap on the ...
by Phoenix Rising
Tue Mar 18, 2014 2:49 pm
Forum: Book, Film, TV & Music Reviews
Topic: The Plantagenets - 'The Devil's Brood' - BBC2
Replies: 6
Views: 1511

The Plantagenets - 'The Devil's Brood' - BBC2

Watched this last night and found it to be well put together, with a presenter who's voice didn't drone or grate on me. The content was interesting and informative whilst not heavy going, with a few things explained and some things I didn't know. Felt altogether that the programme shed a lot of ligh...
by Phoenix Rising
Sun Feb 16, 2014 4:42 pm
Forum: Book, Film, TV & Music Reviews
Topic: The Musketeers BBC
Replies: 45
Views: 7583

Re: The Musketeers BBC

Ahem... John Blacke, Henry VIII's trumpeter, picture of, 1511. North African dancers in England 1470's... Othello was written in approx 1603 and although set in Venice he is a 'moor' its reasonable to asume he had family elsewhere, even in France. And Alexandre Dumas wasn't exactly as white as the ...
by Phoenix Rising
Sun Jan 19, 2014 9:38 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: Long Bow Archers' Accuracy?
Replies: 18
Views: 4597

Re: Long Bow Archers' Accuracy?

Thanks for those replies. One of my books quotes the 1515 ordnance; ' no less than 11 score yards'. Illustrations in psalters and hour books imply accuracy at the butts was practised. Was it Scotlands' King David who suffered an arrow wound to his mouth?; could that be considered accidental or deli...
by Phoenix Rising
Sun Jan 19, 2014 4:26 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: Long Bow Archers' Accuracy?
Replies: 18
Views: 4597

Re: Long Bow Archers' Accuracy?

You might find this article interesting as it is regarding the Archery Statute of 1515 : http://www.scortonarrow.com/features/Archery_its%20the%20law.htm However it doesn't mention distance / accuracy, which I have heard was supposed to have been that an archer was able to hit a man sized target at ...
by Phoenix Rising
Sat Dec 28, 2013 3:00 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Use of Baldrics during Hundred Years War and WOTR
Replies: 0
Views: 582

Use of Baldrics during Hundred Years War and WOTR

A simple question, brought up as a book I've been reading gives an illustration of the Battle of Bannockburn from the 14th Century Holkham Picture Bible which clearly shows a man wearing a baldric with scabbard in place (along with the use of sword and buckler) - did the use of baldrics continue fro...
by Phoenix Rising
Tue Dec 24, 2013 6:24 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: Double wrap Sword belts - any evidence?
Replies: 16
Views: 3766

Re: Double wrap Sword belts - any evidence?

Ah, so my initial suspicions over this were founded on good ground then! Ta, much appreciated :)
by Phoenix Rising
Thu Dec 19, 2013 1:34 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: Double wrap Sword belts - any evidence?
Replies: 16
Views: 3766

Re: Double wrap Sword belts - any evidence?

The belt is of a type where it basically goes round the body twice - the first is at the waist, then two straps come down from one side across the body to the front and back to attach to the scabbard or frog which is at the opposite hip. The link gives a view of one. http://www.theknightshop.co.uk/c...

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