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by Normannis
Wed Dec 19, 2012 11:51 am
Forum: 410-1100
Topic: Saxon Surgery
Replies: 15
Views: 4532

Re: Saxon Surgery

For the Roman segment a lad in Aber who is part of a Home Guard unit was given a set of cr*p Lorica (the kind that doesn't meet properly, articulate properly, and leaves the upper chest exposed), I thought that lorica should have fitted together properly. What a pitty that it's so poorly done. Coli...
by Normannis
Sun Dec 16, 2012 11:02 am
Forum: 410-1100
Topic: Saxon Surgery
Replies: 15
Views: 4532

Re: Saxon Surgery

I'm afraid that there is much about the series Instruments Of Death that is utter B***cks. Sadly much of it spouted during the demonstration segments by 'experts' from the re-enactment world. For example I 'learned' that musketeers kept musket balls in their mouths to the extent that their lips wou...
by Normannis
Mon Dec 10, 2012 10:29 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Longbow and arrow manufacture
Replies: 33
Views: 6766

Re: Longbow and arrow manufacture

I'd personally surmise it to be something like an accepted standard of function- like as you said, it must lob a standard arrow x distance or within x paces put a shaft through y thickness of linden or somesuch. Bowyers know their trade and obviously the penalties for shipping inadequate equipment w...
by Normannis
Tue Dec 04, 2012 9:34 am
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Helmets
Replies: 17
Views: 3308

Re: Helmets

The kettlehat does seem to appear in sources from the Maciejowski onwards as one of the common lower-class helmets, alongside skulcap-type unadorned helmets- the main objection people seem to find is that it's ugly, and the precise design seems to change over time (into more of a sallet later). It's...
by Normannis
Tue Nov 27, 2012 2:04 pm
Forum: 410-1100
Topic: Chests
Replies: 5
Views: 2506

Re: Chests

If you want to e-mail them to me I could refer you to similar medieval chests for some inspiration. I've got an archive of online listings somewhere... including the magnificently painted Breton marriage chest (early-mid 12thC).
by Normannis
Mon Nov 26, 2012 11:02 pm
Forum: 410-1100
Topic: Chests
Replies: 5
Views: 2506

Re: Chests

Forgot I'd posted this so sorry it took me a while to reply. There seems to be a trend for making them- A) A good height to sit on and B) Good for storing a sword and maille. Now, whilst I wouldn't immediately assume this is a causal thing, it could be perhaps because they descended from sea-chests ...
by Normannis
Fri Nov 23, 2012 5:52 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Medieval Accountancy
Replies: 39
Views: 5149

Re: Medieval Accountancy

Hrmmm. We do some set pieces that tend to include coins (tax collection, doling out pay to mercenaries, etc. etc.) but never actually had someone use the echequer board. We did have someone making records of rents due and recieved though, and then had the coins thrown into the warchest. Unfortunatel...
by Normannis
Mon Nov 19, 2012 2:15 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Tracking haberdashery shops
Replies: 72
Views: 33008

Re: Tracking haberdashery shops

Lancaster- Fabrix. Good range of period wools and linens (which they've stocked on request)- their price is very variable but good service and usually include a discount on reenactment-size orders.
http://www.fabrix.org.uk/
by Normannis
Sat Nov 17, 2012 9:54 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Early medieval polearms
Replies: 9
Views: 3346

Re: Early medieval polearms

The Assize of 1181 specifies lancea as the only weapon to be carried by freemen, most of whom fought on foot; it was mainly professional military serjantz (also of the freeman class) who fought on horseback. The assize of arms was also constantly re-issued by successive medieval kings with stiffer ...
by Normannis
Fri Nov 16, 2012 2:27 pm
Forum: 410-1100
Topic: Chests
Replies: 5
Views: 2506

Re: Chests

Chests of this size were usually referred to as ''coffins'' in medieval manuscripts (as indeed any wooden chest under the size referred to as a 'chest'). Pictorial images are a little sparse and don't generally show much to go on design wise- most people have just scaled down one of the extant 12thC...
by Normannis
Fri Nov 16, 2012 9:32 am
Forum: Societies
Topic: Historia Normannis
Replies: 2
Views: 2543

Re: Historia Normannis

Second you tell people they'll get to work up and then include 'bottom', you immediately round up the perverts. Just what we want. ;)
-Dan
by Normannis
Wed Nov 14, 2012 9:39 am
Forum: Societies
Topic: Historia Normannis
Replies: 2
Views: 2543

Historia Normannis

http://www.normannis.co.uk We do everything from 1066-1215 if the client demands, but our bread-and-butter (and standard kit) is 1170's-1180's. We have cells nationwide (the website has a full list) and more opening all the time- current 'high' concentrations are mid-to-South Wales, North West Engla...
by Normannis
Tue Nov 13, 2012 11:23 am
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Monks Garb in Wales 12th century
Replies: 6
Views: 2039

Re: Monks Garb in Wales 12th century

I did speak to the Mulberry dyer about black in the 12th century, and he had a few samples to look at- one that had been overdyed in multiple colours until it had reached almost the modern standard of 'true' black, a deep brown wool from Welsh Black sheep that had then been dyed with (I think he sai...
by Normannis
Mon Nov 12, 2012 2:10 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Early medieval polearms
Replies: 9
Views: 3346

Re: Early medieval polearms

The depiction of such items is indeed rare, however one can assume given the depiction of lower-ranking combatants is in itself rare in 12th-13th century manuscripts, the relative 'rarity' of the items is more a question of convention rather than real-life reflection- for instance, it is unusual to ...
by Normannis
Sat Nov 10, 2012 1:28 am
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Fighting priests
Replies: 32
Views: 5860

Re: Fighting priests

I know it's not the period for the BC references... but my diss. touched on this AND... 1) When appointed as the Archdeacon of Canterbury Thomas Beckett was put in charge of a few (failed) military expeditions in his role as the Lord Chancellor when Henry II campaigned on the continent. In at least ...

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