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by PaulMurphy
Wed Oct 11, 2017 9:58 am
Forum: Re-enactors Wanted
Topic: Looking for a group to do a living village for North Wales town festival.
Replies: 11
Views: 550

Re: Looking for a group to do a living village for North Wales town festival.

Tournée could provide an encampment with combat and archery displays if that is what you're looking for - Edward I and II are our period, and we've worked in several castles over the years. I'll send my email address in a PM if you want to discuss further.

Paul.
by PaulMurphy
Mon Oct 02, 2017 12:10 pm
Forum: 410-1100
Topic: More evidence for women warriors in the Viking Age
Replies: 2
Views: 409

Re: More evidence for women warriors in the Viking Age

Read the response by Judith Jesch - it's very entertaining, and informative. http://norseandviking.blogspot.co.uk/2017/09/lets-debate-female-viking-warriors-yet.html?m=1 So, let's summarise: 1. They may not have the correct body, as the labelling and storage of the bones was haphazard in the C19th 2...
by PaulMurphy
Wed Sep 20, 2017 12:45 pm
Forum: Buy and Sell
Topic: Large pavilion for sale.
Replies: 5
Views: 339

Re: Large pavilion for sale.

Sorry folks, I bought the tent so it is no longer for sale 8-)
by PaulMurphy
Fri Sep 15, 2017 2:46 pm
Forum: Buy and Sell
Topic: Large pavilion for sale.
Replies: 5
Views: 339

Re: Large pavilion for sale.

Any photos or details of the maker?
by PaulMurphy
Sat Jul 08, 2017 8:14 pm
Forum: 1485-1603
Topic: Alchemist Re-enactor Project
Replies: 9
Views: 1111

Re: Alchemist Re-enactor Project

Search the posts of Guthrie on this forum - apart from being knowledgeable and helpful, he's published a book on the subject.
by PaulMurphy
Mon Feb 20, 2017 12:02 pm
Forum: Societies
Topic: Reenactment Group - Legal Status
Replies: 3
Views: 702

Re: Reenactment Group - Legal Status

Congratulations, you have found yourself in a minefield but at least you've realised that rather than finding out the hard way. Almost all societies of 100+ members will have become a Company Limited by Guarantee for exactly this reason. Some are also registered charities, though the benefit of this...
by PaulMurphy
Fri Feb 03, 2017 3:11 pm
Forum: Buy and Sell
Topic: Need to buy a wooden mallet
Replies: 2
Views: 287

Re: Need to buy a wooden mallet

http://www.woodententpegs.co.uk/ - they supply ash pegs in a range of sizes, and accessories such as mallets. Good pricing, and I've had excellent service whenever we've ordered from them
by PaulMurphy
Sat Jan 28, 2017 2:44 pm
Forum: Buy and Sell
Topic: WLTB medieval chair / stool
Replies: 7
Views: 969

Re: WLTB medieval chair / stool

So chairs definitely extended beyond kings and bishops


In buildings, yes. As a portable item to be used on campaign or carted around (literally) wherever you went, no.
by PaulMurphy
Wed Jan 25, 2017 11:03 pm
Forum: Buy and Sell
Topic: WLTB medieval chair / stool
Replies: 7
Views: 969

Re: WLTB medieval chair / stool

Quiverstock's chair is simple, elegant, and wrong for C13/14. There are curule chairs or stools from the Roman period, but the folding X-chairs with arms and back seem to appear first in Renaissance Italy, maybe from about 1500 onwards. Until then, chairs seem to have been rare and used by Kings and...
by PaulMurphy
Mon Aug 01, 2016 3:32 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Help identify this chainmail?
Replies: 5
Views: 968

Re: Help identify this chainmail?

This looks to me like the butted mail which Armour Class used to make back in the 90s and early 00s before the Indian riveted mail became available. The tailoring of the shirt to expand at the bottom, and to spread across the chest, is typical of the fitting adjustments they typically added, and fro...
by PaulMurphy
Fri May 20, 2016 5:19 pm
Forum: Friends and Gossip
Topic: Should history be fictional?
Replies: 15
Views: 2915

Re: Should history be fictional?

Is the assignment due on Monday? It matters because there will be those who deny that it happened, or rewrite it to paint their country as less belligerent, less culpable, or less illegal. Fiction teaches us how good fiction can be, but fictionalised history is just as bad as those who rewrite it. A...
by PaulMurphy
Fri Apr 29, 2016 5:22 pm
Forum: Forum Technical Support and News
Topic: URL has moved
Replies: 4
Views: 1392

Re: URL has moved

by PaulMurphy
Fri Apr 29, 2016 1:02 pm
Forum: Forum Technical Support and News
Topic: URL has moved
Replies: 4
Views: 1392

Re: URL has moved

It might be worth putting a redirect in place - I've spent the last 2 days thinking the site was gone...
by PaulMurphy
Thu Aug 27, 2015 5:14 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Use of Naturally Black Wool in 400 - 1100 CE Britain
Replies: 6
Views: 1881

Re: Use of Naturally Black Wool in 400 - 1100 CE Britain

Beware of selective reading or quoting, as what the YAT report actually says is: At Coppergate only one-third of the Anglo-Scandinavian wool, whether raw or processed, was pigmented (and the medieval wools were all white). White wool is vital if the fibre is to be dyed and dyeing formed a significan...
by PaulMurphy
Sat Mar 08, 2014 1:05 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: So, how long were spears in the period of this sub-forum?
Replies: 22
Views: 3420

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

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. Plus by "cutting down" I assume they didn't shorten the length, but inst...
by PaulMurphy
Mon Sep 30, 2013 9:20 am
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Transition to Plate Shoulders..?
Replies: 4
Views: 1284

Re: Transition to Plate Shoulders..?

The standard reference for this period is Arms and Armour of the Crusading Era, 1050-1350 This gathers together manuscript evidence, carvings, effigies and other sources, and is as good a reference as we can ever hope to get. The only reference to shoulder protection is the small plates attached to ...
by PaulMurphy
Wed Aug 21, 2013 7:02 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Bannockburn 2014
Replies: 232
Views: 33149

Re: Bannockburn 2014

Griff,

Do let us know if EH want to do Bannockburn at Kelmarsh ;-)
by PaulMurphy
Wed Aug 07, 2013 5:28 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Common soldiers tents/shelters.
Replies: 8
Views: 2044

Re: Common soldiers tents/shelters.

JSTOR can provide access to a review of the fresco's dating and attribution which is detailed:

Joseph Polzer
Jahrbuch der Berliner Museen
25. Bd., (1983), pp. 103-141
by PaulMurphy
Wed Aug 07, 2013 5:03 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Common soldiers tents/shelters.
Replies: 8
Views: 2044

Re: Common soldiers tents/shelters.

http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File: ... ni_015.jpg

Palazzo Pubblico, Siena, dated 1328, by Simone Martini

Though note that there is some discussion over the dating and the content e.g. http://smarterritorialist.wordpress.com ... tribution/
by PaulMurphy
Mon May 20, 2013 1:34 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Has anyone seen these swords used?
Replies: 10
Views: 1950

Re: Has anyone seen these swords used?

The "Practical" name generally refers to mass-produced stuff by Hanwei, which arrives in the UK at about £30 wholesale. They're available from several places at about £60-80 including delivery by UK post. In terms of durability, they have varied across the range from likely to break on fir...
by PaulMurphy
Fri May 17, 2013 12:51 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Bannockburn 2014
Replies: 232
Views: 33149

Re: Bannockburn 2014

They're the family groups who exist to provide a focus for badly educated Americans who wish to revisit their ancestral homelands, and who may wish to donate a few pennies in the process for the upkeep of the clan chief's sadly neglected baronial pile. Think tartan wallpaper and carpets, kilts, Eton...
by PaulMurphy
Thu May 09, 2013 11:18 am
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Bannockburn 2014
Replies: 232
Views: 33149

Re: Bannockburn 2014

http://www.clanranald.org/cln1/duncarron/bruces-scotland-tour They've started to show a small level of interest in the kit of this period, though apparently thrown together cheaply and without any attempt at getting the details correct, and then combined it with Disney - spot the difference: http://...
by PaulMurphy
Wed May 08, 2013 10:15 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Bannockburn 2014
Replies: 232
Views: 33149

Re: Bannockburn 2014

I can feel a letter coming on... if I was to draft something asking the NTS to ensure that the event is free from tartan, commemorative rather than celebratory, and has the re-enactment co-ordinated either by a named individual or committee of experienced re-enactors who have been involved in large-...
by PaulMurphy
Wed May 08, 2013 10:10 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Bannockburn 2014
Replies: 232
Views: 33149

Re: Bannockburn 2014

For my sins I seem doomed to go through government reports line by line, and in the report from the Economy, Energy and Tourism Committee's meeting of the 24th April, David McAllister, the "National Trust for Scotland’s project director for the battle of Bannockburn project" says this: Bra...
by PaulMurphy
Wed May 01, 2013 3:17 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Bannockburn 2014
Replies: 232
Views: 33149

Re: Bannockburn 2014

Nige,

2003 or 2004, I forget which one. But I do remember the steam...
by PaulMurphy
Wed May 01, 2013 3:09 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Bannockburn 2014
Replies: 232
Views: 33149

Re: Bannockburn 2014

The numbers were high because Plantagenet Events went out of their way to get a large number of people from England to attend, who were drawn mainly from groups which did the WotR period or who were part of generic "medieval" groups. They had a kit guide, and in the main they tried to get ...
by PaulMurphy
Tue Apr 30, 2013 1:38 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Bannockburn 2014
Replies: 232
Views: 33149

Re: Bannockburn 2014

True - Hastings in particular has always managed to attract large numbers from France, Holland, Germany, Denmark, Poland and Russia, but that's on the basis that they can cross the channel and drive for an hour to get to the show. Adding 8-10 hours to the trip might not be as attractive, although fl...
by PaulMurphy
Tue Apr 30, 2013 11:42 am
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Bannockburn 2014
Replies: 232
Views: 33149

Re: Bannockburn 2014

If ClanRanald are organising it, I have my doubts about it being the biggest re-enactment ever on the site given the number of people who will stay away if it turns into a wangfest. I may be wrong, and ClanRanald may have every intention of making the event have some resemblance to the period, and i...
by PaulMurphy
Wed Oct 03, 2012 9:36 pm
Forum: 410-1100
Topic: Hastings request
Replies: 2
Views: 1706

Re: Hastings request

I'm afraid the chances of that are very low - English Heritage keep close control of media access at the event, and anyone wanting to film on anything more professional than a handycam will need permission from (read: will be required to make a payment to) EH otherwise they're likely to be escorted ...
by PaulMurphy
Wed Jan 25, 2012 10:09 am
Forum: Costumes
Topic: medieval printed linen
Replies: 6
Views: 1345

Re: medieval printed linen

Ooh, that's nice... I've no idea on the company, but if you get some do let us know how it goes, and what colour you go for. I wonder if they can be persuaded to do short runs of a different pattern - it might look a bit silly if every C14th re-enactor in the UK suddenly turns up in the red and blac...

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