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by Medicus Matt
Sun Apr 30, 2017 6:08 pm
Forum: 55BC-410AD
Topic: roman shafron supplier?
Replies: 2
Views: 205

Re: roman shafron supplier?

Do you mean chamfron?
by Medicus Matt
Sun Apr 23, 2017 7:26 pm
Forum: 410-1100
Topic: Warp weighted looms
Replies: 3
Views: 277

Re: Warp weighted looms

I've made 4.
by Medicus Matt
Tue Feb 14, 2017 10:34 pm
Forum: 55BC-410AD
Topic: Dished round shields
Replies: 3
Views: 559

Re: Dished round shields

Dingo8MyBaby wrote:Anyone know someone who makes blanks of dished round shields in the UK?


All you had to do was ask....
by Medicus Matt
Wed Feb 01, 2017 10:43 pm
Forum: 410-1100
Topic: The easy and authentic way to speak "old English"
Replies: 12
Views: 495

Re: The easy and authentic way to speak "old English"

A lot of information on the Internet giving Roman military commands and other words that are employed in some reenactments. never heard them Matt? Fortunately we can use both Old and Middle English in Living History, as I demonstrated above. I said "No more than Roman reenactors use latin as t...
by Medicus Matt
Mon Jan 30, 2017 10:32 pm
Forum: 410-1100
Topic: The easy and authentic way to speak "old English"
Replies: 12
Views: 495

Re: The easy and authentic way to speak "old English"

In more than two decades of re-enacting 410-1066, I've never once encountered anybody trying to converse with MOPs using Old English. I've heard it spoken at events, just to given an example of how it might have sounded (I'm in the same group as Stephen Pollington so we all learn a bit just by osmos...
by Medicus Matt
Sun Dec 11, 2016 8:52 pm
Forum: Friends and Gossip
Topic: Should history be fictional?
Replies: 15
Views: 1720

Re: Should history be fictional?

Your primary responsibility might to be to the client but you also have to think of your members. Re-enactors give their time for free and get cheesed off doing events they don't enjoy. I was assuming that the group leader/business manager/Il Duce/whatever would already have taken that into account...
by Medicus Matt
Mon Dec 05, 2016 10:50 pm
Forum: 410-1100
Topic: River Tees Viking Helmet?
Replies: 7
Views: 1591

Re: River Tees Viking Helmet?

As far as I know, no.
Of course, the jury is still very much out as to whether it's genuine or not.
It's currently being 'evaluated'. I've told them what to look for and told then that there's enough interest to crowdfund a proper analysis of it.

We'll see.
by Medicus Matt
Mon Oct 17, 2016 2:51 pm
Forum: 410-1100
Topic: Can we please clear this up once and for all
Replies: 3
Views: 486

Re: Can we please clear this up once and for all

The tapestry has only shown an arrow in the eye of that figure since the 19th century, following a 'restoration'. Engravings and other illustrations of the tapestry dating to the 18th century show it as a spear being held by the alleged "Harold" figure and it is still possible to see stitc...
by Medicus Matt
Fri Oct 07, 2016 9:14 pm
Forum: Buy and Sell
Topic: WTB: "Crusader Faceplate Helm"
Replies: 2
Views: 296

Re: WTB: "Crusader Faceplate Helm"

by Medicus Matt
Wed Oct 05, 2016 4:12 pm
Forum: Friends and Gossip
Topic: Hastings
Replies: 4
Views: 723

Re: Hastings

......

It's going to be quiet then?
by Medicus Matt
Fri Sep 30, 2016 5:24 pm
Forum: 55BC-410AD
Topic: Miniature Weapons in Roman Britain
Replies: 3
Views: 520

Re: Miniature Weapons in Roman Britain

Go to the PAS database and use "votive" and "axe" as search terms.
Like this:-

https://finds.org.uk/database/search/re ... votive+axe
by Medicus Matt
Thu Sep 22, 2016 7:30 pm
Forum: Buy and Sell
Topic: WTB Shield boss
Replies: 5
Views: 386

Re: WTB Shield boss

Jason is my first choice when I want something made to a specific grave spec.

Iron Age ....covers a big chunk of time though...and bosses do change a lot.
by Medicus Matt
Mon Sep 19, 2016 8:52 pm
Forum: Buy and Sell
Topic: WLTB Rivets
Replies: 5
Views: 352

Re: WLTB Rivets

If you're in the West Midlands then go directly to Edwards Metals because they'll let you just buy by weight :-
http://www.edwardsmetals.co.uk/products.php

Otherwise, Sapphire/The Rivet Supply Company :-
http://www.sapphireproducts.co.uk/
by Medicus Matt
Fri Sep 16, 2016 7:46 pm
Forum: Food and Drink
Topic: Anglo-Saxon cooking
Replies: 5
Views: 1033

Re: Anglo-Saxon cooking

It's an interesting read but not worth £35. If it''s just recipies you want then Savelli's book is good value at £6:- http://www.asbooks.co.uk/t%20Tastes-anglo-saxon-england.htm If it's a detailed study of food production etc of the period then you can't beat Ann Hagen:- http://www.asbooks.co.uk/t%2...
by Medicus Matt
Sun Sep 04, 2016 4:26 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Dark Age waist bags
Replies: 2
Views: 453

Re: Dark Age waist bags

I've made a few, yes. Whilst some of the originals had hoops of ivory (which may be elephant or it may be mammoth ivory), some are iron and it doesn't seem unreasonable to suggest that other materials might be used, especially as they were (based on the evidence from West Heslerton) completely conce...
by Medicus Matt
Fri Jul 29, 2016 10:46 am
Forum: 410-1100
Topic: Hastings contacts
Replies: 8
Views: 1188

Re: Hastings contacts

With a few exceptions, it's a lottery this year because of the cap on numbers, and it seems that lottery has already taken place.
From what I've heard from groups who haven't been succesful, there's a lot of good quality that won't be invited to take part this year.
by Medicus Matt
Fri Jul 29, 2016 10:43 am
Forum: Buy and Sell
Topic: WTB guy ropes ! anyone doing them ?
Replies: 1
Views: 293

Re: WTB guy ropes ! anyone doing them ?

Buy in bulk from Bristol Rope and Twine and make your own?
http://www.bristolrope.co.uk/
by Medicus Matt
Mon Jul 25, 2016 9:45 pm
Forum: Friends and Gossip
Topic: Should history be fictional?
Replies: 15
Views: 1720

Re: Should history be fictional?

If people are going to re-enact do they have a responsibility to the public to be authentic or does it not matter because it's just entertainment? The primary responsibility is to the client. If the client is hiring you to entertain, entertain. Although entertainment and education needn't be mutual...
by Medicus Matt
Fri Jul 01, 2016 8:18 am
Forum: 410-1100
Topic: Posting weapons to Denmark
Replies: 3
Views: 703

Re: Posting weapons to Denmark

As it's an axe and therefore a tool, it's probably okay to post as long as you satisfy the post office requirements of covering the blade and making sure it's securely packaged. Might be best to get him to check with the local police though, as Denmark has very, very strict rules on both the ownersh...
by Medicus Matt
Mon Feb 22, 2016 9:25 pm
Forum: Friends and Gossip
Topic: Shame about the shoes
Replies: 11
Views: 1465

Re: Shame about the shoes

Don't some clients such as EH discourage the MOPs from turning up in 'costume'? Generally speaking the only costumed MOPs I see are children (which is never an issue as they are clearly not meant to be authentic are accompanied by non costumed parents) but we did have an issue with some people who ...
by Medicus Matt
Wed Dec 02, 2015 10:49 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: lance suppliers
Replies: 11
Views: 1003

Re: lance suppliers

Whitney Sawmills, Hay on Wye. Ask for Luke Hemmings. He sorted me out with ash and poplar poles and planks last year.
They've got a very, very wide range and Luke's very interested in history, reenactment etc.
by Medicus Matt
Mon Nov 30, 2015 10:19 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: lance suppliers
Replies: 11
Views: 1003

Re: lance suppliers

Mark Griffin wrote:its basically non european poplar


No it isn't.
by Medicus Matt
Tue Nov 17, 2015 8:42 am
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Authentic style clothing for 1197
Replies: 21
Views: 1658

Re: Authentic style clothing for 1197

Your character could join a re-enactment society, members of which would either have second hand kit which she could borrow/buy or would help her to make her own.
by Medicus Matt
Wed Oct 07, 2015 7:46 am
Forum: General History
Topic: Who Made The Best Cannons, & Cannon Plans
Replies: 23
Views: 1956

Re: Who Made The Best Cannons, & Cannon Plans

Flapapancakes wrote:
You've been extraordinarily helpful, thank you. Do you have modern plans, or did you just the feel the need to speak?


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by Medicus Matt
Sat Sep 19, 2015 6:59 pm
Forum: 55BC-410AD
Topic: Planked Shield Without Reenforcement?
Replies: 4
Views: 871

Re: Planked Shield Without Reenforcement?

Rawhide front and back will, weight for weight, be the most effective combination.

Leather on the back would be better than nothing at all but why would you?
by Medicus Matt
Fri Sep 11, 2015 8:39 am
Forum: 55BC-410AD
Topic: Planked Shield Without Reenforcement?
Replies: 4
Views: 871

Re: Planked Shield Without Reenforcement?

The Dura Europos shields, like all late Roman and early medieval shields are made from a single layer of thin planks with butted edged which are glued together, presumably with a cassein glue (which does an excellent job, creating a join that can be stronger than the planks). The planks are thin and...
by Medicus Matt
Sun Jul 05, 2015 4:58 pm
Forum: 1900 onwards
Topic: MYSTERY ITEM! Possibly Military?! Help Appreciated!
Replies: 7
Views: 1047

Re: MYSTERY ITEM! Possibly Military?! Help Appreciated!

No offense to your mum, but as I can find several examples all dated to the 19th century, perhaps she was talking about the 'Pyrene' type of fire extinguisher, which has a round bottom, not a concave one? Like this? http://www.ebay.com/itm/Vintage-COPPER-Brass-Hand-Fire-Extinguisher-PYRENE-Newark-NJ...
by Medicus Matt
Thu Jul 02, 2015 8:09 pm
Forum: 1900 onwards
Topic: MYSTERY ITEM! Possibly Military?! Help Appreciated!
Replies: 7
Views: 1047

Re: MYSTERY ITEM! Possibly Military?! Help Appreciated!

It's a 19th century hot water bottle.
by Medicus Matt
Tue Jun 23, 2015 7:32 am
Forum: Book, Film, TV & Music Reviews
Topic: The English Resistance
Replies: 5
Views: 733

Re: The English Resistance

There are lots of novels about Hereward and the English Resistance, including an ongoing series by James Swift.

"The Normans invaded and the Anglo-Saxons simply gave up. Really????"

Does anybody think that?

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