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by behanner
Sat Feb 06, 2016 6:02 am
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Wars of the Roses: Evidence for a German house?
Replies: 5
Views: 2834

Re: Wars of the Roses: Evidence for a German house?

So the other guys explained why it would be highly unlikely such a person to be a mercenary in the WOR is extremely unlikely. The campaigns are relatively short and generally not well planned, so even if there was an opportunity by the time the news reached Bavaria and were able get up there and cro...
by behanner
Mon Nov 24, 2014 5:37 am
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Waxed linen gaiters
Replies: 8
Views: 2711

Re: Waxed linen gaiters

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by behanner
Thu Jan 03, 2013 9:55 am
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Patent Rolls or Patent Letters of Nobility
Replies: 5
Views: 2225

Re: Patent Rolls or Patent Letters of Nobility

The earliest I was able to find is consistent with Ranulf's statement from July 1 1389. It is printed in the Foedera.
by behanner
Thu Jan 03, 2013 9:51 am
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Fighting priests
Replies: 32
Views: 8541

Re: Fighting priests

For much of the 15th century their were potential arrays of Clergy in England for defense of the realm there is an article about it during the early part of the century. Someone else can check the sources but one of the men in charge of part of the coastal watch against the Arrival campaign of Edwar...
by behanner
Thu Aug 09, 2012 9:21 am
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: 15th century Linen doublet sources
Replies: 110
Views: 22250

Re: 15th century Linen doublet sources

American so I had never heard of moleskin before but interesting.

Anyone have ready access to the sumptuary law of 1463(?) handy and what it says, I have it somewhere but all my books are literally stacked in the corner.

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by behanner
Wed Aug 08, 2012 5:34 am
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: 15th century Linen doublet sources
Replies: 110
Views: 22250

Re: 15th century Linen doublet sources

Based on this book http://books.google.com/books?id=YzS8AAAAIAAJ and looking at the use of the word fustian and fustians I'm going to guess they are a linen/wool fabric. Which makes sense I suppose.
by behanner
Wed Aug 08, 2012 1:53 am
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: 15th century Linen doublet sources
Replies: 110
Views: 22250

Re: 15th century Linen doublet sources

The big question I have about linen doublets is this. It is my understanding that linen does not dye well or hold color well and we are often seeing colored doublets. Does someone know something more about dying linen or are we assuming that all the doublets we have depicted are upper class enough t...
by behanner
Thu Jun 14, 2012 6:03 am
Forum: General History
Topic: Words to historical war chants
Replies: 18
Views: 5827

Re: Words to historical war chants

No that link goes directly to it, the only way I could have been more explicit would have been to copy and paste it.
If I hadn't been surprised that no one had ever mentioned that book when I found it then I probably wouldn't have bothered but it has lots of info in it.
by behanner
Mon Nov 21, 2011 10:47 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Marriage, a fate worse than death?........
Replies: 11
Views: 2988

Re: Marriage, a fate worse than death?........

Reference?
by behanner
Fri Mar 25, 2011 11:28 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Learning Middle English
Replies: 15
Views: 2789

Re: Learning Middle English

Maybe a daft question. How do you know that how they wrote it down was how they spoke? It is only daft because because I don't actually know, I just read the people who study this stuff from time to time. To make a big complicated thing simple, they look at spelling variation particularly by the sa...
by behanner
Wed Mar 23, 2011 11:08 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Learning Middle English
Replies: 15
Views: 2789

Re: Learning Middle English

Theoretically the spelling is the pronounciation in Middle English. It just may or may not be how we pronounce it. And there are studies on these variations. There is actually an atlas that breaks it all down by regions and what not. The reading it phonetically for modern readers is just a way to ap...
by behanner
Wed Mar 23, 2011 7:30 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Learning Middle English
Replies: 15
Views: 2789

Re: Learning Middle English

I'm not sure how much of that one is American vs British pronounciation and how much of it is just being flexible in pronounciation. There will always be words that are difficult or odd and that is what the MED is for.
by behanner
Wed Mar 23, 2011 6:56 am
Forum: General History
Topic: Medieval Sport
Replies: 12
Views: 3981

Re: Medieval Sport

There was a really good set of articles on the early history of football in Britain written by a guy name Magoun. As has been said descriptions indicate medieval football is more akin to rugby then soccer. There is however description in the miracles of Henry VI at the end of the 15th century that c...
by behanner
Wed Mar 23, 2011 6:42 am
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Learning Middle English
Replies: 15
Views: 2789

Re: Learning Middle English

The key to Middle English is realizing that it is spoken language written down, whereas modern English is the opposite. So one of the keys to reading Middle English is to sound out the letters instead of looking at them as a word. Most native English speakers do fine reading Middle English this way ...
by behanner
Wed Mar 23, 2011 6:29 am
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: 15th century burgundian coins
Replies: 11
Views: 3252

Re: 15th century burgundian coins

Contact Wolfe Argent they have had coins made and own a die.
by behanner
Fri Jan 07, 2011 10:23 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: City of Norwich Militia 1355.
Replies: 4
Views: 1214

Re: City of Norwich Militia 1355.

I'm in US CST so it wasn't for me.
by behanner
Fri Jan 07, 2011 8:20 am
Forum: General History
Topic: Warrior battle quotes/War prayers.
Replies: 17
Views: 10690

Re: Warrior battle quotes/War prayers.

And amongst other things which I noted as said at that time, a certain knight, Sir Walter Hungerford, expressed a desire to the king's face that he might have had, added to the little company he already had with him, ten thousand of the best archers in England who would have been only too glad A not...
by behanner
Fri Jan 07, 2011 1:01 am
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: City of Norwich Militia 1355.
Replies: 4
Views: 1214

Re: City of Norwich Militia 1355.

Militia probably is a poor term.
If you haven't already read Military Obligation in Medieval England you should.
You should look for terms like watch and ward and hue and cry in the documents of the town.
by behanner
Fri Oct 29, 2010 7:05 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Rivelins/Cuarans/Pampooties
Replies: 26
Views: 4934

Re: Rivelins/Cuarans/Pampooties

Do you mean that you don't think that they were part of a fashion or that they weren't worn without shoes? That they were not commonly worn without shoes and based on a couple images I saw I'd suspect if they were worn without shoes they were worn with leather footed hose. But that is not to say th...
by behanner
Wed Oct 27, 2010 8:51 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Rivelins/Cuarans/Pampooties
Replies: 26
Views: 4934

Re: Rivelins/Cuarans/Pampooties

Colin Middleton wrote: So what's your take on the leather soled pattens?


I don't have a take on them but I don't see any evidence that it was a fashion to wear them with just hose and no shoes.
by behanner
Tue Oct 26, 2010 7:36 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Rivelins/Cuarans/Pampooties
Replies: 26
Views: 4934

Re: Rivelins/Cuarans/Pampooties

I'm curious as to what you base the idea that it was fasion to just wear hosen with leather pattens during the period of the WOR. I'm going to go and check art work but I'm interested in what that is based on. MoL Shoes and Pattens book, I believe. I don't think there is much basis for calling it a...
by behanner
Fri Oct 22, 2010 6:41 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Rivelins/Cuarans/Pampooties
Replies: 26
Views: 4934

Re: Rivelins/Cuarans/Pampooties

There was a fashion in the WotR period for hosen and leather pattens. The pattens are described in the MoL Shoes and Pattens book and are basically 5 layers of thick leather with a strap over the top (kind of like flip-flops). You then wear footed hosen and these lift you out of the mud. Another po...
by behanner
Thu Oct 14, 2010 10:21 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Sleeping bag/bed/bag thing!
Replies: 25
Views: 3565

Re: Sleeping bag/bed/bag thing!

narvek wrote:Re soldiers need of bedding: when you're on enemy area, just pillage the village and voilá lots of space to sleep comfortably...

That may be how things go in central Europe but that isn't the English way of doing things.
by behanner
Thu Oct 14, 2010 8:13 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Sleeping bag/bed/bag thing!
Replies: 25
Views: 3565

Re: Sleeping bag/bed/bag thing!

I'm skeptical in general about soldiers especially in English WOR campaigns carrying anything specifically for bedding. I suspect it was much more a situation of doing with what was availible for the night then anything. If you were going to be in a place for a while such as a siege things might be ...
by behanner
Mon Oct 11, 2010 9:06 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Sleeping bag/bed/bag thing!
Replies: 25
Views: 3565

Re: Sleeping bag/bed/bag thing!

Those shown being carried by soldiers in 15th century art are smaller then those shown above and are shown being carried over a polearm, bow, or staff being carried over the shoulder.
by behanner
Tue Sep 21, 2010 12:02 am
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: ladies hair
Replies: 43
Views: 7559

Re: ladies hair

I've never seen it or heard of it in that period and frankly I don't think it fits the mode of the period. I suspect it comes to re-enactors as a combination of 20th century use as a punishment combined with the fact that Joan of arc in movies is always shown wearing short hair while getting burned...
by behanner
Mon Sep 20, 2010 10:16 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: ladies hair
Replies: 43
Views: 7559

Re: ladies hair

Roger Hart in "Witchcraft" states that before a witch was pricked ; that is using a needle to discover hidden devil's marks, the witchs whole body was shaved. The reasons for this were three fold: "the suspect may have tiny hidden amulets concealed on her; the devil might be hiding i...
by behanner
Thu Sep 16, 2010 8:27 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: ladies hair
Replies: 43
Views: 7559

Re: ladies hair

I've never seen it or heard of it in that period and frankly I don't think it fits the mode of the period. I suspect it comes to re-enactors as a combination of 20th century use as a punishment combined with the fact that Joan of arc in movies is always shown wearing short hair while getting burned ...
by behanner
Tue Sep 14, 2010 11:59 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: ladies hair
Replies: 43
Views: 7559

Re: ladies hair

Sophia, yes and no, Old Testament law without a doubt influenced Canon law on this but it is very unlikely that anyone except the canonist who was in charge of the court would have known that and by the end of the Middle Ages it was just part of the culture.

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