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by DeviantShrub
Sat Nov 03, 2012 3:53 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: Pilgrims Routes in England
Replies: 7
Views: 1849

Re: Pilgrims Routes in England

Have you considered contacting the Confraternity of St James? As well as opening up and maintaining pilgrimage routes, they have a keen interest in the history of Christian pilgrimage, both here and in Europe. http://www.csj.org.uk/
by DeviantShrub
Fri Sep 21, 2012 2:00 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: New Group seeking Questions
Replies: 6
Views: 1421

Re: New Group seeking Questions

Children's clothes are really easy to make for the early medieval period. If you can make a grown up tunic and coif you can certainly make one for a small person and with far less time and fabric. The Medieval Tailor's Assistant will give you a bit of a steer for the latter end of the period but pat...
by DeviantShrub
Fri Sep 09, 2011 1:53 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Gardecorps or similar? Late 12th / early 13thC evidence?
Replies: 3
Views: 738

Re: Gardecorps or similar? Late 12th / early 13thC evidence?

Ah, I'm not wedded to the sleeveless/strange dangling sleeved overdress concept. I think I know what you mean by this: Very occasionally (particularly around 1130 - 1150) this type of overdress has short sleeves showing the underdress beneath . That sort of thing would work for me just as well I rec...
by DeviantShrub
Fri Sep 09, 2011 1:05 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Gardecorps or similar? Late 12th / early 13thC evidence?
Replies: 3
Views: 738

Gardecorps or similar? Late 12th / early 13thC evidence?

Does anyone happen to know if there’s any pre-1250s evidence for women wearing a ‘gardecorps’ or similar garment? I think (though cannot quote the sources off the top of my head) that there are manuscript pictures of men in such clothes from the late 12thC onwards but for women I can’t think of anyt...
by DeviantShrub
Mon Aug 18, 2008 4:51 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: BERNE 2008
Replies: 11
Views: 1345

It was that good (the exhibition that is - can't say about the joust etc as we weren't in the right place at the right time for that). In fact it was so good, we're considering a trip to Brugge next year to see it again. We also have the catalogue (in French) - just couldn't wait a year for the Engl...
by DeviantShrub
Fri May 30, 2008 9:04 am
Forum: General History
Topic: Period plant growing
Replies: 35
Views: 4138

Type16 wrote:
Anybody know where we can get some Mandrake in the UK? Roots, seeds, plants ??


You can buy seeds frm Nicky's Seeds: http://www.nickys-nursery.co.uk/seeds/p ... 2.htm#H169
by DeviantShrub
Fri May 30, 2008 8:49 am
Forum: General History
Topic: Period plant growing
Replies: 35
Views: 4138

Craig - thank you - that's a list worth saving. But still no pea hints. Interestingingly, whilst on a browse of Google I stumbled across this: In the 12th century, among other foods stored at the famous old Barking Nunnery, near London, were "green peas for Lent." http://plantanswers.tamu....
by DeviantShrub
Thu May 29, 2008 1:45 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: Period plant growing
Replies: 35
Views: 4138

Before I start harrassing people at the Heritage Seed Library, is there anyone out there who knows what sort of variety of pea I should be looking at growing to be accurate for the medieval period (ideally 12thC, but I am willing to be flexible!). I already have a good collection of herbs and greens...
by DeviantShrub
Tue Apr 22, 2008 8:23 am
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Tracking haberdashery shops
Replies: 71
Views: 28179

frances wrote:Two more Croydon closures. A little sewing/kniting shop in St Georges Walk is about to close down, and the haberdashery/crafts department in Turtles will soon go too.


:( Oh no. I used to almost live in those shops when I lived in Croydon. Is the rest of Turtles staying open?
by DeviantShrub
Tue Apr 08, 2008 8:45 am
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: BERNE 2008
Replies: 11
Views: 1345

I think we might manage to visit this. We'll have a few days to spare in that vague area of Europe this summer.

Thanks for the alert.
by DeviantShrub
Tue Mar 18, 2008 9:41 am
Forum: Costumes
Topic: How to make clothes look worn...
Replies: 32
Views: 2175

How about wearing kit to do the gardening or cleaning? I frequently seem to trash modern clothes doing both.
by DeviantShrub
Thu Feb 14, 2008 10:11 am
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Cotton in period
Replies: 213
Views: 13470

Ariarnia, please would you check this out (perhaps ask the lecturer by email?). To the best of my knowledge, it's really unusual for bows of any type to survive archaeologically, and this is a completely new one on me (though there are undoubtedly others here who know far more about surviving bows t...
by DeviantShrub
Fri Jan 04, 2008 1:31 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Shelter for Riff Raff
Replies: 42
Views: 4348

Are you talking WOTR or Norman or something in between?
by DeviantShrub
Fri Dec 21, 2007 10:12 am
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Preparing fabric
Replies: 30
Views: 1620

I'd just like to know where you find these mythical dry cleaners who will touch anything home-made?! I don't bother pre-washing wool but then I try not to bother washing it once it's made up either. Woollens all get aired on the line and any mud brushed off - but if it's that muddy I hike my skirts ...
by DeviantShrub
Wed Nov 28, 2007 4:12 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Boots etc.
Replies: 41
Views: 2892

There are supposed to be riding boots upto your mid thigh. If you're looking for posing kit, I'd limit yourself to calf height boots. Why would any one want anything higher? Because they look good. :mrgreen::mrgreen::twisted: I surely can't be the only woman out there with a fetish about men in Big...
by DeviantShrub
Thu Nov 01, 2007 12:54 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Whose side are you on?
Replies: 46
Views: 3818

We don't re-enact WOTR. One of the things holding us back is the issue of sides: one of us is a staunch Yorkist, the other a long-term Lancastrian.

I swear it's the only issue in the entire relationship on which we disagree!
by DeviantShrub
Fri Oct 26, 2007 2:38 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: obscure saints
Replies: 53
Views: 5605

Cumbria just seemed to be to be a fair old way from Wimbourne, that's all. I would love to know if anyone else discovers churches or shrines or anything linked to her over here.
by DeviantShrub
Fri Oct 26, 2007 2:00 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: obscure saints
Replies: 53
Views: 5605

Leoba? The link in my previous post is to her "Life" written by Rudolf of Fulda. She was a nun, born in Wessex in the 8th Century. She was part of Boniface's missionary party in Germany, where she founded several nunneries, eventually ending up as Abbess of Bischofsheim. She was learned wo...
by DeviantShrub
Fri Oct 26, 2007 12:13 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: obscure saints
Replies: 53
Views: 5605

My favourite (not that obscure, but not really venerated in England to the best of my knowledge) is St Leoba . I had a soft spot for her since reading her 'life' when studying hagiography some years ago, so much so that I took the name for my own internet pseudonym. I think more friends know me as L...
by DeviantShrub
Thu Oct 25, 2007 8:36 am
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: your favorit sites/buildings
Replies: 25
Views: 1905

Copying and pasting my post from this thread ;) Rievaulx Abbey has been my favourite place for a long time. It totally made my year to do a show there over Easter. http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v483/LeobaVorima/Rievaulx2007/Rievaulx2007-34.jpg http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v483/LeobaVorima/R...
by DeviantShrub
Mon Oct 08, 2007 9:46 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Gores - Or how to lose one's sanity in one easy lesson
Replies: 32
Views: 2694

Practice, is the short answer. There are some hints and tips in this thread worth reading though: http://livinghistory.co.uk/forums/viewtopic.php?t=8336&highlight=gores I cut straight slits and sort of top stitch the top centimetre or so on either side into place. If the fabric is prone to frayi...
by DeviantShrub
Mon Oct 08, 2007 9:05 am
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Age
Replies: 31
Views: 3945

Eleanor of Aquitaine: 1122-1204 (died aged 82), so close.
by DeviantShrub
Mon Oct 08, 2007 8:58 am
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Age
Replies: 31
Views: 3945

Re: Age

Given that most people probably did not get married until that age I doubt whether 25 is realistic. Perhaps someone could do some maths based on population growth. Of course factors like the black death make a great impact just once so do they count? I agree with that statement. To get a fair impre...
by DeviantShrub
Thu Oct 04, 2007 8:23 am
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Sheepskins
Replies: 99
Views: 9451

Fox wrote:I sleep on an airbed, but my tent is closed too. When the public are gone I eat modern food, with a fork! :shock:


More shocking than that, I put sheepskins on an airbed!
by DeviantShrub
Thu Sep 27, 2007 11:35 am
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Sheepskins
Replies: 99
Views: 9451

However talking of floor-covering for tents, speaking/writing as someone who'd like to let the public look in their authenty tent next season, what would be an appropriate yet practical option? IMO; Straw, hey, bracken. If you was right posh, maybe planks, some hemp matting? King Stephen at the sie...
by DeviantShrub
Thu Sep 27, 2007 8:30 am
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Sheepskins
Replies: 99
Views: 9451

if you eat mutton you have a spare sheep skin seams a shame to waste it and its nice getting out of bed on a cold morning and having a warm fleese on the floor See, it's the on the floor concept I don't get (and have never seen except in the 1970s), but maybe that's because my tent isn't big enough...
by DeviantShrub
Wed Sep 26, 2007 11:49 am
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Sheepskins
Replies: 99
Views: 9451

Lucy, at great risk of sounding silly - I sort of assumed that sheep had greater value with their skins on (i.e. producing lots of lovely wool year after year to turn into clothes)? However talking of floor-covering for tents, speaking/writing as someone who'd like to let the public look in their au...
by DeviantShrub
Wed Sep 26, 2007 11:10 am
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Sheepskins
Replies: 99
Views: 9451

Brother Ranulf - thank you for sharing that.

As someone whose ancestors were almost invariably shepherds (at least as far back as we know) it's an especially interesting subject!
by DeviantShrub
Fri Sep 21, 2007 8:48 am
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Norman ladies shoes
Replies: 15
Views: 988

First up, in the absence of facial expression, I'm not nit-picking, I'm genuinely curious!. Amidst the great long tract telling us how wide-read you are, you've given one quote from Marie de France's "Lai de Yonek" to support the argument that women didn't wear hose. Maybe I'm easily disap...

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