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by Mark GRaves
Thu May 20, 2010 9:58 am
Forum: Pictures
Topic: Rufford Abbey 15-16 May
Replies: 7
Views: 2440

Re: Rufford Abbey 15-16 May

Oops, sorry - Rock disco in the Abbey undercroft!
by Mark GRaves
Mon May 17, 2010 10:46 am
Forum: Pictures
Topic: Rufford Abbey 15-16 May
Replies: 7
Views: 2440

Rufford Abbey 15-16 May

Part of Nottinghamshire County Council's Robin Hood Month (blame Ridley Scott!) http://www.theimagefile.com/?skin=7605&Action=_VC&id=52056650&ppwd=vn6358mp (Red Zebra commercial photographers - no connection) The cast: The Albini Household - shiny knorman knickets The Household - scummy ...
by Mark GRaves
Mon May 12, 2008 9:21 am
Forum: Traders Discussion
Topic: What do you do for a living?
Replies: 21
Views: 2939

Following on from Mr LH Everything-else's observations: while returning to the UK from Belgium: Dover customs officer: "what's in the (white) van?" "Medieval encampment" "no, seriously, what's in the van" "medieval encampment". "look, I can make you unloa...
by Mark GRaves
Thu Apr 17, 2008 11:03 am
Forum: Traders Discussion
Topic: Public liability insurance
Replies: 5
Views: 1353

Try:

Gary Alexander
Beech Tree Consultancy
1 Mill Lane Bungalows, Rodmell, Sussex BN7 3HS
gary.beechtree@yahoo.co.uk

(underwritten by BLW Insurance Services.)
by Mark GRaves
Fri Feb 22, 2008 10:25 am
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Images of Joust Training
Replies: 4
Views: 858

>>> Oops my mistake, I'm actually thinking of "alexander" as above ! image of squires jousting at a quintain on a wheeled "hobby horse", early 14th C. I think it's either from Walter de Millemete - De Officiis Regum (the one with the earliest? Gun) or the Holkam Bible. CAn find m...
by Mark GRaves
Fri Oct 12, 2007 9:20 am
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Calving Crossbows
Replies: 13
Views: 3046

This reads as though the bows (prods) are broken, and I think it needs to be read in that ciontext. Could this refer to splinters or some other form of pieces breaking off due to poor quality steel etc - i.e. "calving" as in modern parlance a glacier is said to "calve" an iceberg??
by Mark GRaves
Mon Oct 01, 2007 10:47 am
Forum: Pictures
Topic: Sherwood Forest thought T'Ages - Sept 29/30
Replies: 2
Views: 982

Sherwood Forest thought T'Ages - Sept 29/30

see

http://www.theimagefile.com/?skin=7605&Action=_VC&id=111059&ppwd=mc5103kf

(commercial photographer - no connection or recommendation!)
by Mark GRaves
Fri Sep 21, 2007 9:50 am
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Norman ladies shoes
Replies: 15
Views: 2852

OK, I know that strictly speaking it's French (Paris, 1250-ish), and not England or Normandy, but the Maciejowski Bible shows horizontally striped hose (in some form) on women, peaking out between dress and shoe. Obviously this doesn't help with how high they go (below knee or above etc), but given ...
by Mark GRaves
Mon Sep 17, 2007 10:21 am
Forum: Food and Drink
Topic: Traditional School Meals help please!
Replies: 13
Views: 2910

a couple of thoughts:

luncheon meat (i.e. posh spam) salad - I can remember that was my first school dinner in the 60's

Manchester tart (I think) - baked pastry case, layer of jam, fill up with custard, sprinkle with coconut. Serve cold.

Fruit salad served with (re-)diluted condensed milk
by Mark GRaves
Fri Aug 17, 2007 2:28 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: 12th-13th C axe haft length
Replies: 3
Views: 1286

Probably about 1.5m or so judging from the following mac bible image: http://www.medievaltymes.com/courtyard/images/maciejowski/leaf16/otm16rb.gif However, in other views, they tend to be background depictions (as far as I can recall), but stand well above the heads of the throng - 2m even dependign...
by Mark GRaves
Thu Aug 09, 2007 9:27 am
Forum: 55BC-410AD
Topic: Looking for a Roman re-enactment group around Nottingham
Replies: 12
Views: 4101

University of Nottingham, or Nottingham trent? - the University of Nottingham has a living history society (with a strong medieval bias) which participates in events - go to the Freshers Fair.
by Mark GRaves
Wed Jul 11, 2007 9:05 am
Forum: 410-1100
Topic: Sutton Hoo through the Ages 14th and 15th July
Replies: 5
Views: 1670

Redwald,

while I can't make it myself, some of our lot will be there in an "official" capacity, being, well generally Norman.

PS - love the avatar!
by Mark GRaves
Fri Jun 01, 2007 9:54 am
Forum: General History
Topic: Shield strapping arrangement
Replies: 9
Views: 2003

Heater - as the above picture - 2 straps (enarmes) plus guige if required. On mine the top (hand grip ) strap is closer to the top corner of the shield than the above. Guige uses the top rivet of each enarme, rather than being rivetted separately. I tend to put a buckle on the lower enarm - may not ...
by Mark GRaves
Mon May 14, 2007 9:27 am
Forum: Costumes
Topic: How do you pad your helmet?
Replies: 96
Views: 8651

What period? I generally tend toward the "period materials" approach - i.e. no modern foam. 1066-thru to at least late 13th century, you don't - you pad your head, arming cap of approriate thickness, with or without a "donut" (for want of a better term!) around the brow line for ...
by Mark GRaves
Thu Mar 22, 2007 11:29 am
Forum: Food and Drink
Topic: probably a daft question on cochineal
Replies: 15
Views: 3263

Yes, it's OK to eat, provided you are not a vegatarian of course (or should that be "provided that you are insectiverous of course").
Serioulsy though, it's OK to eat provided you have no qualms about the source.
by Mark GRaves
Fri Jan 05, 2007 1:04 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: A case for redefining standards ?
Replies: 51
Views: 4007

OK, for once I'm going to stick my neck out on this issue...just to see what discussion ensues :wink: nice idea, however..... Presumably, if sewing machines are to be "banned", there is a ready supply of seamstresses available (at reasonable cost) that are willing and capable of generally ...
by Mark GRaves
Fri Dec 22, 2006 10:54 am
Forum: Book, Film, TV & Music Reviews
Topic: A Tudor Feast!!
Replies: 8
Views: 1128

Excellent programme, even if they did cut away or hide some of the butchery (expected in these PC times).
by Mark GRaves
Wed Sep 27, 2006 4:18 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: Medieval Lighting
Replies: 27
Views: 5012

I've seen a variant for sale that uses rawhide (dog chew - soak, flatten, cut to size) instead of horn.

Not as authentic, but cheaper and easier to work.

Just don't get it damp.
by Mark GRaves
Wed Sep 27, 2006 4:17 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: Medieval Lighting
Replies: 27
Views: 5012

I've seen a variant for sale that uses rawhide (dog chew - soak, flatten, cut to size) instead of horn.

Not as authentic, but cheaper and easier to work.

Just don't get it damp.
by Mark GRaves
Fri Sep 22, 2006 1:18 pm
Forum: 410-1100
Topic: Paging Hazel Uzzell --- message for Hazel Uzzell
Replies: 9
Views: 2121

roger,

most of what you need wrt authenticity etc etc should be here:

http://hastings.vikingsonline.org.uk

contact details for queries etc are on the bottom of the "guides" page.
by Mark GRaves
Thu May 25, 2006 12:50 pm
Forum: Food and Drink
Topic: Medieval bread recipes
Replies: 18
Views: 4058

Buy a bag of "Doves Farm" spelt* flour - recipe for roman army bread on the pack.

*anceiet strain of wheat.

easy to make - no kneading or knocking back, short proving time (30 mins) but it does say that it's not breadmaker friendly.

Stocked by some supermarkets.

m.
by Mark GRaves
Thu Apr 27, 2006 10:29 am
Forum: Food and Drink
Topic: Cheese and bacteria!
Replies: 34
Views: 5863

Moorlands (http://www.cheesemaking.co.uk/) does various starter cultures mail order.

m.
by Mark GRaves
Thu Apr 27, 2006 10:28 am
Forum: Food and Drink
Topic: Cheese and bacteria!
Replies: 34
Views: 5863

Moorlands (http://www.cheesemaking.co.uk/) does various starter cultures mail order.

m.
by Mark GRaves
Fri Apr 07, 2006 3:29 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Do you work on a stand or cut from a pattern?
Replies: 38
Views: 6817

I feel a bit strange posting here as the vast majority of the content seems to come from "the ladies". I measure then chalk driectly onto the cloth - no pattern - but then most of the stuff for our period is loose T-tunic based, so there's not a lot that can go wrong. I realise that the tailoring of...
by Mark GRaves
Wed Apr 05, 2006 2:23 pm
Forum: Food and Drink
Topic: Medieval Restaurants
Replies: 6
Views: 2317

You want "Olde Hansa" in Tallin, Estonia.

See www.oldehansa.ee

Some of the dishes may seem a bit "touristyfied" when you read the menu, but the whole things works a treat.

m.

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