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by Alan E
Tue Apr 11, 2017 8:55 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Who will be at the end-May B'hol event at Leeds castle?
Replies: 0
Views: 55

Who will be at the end-May B'hol event at Leeds castle?

Wondering who will be at Leeds Castle for the end May 'Grand Medieval Joust event (27 - 29 May)?

Alan
by Alan E
Mon Mar 27, 2017 11:45 am
Forum: Sponsors: Adverts and Announcements
Topic: IHLF - Cressing Temple 8th & 9th April
Replies: 1
Views: 209

Re: IHLF - Cressing Temple 8th & 9th April

Redders wrote:Living History groups putting on displays outside

Beautiful Site too.

The Company of Exiles will be there, demonstrating the arts of Fiore.

Who else can we look forward to meeting at the fair and outside? :D
by Alan E
Thu Feb 09, 2017 12:52 pm
Forum: Friends and Gossip
Topic: No Comments, very disappointing.
Replies: 8
Views: 437

Re: No Comments, very disappointing.

It is not uncommon for people not to comment on posts like these. Don't know why it is just a thing. But the view count is very good and says the posts are worthwhile. Presumably because, though the article may be interesting, people don't have any specific question or comment to make and threads w...
by Alan E
Mon Feb 06, 2017 2:19 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: Being anti-social in Medieval England.
Replies: 9
Views: 353

Re: Being anti-social in Medieval England.

In many villages, whether land was held as part of a feudal obligation or as free land it would have been 'mixed in' with other's holdings: That is the ownership was not of any particular piece of land but of a number of 'strips' in the fields. The village decided as a community, which fields were g...
by Alan E
Wed Dec 28, 2016 1:56 pm
Forum: Friends and Gossip
Topic: MERRY XMAS
Replies: 2
Views: 218

Re: MERRY XMAS

Same to you! :D
by Alan E
Fri Nov 25, 2016 5:52 pm
Forum: Buy and Sell
Topic: Black Friday Sale anywhere?
Replies: 3
Views: 330

Re: Black Friday Sale anywhere?

dan_vasey wrote:Perhaps this is not the correct place to post so apologies if not, but does anyone know of anywhere selling reenactment gear with Black Friday sales?

https://www.theknightshop.com/?mc_cid=5c4b6871b0&mc_eid=9f005585df
by Alan E
Thu Jul 28, 2016 9:27 am
Forum: General History
Topic: English Heritage want a new Olympic sport
Replies: 7
Views: 1171

Re: English Heritage want a new Olympic sport

Phil, that is surely conflating quarterstaff with Silver's short staff? Different beasts (despite what the Victorians called it)? Edit: Ah yes! as acknowledged in the linked article: In this essay, I suggest that the sport of quarterstaff fencing as practised between 1870 and 1898 was not a direct, ...
by Alan E
Wed Jul 27, 2016 5:40 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: English Heritage want a new Olympic sport
Replies: 7
Views: 1171

Re: English Heritage want a new Olympic sport

Wouldn't quarterstaff be a bit more feasible? Quarterstaff wasn't typically used wearing appropriate protective equipment though. I don't think modern western audiences would generally be in favour of slow-mo footage of what just happened to one competitor's skull when 8' of 2" diameter oak co...
by Alan E
Fri Feb 05, 2016 4:13 pm
Forum: 1603-1715
Topic: civilian weapons
Replies: 3
Views: 655

Re: civilian weapons

According to Terry Brown ('English Martial Arts' 1997 p15) the chronicler Holinshed, in 1536 wrote: "Seldom shall you see one of my countrymen above eighteen or twenty yeares old to go without a dagger at least at his backe or his side, although they are aged burgesses or magistrates of a citie...
by Alan E
Thu Jan 21, 2016 6:24 pm
Forum: 1715-1810
Topic: Zulu War reenactment
Replies: 4
Views: 626

Re: Zulu War reenactment

And have I seen one walking dahn the City Road?
by Alan E
Mon Jan 11, 2016 12:57 pm
Forum: 55BC-410AD
Topic: Smash The Toilet!
Replies: 2
Views: 721

Re: Smash The Toilet!

From the linked article Piers Mitchell said: "Modern research has shown that toilets, clean drinking water and removing faeces from the streets all decrease risk of infectious disease and parasites. So we might expect the prevalence of faecal oral parasites such as whipworm and roundworm to dro...
by Alan E
Fri Oct 23, 2015 9:21 am
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Medieval garden tools
Replies: 11
Views: 1226

Re: Medieval garden tools

'The Medieval Garden' by Sylvia Landsberg has several illustrations of tools in medieval gardens. The 1520 picks look remarkably like fisherman's anchors! One-handed tools seem to be limited to types of bill-hook and reaping hooks, as the Brother says.
by Alan E
Tue Jul 21, 2015 12:50 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Egyptian shenti
Replies: 8
Views: 1091

Re: Egyptian shenti

Excellent! Whereabouts are you?
by Alan E
Mon Jul 20, 2015 3:27 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Egyptian shenti
Replies: 8
Views: 1091

Re: Egyptian shenti

by Alan E
Mon Mar 23, 2015 3:55 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Linen Kirtles
Replies: 22
Views: 2559

Re: Linen Kirtles

Real Ragnarock

Giants vs Gods and Pick Your Side ....






about bl@@dy time too IMHO

mutter mutter, dunno what the world's coming to.. wool not good enough any more
by Alan E
Wed Dec 31, 2014 11:14 am
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: What job would you have done medieval times?
Replies: 8
Views: 1250

Re: What job would you have done medieval times?

Warrior too - I think it's probably because the writers don't know anything about castles apart from 'people fought in them' - like that's anything more than 1% of what they were!
by Alan E
Mon Sep 29, 2014 5:12 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Padded armour company
Replies: 12
Views: 2428

Re: Padded armour company

You may not be perfect Nigel, but IME you are pretty d@#$ed good.
by Alan E
Thu Aug 21, 2014 4:59 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Occupation? Nun.
Replies: 14
Views: 1477

Re: Occupation? Nun.

A nun in the outer world would also be possible in the context of the HYW (one of the complaints against the mercernary bands was their indiscriminate rapine, including nunneries); this could also 'explain' the presence at an armed camp. How much self-identification as a nun would remain would be op...
by Alan E
Fri May 02, 2014 2:49 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: How were cattle slaughtered?
Replies: 20
Views: 4568

Re: How were cattle slaughtered?

Indeed Brother, as pointed out in 'Time Traveller's Guide to Medieval England' (in a section showing how difficult to interpret these comparisons are) it mentions that if the price of chickens had increased at the same rate as that for saffron since 1391, a chicken would cost £38 in 2008(ish), but i...
by Alan E
Tue Apr 29, 2014 1:17 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: How were cattle slaughtered?
Replies: 20
Views: 4568

Re: How were cattle slaughtered?

Thanks!
by Alan E
Tue Apr 29, 2014 1:15 pm
Forum: Food and Drink
Topic: Medieval tongs??
Replies: 11
Views: 1977

Re: Medieval tongs??

Would a 'bakery' be a completely separate area from the 'kitchen' (I suspect so, in large establishments)? What are those 'shovels' seen for putting bakery items into/taking them out of ovens? Would (a small version?) of those be suitable (perhaps what was intended by "wooden fish slice"?) ?
by Alan E
Mon Apr 28, 2014 5:59 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: How were cattle slaughtered?
Replies: 20
Views: 4568

Re: How were cattle slaughtered?

Thanks, yes the longitudinal cut is clear on several of the pig-killing illustrations. So to be clear, in the medieval method of slaughter, would pithing be done at all? Or just stunning before a slit is made in an artery? On the separate subject of hunting and bleeding out: True as far as bow-hunti...
by Alan E
Mon Apr 28, 2014 3:11 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: How were cattle slaughtered?
Replies: 20
Views: 4568

Re: How were cattle slaughtered?

Thanks for the replies. The pointer to how to navigate Karen Larsdatter's site was very useful (no cattle in the animal list); I didn't find the illustration I remembered, but found this one: http://liberfloridus.cines.fr/photos_niveau3/C05508.jpg Which is enough to say 'it wasn't just pigs they sla...
by Alan E
Thu Apr 24, 2014 12:46 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: How were cattle slaughtered?
Replies: 20
Views: 4568

How were cattle slaughtered?

Got into a bit of a conversation the other day: ISTR an image (?from a commonplace book? elsewhere?) of farmwork which showed amongst other things (stews, fruit trees etc) a cow or bullock being killed with a blow (from a poll-axe?). I was told (by a farmer with experience of slaughter) that this wo...
by Alan E
Tue Jan 28, 2014 2:50 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: padding under leg armour.
Replies: 5
Views: 829

Re: padding under leg armour.

by Alan E
Mon Jan 27, 2014 3:02 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: 13th C. Farm
Replies: 59
Views: 6295

Re: 13th C. Farm

I repeat: Your question about the "common types of cattle" reflects the view of many people today that there were " breeds" in the modern sense - there were definitely not. Selective breeding was unknown; you simply had the type of animal available in and suited to your own loca...
by Alan E
Fri Jan 03, 2014 5:04 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: domestic woollen cloth manufacture
Replies: 7
Views: 1279

Re: domestic woollen cloth manufacture

That's sort of the line of thought I was trying to develop above. If Christopher Dyer is correct that at the end C13 English estates were still making 50 - 60% of their income from rents and if that person in Merioneth with 4 oxen, 6 cows and 20 sheep is indeed as he says " fairly typical in si...
by Alan E
Tue Dec 31, 2013 1:36 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: domestic woollen cloth manufacture
Replies: 7
Views: 1279

Re: domestic woollen cloth manufacture

I've got lots of information about how a fleece was turned into woollen fabric in a commercial way in 14th and 15th century, but I'm interested in what, if anything, was done domestically. I don't mean in a cottage industry kind of way, but more along the lines of our old sheep died so we might as ...
by Alan E
Tue Dec 31, 2013 11:28 am
Forum: Traders Discussion
Topic: parcel carriers GGRRRRRR
Replies: 10
Views: 1398

Re: parcel carriers GGRRRRRR

The couriers I've had good experiences of (as a recipient) here are APC and DHL. Some other firms struggle to find us (we are not in a village or at our post code) and I don't know which courier lied to the sender about collecting the undersize boots (except that it wasn't APC). Whilst the non-deliv...
by Alan E
Mon Dec 30, 2013 1:29 pm
Forum: Traders Discussion
Topic: parcel carriers GGRRRRRR
Replies: 10
Views: 1398

Re: parcel carriers GGRRRRRR

parcel was finally delivered saturday afternoon at about 3pm BUT IT WAS SIGNED FOR BY THE RECIPIENT AT 11.28AM!!!! WHICH MEANS THAT TRACKING AND SIGNATURES ARE WORTHLESS AND PROVE NOTHING IF DONE BY A DISHONEST DRIVER if it was not delivered after it was signed for there would be no compensation as...

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