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by EnglishArcher
Fri Nov 21, 2014 2:45 pm
Forum: Book, Film, TV & Music Reviews
Topic: Secrets of the Castle with Ruth Goodman
Replies: 24
Views: 5989

Re: Secrets of the Castle with Ruth Goodman

An article on the construction of the clothing for the show:

http://hibernaatio.blogspot.fi/2014/11/ ... es-to.html

(Note: it's in Finnish AND English)
by EnglishArcher
Tue Jan 28, 2014 6:57 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: Long Bow Archers' Accuracy?
Replies: 18
Views: 6592

Re: Long Bow Archers' Accuracy?

You cant compare any re-enactment archers with the medieval army archers....!!! I believe they did have to hit a man size target at 220 yds - any half decent club archer can do that. Most hunted with the bow too so were adept at hitting rabbit sized stuff / birds at say 50 yards Most used a bow muc...
by EnglishArcher
Wed Jan 22, 2014 10:42 am
Forum: 1485-1603
Topic: Would like to get into Tudor re-enacting..where to start?
Replies: 5
Views: 4036

Re: Would like to get into Tudor re-enacting..where to start

I think if you're looking for generic Tudor Kentwell is probably your best first stop. They cover a range of dates through the Tudor period. Unfortunately, The Tudor Group is not taking on new members this year. Most of their events are based in Haddon Hall in Derbyshire, so you'd have to like trave...
by EnglishArcher
Sun Jan 19, 2014 4:47 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: Long Bow Archers' Accuracy?
Replies: 18
Views: 6592

Re: Long Bow Archers' Accuracy?

Short answer: as accurate as any modern longbow archer. The draw-weight should not make any difference. Many modern archers attempting to shoot medieval bows are seriously over-bowed (or just don't practice enough) and this affects their accuracy. I've watched Joseph Gibbs shoot the field course at ...
by EnglishArcher
Tue Dec 10, 2013 11:24 am
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Sleeveless Doublets for archers...
Replies: 63
Views: 14150

Re: Sleeveless Doublets for archers...

From chatting to Christine and Glennan, I understand it this way: Separate hose were originally pointed to breech girdles. When the doublet arrived, the separate hose were pointed to the bottom edge of the doublet, around hip level. Eventually the hose joined, but were still pointed to the bottom o...
by EnglishArcher
Fri Oct 25, 2013 12:57 am
Forum: 1485-1603
Topic: The Farm goes back to Tudor Times
Replies: 83
Views: 33137

Re: The Farm goes back to Tudor Times

Plus the production company decided that Tudor codpieces would upset the rubes so 'banned' them =o/ Really? that's so possible yet I'd like some better evidence before I start ranting about the stupidity of production companies. Start ranting. It is true. Christine Carnie designed and made the garm...
by EnglishArcher
Thu Aug 08, 2013 4:16 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: early to mid 14c Men's clothes
Replies: 7
Views: 2731

Re: early to mid 14c Men's clothes

I've got a short little PDF for mid-14th Century (Crecy period) civilian clothing. It was originally written with archers in mind!

PM your email address and I'll send you a copy.
by EnglishArcher
Tue Jul 02, 2013 9:36 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Arm Guards - Medieval Archers 1300 / 1500
Replies: 5
Views: 2511

Re: Arm Guards - Medieval Archers 1300 / 1500

Avoid the 'leather vambraces' unless you're going for that Hollywood Dungeons and Dragons look.

And cotes (for the first part of your period) and doublets (for the second half) are for keeping shirt sleeves out of the way. :D
by EnglishArcher
Fri May 03, 2013 12:29 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Landschneckt Costume - can anybody make one?
Replies: 9
Views: 3408

Re: Landschneckt Costume - can anybody make one?

I think you're looking at: Doublet: Cheap, nasty, unfitted, non-period materials: around £100 Period-correct tailoring, materials, dyes, sewing: around £350 - £400 Breeches/hose: Cheap, nasty, unfitted, non-period materials: around £60 Period-correct tailoring, materials, dyes, sewing: around £150 -...
by EnglishArcher
Thu Apr 18, 2013 9:59 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Longbow and arrow manufacture
Replies: 33
Views: 8906

Re: Longbow and arrow manufacture

Re: final adjustment of your own bow, Toxophilus has something to say on the subject (late Tudor OK, but still using the same type of bow as far as we know). IIRC it's along the lines of shoot it in for a while, then adjust the cast of the tips if you feel like it. Not exactly reworking it to a dif...
by EnglishArcher
Sun Feb 24, 2013 12:00 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Perfect half hose
Replies: 5
Views: 2224

Re: Perfect half hose

PM Sent
by EnglishArcher
Fri Jan 04, 2013 10:06 am
Forum: 1485-1603
Topic: 1549 and all that
Replies: 4
Views: 4366

Re: 1549 and all that

Any particular reason for the enquiry?

I've been known to do a bit of late Henrician.
by EnglishArcher
Fri Dec 07, 2012 8:41 am
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Longbow and arrow manufacture
Replies: 33
Views: 8906

Re: Longbow and arrow manufacture

I'm thinking of getting a warbow, but I'd like the cheapest nastiest thing a soldier would have... Im sort of imagining a rough, 'unpainted', knotted, elm stick, no horn nocks, anywhere between 90 and 140 pounds. What do other people think would be the typical issue of kit? 140lb bow? Good luck wit...
by EnglishArcher
Thu Dec 06, 2012 7:34 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Longbow and arrow manufacture
Replies: 33
Views: 8906

Re: Longbow and arrow manufacture

I'm thinking of getting a warbow, but I'd like the cheapest nastiest thing a soldier would have... Im sort of imagining a rough, 'unpainted', knotted, elm stick, no horn nocks, anywhere between 90 and 140 pounds. What do other people think would be the typical issue of kit? 140lb bow? Good luck wit...
by EnglishArcher
Mon Nov 19, 2012 1:11 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Winter weather clothing?
Replies: 25
Views: 6483

Re: Winter weather clothing?

Well, you should be wearing three layers ordinarily - body linens, foundation garments (doublet and hose) and gown/coat/frock, etc. In cold weather and for travel, etc. you may add a cloak. A major part of the problem is reenactment garments are made for summer weather (since that's when we typicall...
by EnglishArcher
Sun Oct 28, 2012 10:17 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: long bows - evidence of drawing to mouth or ear?
Replies: 12
Views: 3811

Re: long bows - evidence of drawing to mouth or ear?

hi EnglishArcher i wonder how you can shoot the target in that position.I'm just new in bows and i admit that i still have to learn many things.. Simple: practice, practice, practice. Admittedly, the photos above show me apparently aiming at the floor rather a lot. I tend to draw with the bow point...
by EnglishArcher
Sat Oct 20, 2012 10:31 am
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: long bows - evidence of drawing to mouth or ear?
Replies: 12
Views: 3811

Re: long bows - evidence of drawing to mouth or ear?

Here are some images of me shooting. All the bows are over 100lb and the arrows are 33" nock-to-shoulder. Spot the difference! (Two photos actually taken two arrows apart): http://i86.photobucket.com/albums/k92/Glennan_Carnie/263605_2245629422954_4588518_n_zps82850e90.jpg http://i86.photobucket...
by EnglishArcher
Wed Oct 17, 2012 8:31 am
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: long bows - evidence of drawing to mouth or ear?
Replies: 12
Views: 3811

Re: long bows - evidence of drawing to mouth or ear?

I don't own any really heavy bows. My everyday shooting bow is Italian Yew, around 110lb @ 32; my 'flight' bow (also Italian Yew) is around 125lb. I say "around" because neither bow has been accurately measured recently, and to be honest I'm not that interested. Draw weight is only the vag...
by EnglishArcher
Tue Oct 16, 2012 5:22 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: long bows - evidence of drawing to mouth or ear?
Replies: 12
Views: 3811

Re: long bows - evidence of drawing to mouth or ear?

My anchor point is actually when the draw-arm elbow is in-line with the shoulder. At this point the weight of the bow is transferred along the skeleton and doesn't required muscle strength to hold (only to stabilise - which is much less effort). This position puts my hand somewhere near the right sh...
by EnglishArcher
Mon Oct 15, 2012 1:34 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: long bows - evidence of drawing to mouth or ear?
Replies: 12
Views: 3811

Re: long bows - evidence of drawing to mouth or ear?

The very upright stance, drawing to the chin, is a Victorian idea developed by Horace Ford, and perfected by the Koreans into the modern 'sport' shooting style. The same (that is, Victorian) thing could be said of the American draw to the corner of the mouth. In my view that technique has provenance...
by EnglishArcher
Fri Aug 17, 2012 8:51 am
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Medieval Longbow Draw Weights
Replies: 92
Views: 25117

Re: Medieval Longbow Draw Weights

There are a few questions I'd like answers to: Were medieval strings made with a Flemish loop or was some other pattern used? We know crossbow strings are made differently to modern bow strings, and capable of holding heavy weights, so did they use a crossbow-style string? We know hemp can be grow t...
by EnglishArcher
Wed Aug 15, 2012 8:30 am
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Medieval Longbow Draw Weights
Replies: 92
Views: 25117

Re: Medieval Longbow Draw Weights

Things we have good information on: There are a large number of Tudor arrows and we can be fairly confident in the average nock size, which must limit the size of the bow string. We have a reasonable sample of Tudor bows. Computer models and replicas made to MR dimensions and with comparable materia...
by EnglishArcher
Fri Jul 27, 2012 5:11 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Scabbard Chapes
Replies: 4
Views: 2368

Re: Scabbard Chapes

by EnglishArcher
Tue Jul 10, 2012 6:21 am
Forum: Book, Film, TV & Music Reviews
Topic: The Hollow Crown
Replies: 9
Views: 3308

Re: The Hollow Crown

ForTheMarshal wrote:Yes, Hal's coat was a GoT cast-off in my eyes too :P
Q&A with the costume designer:
http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/tv/2012/07/h ... eare.shtml


Leather + mud = medieval.

What a unique costuming concept.
by EnglishArcher
Fri Jun 08, 2012 7:16 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Archery - Cock feathers in different colours ?
Replies: 14
Views: 5186

Re: Archery - Cock feathers in different colours ?

There's no need for different-coloured fletches. As a professional archer, if you can't nock an arrow correctly without a 'special' feather to help you really shouldn't be shooting. I suspect it's a re-enactorism carried over from Victorian archery. If you're going for 'authentic' arrows please don'...
by EnglishArcher
Thu May 31, 2012 12:53 pm
Forum: 1715-1810
Topic: Pls help me some questions about the subject "British cultur
Replies: 5
Views: 2725

Re: Pls help me some questions about the subject "British cu

guthrie wrote:Why do you want us to do your homework or exam questions for you?


I think it's fairly obvious why: so he doesn't have to do it himself.

Perhaps a better question would be: what's in it for us to do his homework? :devil:
by EnglishArcher
Tue May 22, 2012 3:32 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Medieval Longbow Draw Weights
Replies: 92
Views: 25117

Re: Medieval Longbow Draw Weights

As far as I'm aware, Strickland and Hardy isn't a primary source. Don't be like that. I was just saying where she gets it from. I don't own the Strickland and Hardy, so I wasn't able to look up exactly what they say, or if they reference a primary source. But I have been intrigued by the Barker quo...
by EnglishArcher
Mon May 21, 2012 10:43 am
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Medieval Longbow Draw Weights
Replies: 92
Views: 25117

Re: Medieval Longbow Draw Weights

Potentially, no. But I -suspect- that there was some form of test for archers before major campaigns - there is a reference in one of Curry or Barker's Agincourt books that two archers are recorded as having been sent home from Harfleur because they could not shoot well enough. Actually, it was Bar...
by EnglishArcher
Sun May 13, 2012 6:14 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Clothing for childeren
Replies: 4
Views: 1472

Re: Clothing for childeren

You might also want to add to that a coat (and depending on when you are in this period a hood) and an apron or two The hood should be neck-length (maybe slightly longer, to the shoulder) and open; possibly with buttons. The closed, deep-cape hood worn by (soooo) many female re-enactors is a man's ...
by EnglishArcher
Fri May 11, 2012 7:53 am
Forum: Traders Discussion
Topic: Looking for a supplier of eating knives / sets
Replies: 4
Views: 2527

Re: Looking for a supplier of eating knives / sets

Depends how many you need. For lots and lots say into the dozens I would suggest Two J's. They are at TORM and regulars at events such as Festival of History. Their items are mass produced good value utility knives. For half a dozen to a dozen or so I suggest you talk to 6 of 1. Again a reliable su...

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