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by Benedict
Fri Oct 18, 2013 12:17 pm
Forum: 410-1100
Topic: Anglo-Saxon Chronicle help
Replies: 4
Views: 2585

Re: Anglo-Saxon Chronicle help

I've always used Dorothy Whitelock's translation in 'English Historical Documents' v 1 (597-1042) and v2 (1042-), which puts the assorted rescensions side by side (where they are substantially different). Unhelpfully it's split across two volumes (well, a whole series), but the second one lets you r...
by Benedict
Fri Oct 04, 2013 12:24 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Transition to Plate Shoulders..?
Replies: 4
Views: 2284

Re: Transition to Plate Shoulders..?

*what Paul said* You might also want to have a look at this http://talbotsfineaccessories.com/armour/effigy/effigy%20analysis.html, which includes a very helpful database analysing the types of armour found 1300-1400, by decade (dated using the creation of the effigy rather than date of death). One ...
by Benedict
Tue Jun 04, 2013 3:03 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Medieval Household Books
Replies: 10
Views: 3314

Re: Medieval Household Books

First off, there are some very helpful photos of the type of bookbinding I've described here http://veterokforbooks.tumblr.com/post/48109649639/notes-on-carolingian-binding-this-style-of. It's described as 'Carolingian', but that's largely because the extant manuscript bindings from the 8th-11th cen...
by Benedict
Mon Jun 03, 2013 5:30 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Medieval Household Books
Replies: 10
Views: 3314

Re: Medieval Household Books

I'm afraid I'm enough of a geek to have researched medieval bookbinding techniques, shadowed a couple of manuscript conservators and authentically bound the manuscript I copied. J. Szirmai "The Archaeology of Medieval Bookbinding" is the definitive book on the subject. It's not cheap and m...
by Benedict
Wed Jan 02, 2013 1:48 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: info needed for 14th Cent pavise
Replies: 20
Views: 5862

Re: info needed for 14th Cent pavise

Would there be any chance of pictures (speaking a thousand words)?

Much appreciated!
by Benedict
Fri Sep 14, 2012 12:26 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Archers Side Arm
Replies: 37
Views: 9623

Re: Archers Side Arm

I'm no expert in the later medieval period, but I had the impression that the systematic use of archers in planned campaigns was led by Edward I, first in Wales and then (especially using Welsh recruits) in Scotland. That's not to suggest that archers didn't play a part in warfare earlier (they cert...
by Benedict
Wed Sep 12, 2012 2:00 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Fighting priests
Replies: 32
Views: 8541

Re: Fighting priests

Leofgar of Hereford liked a bit of a rammy too. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leofgar_of_Hereford If I rememebr it rightly the key is "public war"- it's OK if it's defence of the nation, not if it is just going about smashing heads for private gain or personal vengeance. Youll also note th...
by Benedict
Fri Oct 21, 2011 1:36 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: Morocco?
Replies: 19
Views: 4701

Re: Morocco?

In Rabat (now the administrative capital) there's a mosque founded by an Englishman who wound up with the 'Salee Rovers' (notorious pirates, not a football teamm) somewhere around the 15-16th centuries. I'm rather hazy on the dates, I'm afraid (sorry - I was on holiday and more interested in the alm...
by Benedict
Mon Aug 22, 2011 1:29 pm
Forum: 410-1100
Topic: Viking Shoulder Armour
Replies: 22
Views: 7081

Re: Viking Shoulder Armour

I had the same problem, and my solution was to get a thinner gamby (I have 2 now - a thinner one for mail and a thicker one for rain) - but I still had to do the extentions I mentioned on the shoulder-blades - and also add 'cups' to the elbows to remove the restriction it still had with bending the...
by Benedict
Mon Aug 22, 2011 1:22 pm
Forum: 410-1100
Topic: Hand protection...
Replies: 22
Views: 7703

Re: Hand protection...

My main gripe with a lot of gloves - especially welding gaunts - is that they just have too much material on the palm and underside of the fingers. I'll take a look at street hockey gloves but I'm thinking a custom solution may be in order. Wear them for eleven years and the leather will either wea...
by Benedict
Mon Aug 22, 2011 1:20 pm
Forum: 410-1100
Topic: Hand protection...
Replies: 22
Views: 7703

Re: Hand protection...

Leather-backed gloves look the part (and do help), but I'd always put foam padding in the fingers inside the glove itself. It can't be seen, and it helps considerably. When I (eventually) replace my current pair of gloves, I'll probably use some old-style mouse-mat (the 4-5mm thick stuff, not this f...
by Benedict
Fri Jul 08, 2011 6:34 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: 12-14 centry western Drill.
Replies: 29
Views: 5469

Re: 12-14 centry western Drill.

You might want to have a look at Matthew Bennett's article on the 'Rule of the Temple' as a military manual (http://www.deremilitari.org/resources/articles/bennett1.htm). It doesn't specifically mention battlefield orders, but it gives a good impression of the discipline expected from a body of men ...
by Benedict
Thu Jun 09, 2011 3:44 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: mid 14th century knight
Replies: 57
Views: 12217

Re: mid 14th century knight

Randall - that's exceptionally helpful! Thank you!

I think I need to get the Visby armour book and learn some more about this subject. Very interesting!
by Benedict
Thu Jun 09, 2011 1:22 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: mid 14th century knight
Replies: 57
Views: 12217

Re: mid 14th century knight

For what it's worth, I'd understood that a "pair of plates" was the precursor of the "coat of plates", popular in southern Europe (Spain and Italy) in the later thirteenth century, using hardened leather. I had the impression of two pieces covering the front of the torso (though ...
by Benedict
Thu Jun 09, 2011 12:52 pm
Forum: 410-1100
Topic: Dane Axe Hight.
Replies: 18
Views: 6921

Re: Dane Axe Hight.

Yes, very good point on daneaxe-users being top status and so likely to be well fed, healthy and "upper class" (in the tall sense of the word).
by Benedict
Wed Jun 08, 2011 2:12 pm
Forum: 410-1100
Topic: Dane Axe Hight.
Replies: 18
Views: 6921

Re: Dane Axe Hight.

I doubt that any society would have a problem with using a shorter axe two-handed, since you're likely to have more control rather than less. 'No more than chin height' is a sensible rule of thumb to avoid using an axe you may not be able to control properly. I wouldn't think there would be a proble...
by Benedict
Fri Apr 15, 2011 1:28 pm
Forum: 410-1100
Topic: Sabre and two handed sword history.
Replies: 53
Views: 15826

Re: Sabre and two handed sword history.

Out of interest, where is this from - and are those complete weapon-sets, or just displayed together? Given that the edge of the caption appears to be in German, is that a hint? :-) I ask because I've seen a suggestion that there are a lot of seaxes/langseaxes with very worn blades buried on the Con...
by Benedict
Wed Apr 13, 2011 12:54 pm
Forum: 410-1100
Topic: Sabre and two handed sword history.
Replies: 53
Views: 15826

Re: Sabre and two handed sword history.

I find the curved blades move in a much more fluid way. The balance moves as you swing (thats how it feels to me). So there is very little effort to keep the blade moving and it allows for quick changes of direction. Straight swords are better for delivering a crushing blow. But a curved edge is be...
by Benedict
Mon Apr 11, 2011 1:14 pm
Forum: 410-1100
Topic: Sabre and two handed sword history.
Replies: 53
Views: 15826

Re: Sabre and two handed sword history.

[quote="Tiddles"]From my understanding the Saxons seamed to be almost identically equipped. But I think the Vikings had a verity of equipment between individuals. Based on what the individual acquired through trade and conquest. Common sense says they would have only used what would keep t...
by Benedict
Mon Mar 28, 2011 12:51 pm
Forum: 410-1100
Topic: Sabre and two handed sword history.
Replies: 53
Views: 15826

Re: Sabre and two handed sword history.

From my (limited) research into this, I gather that sabres (or possibly 'proto-sabres') only came into use in the Islamic world in the later eleventh century, under the influence of Turkish military elites, though they may have been used by Turks earlier (ie tenth century). I suspect that the slight...
by Benedict
Fri Mar 18, 2011 2:18 pm
Forum: 410-1100
Topic: Viking Under Armer.
Replies: 33
Views: 10934

Re: Viking Under Armer.

Nigel wrote:I still wince when i hit a vike and watch them double over as there is no padding under their maille


Well then, don't hit us so hard! If you keep breaking your toys, you won't have anything to play with :P
by Benedict
Fri Mar 18, 2011 1:56 pm
Forum: 410-1100
Topic: Viking Under Armer.
Replies: 33
Views: 10934

Re: Viking Under Armer.

Absolutely - what Matt said. The "fyrd" means "expedition" - it's an offensive, aggressive army. That means men who have been born and bred to fight and command (I'd hesitate to say "professional" warriors), with the time to exercise, hunt etc, and the money/land/inheri...
by Benedict
Thu Mar 17, 2011 3:04 pm
Forum: 410-1100
Topic: Viking Under Armer.
Replies: 33
Views: 10934

Re: Viking Under Armer.

The 'Maldon' poem talks a lot about spears - including throwing the other side's back at them! Bear in mind that Ealdorman Byrhtnoth loses his spear (in the body of a viking, naturally) and, within a couple of stanzas of drawing his sword, takes his first major wound. Think about it: it everyone is ...
by Benedict
Mon Feb 14, 2011 2:47 pm
Forum: 410-1100
Topic: lang sax? long sax? lang seax? long seax?
Replies: 33
Views: 15539

Re: lang sax? long sax? lang seax? long seax?

I'm interested by the merits of wood-handled langseaxes. I got one second-hand as my first weapon, but use over a season or so (including regular training - them were the days!) led to the wood splitting. Strapping it up with linen (and liberal glue) kept it going a little bit longer. I replaced the...
by Benedict
Mon Feb 14, 2011 2:42 pm
Forum: 410-1100
Topic: Viking Under Armer.
Replies: 33
Views: 10934

Re: Viking Under Armer.

The problem is a lack of evidence, other than the practical 'ouch' factor. To be fair, there are quite a lot of depictions of people carrying military equipment (spears and shields) with no body armour at all, so mail with no padding *might* be enough of a step up to make it very useful. As Neil say...
by Benedict
Tue Feb 01, 2011 2:34 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Scale Armour
Replies: 18
Views: 4266

Re: Scale Armour

As MarxMan says, participation in the Crusades certainly exposed western Europe to lamellar armour. The technology was certainly known of, both through the crusades/Islamic world and through Byzantium (with plenty of contact over a very long period of time - and conscious artistic borrowings in tent...
by Benedict
Thu Dec 23, 2010 12:52 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Scale Armour
Replies: 18
Views: 4266

Re: Scale Armour

Scale armour in which bit of the world? For 11-14th century it's likely to be mostly in the Islamic/Byzantine world, gradually being introduced to the West. I'm sure others will correct me, but (as I understand it) the Western 'pair of plates' may have originated in Spain, first in hardened leather ...
by Benedict
Fri Sep 03, 2010 2:45 pm
Forum: 410-1100
Topic: This years Battle of Hastings - Kit Standards
Replies: 42
Views: 11750

Re: This years Battle of Hastings - Kit Standards

I'm always happy to learn more - I haven't come across the Tees find, so I'd be interested in any details (including any dating - though I appreciate it might be difficult if it's from a river). The evidence from depictions (manuscripts and coins) does point rather strongly towards conical helmets b...
by Benedict
Thu Sep 02, 2010 2:55 pm
Forum: 410-1100
Topic: This years Battle of Hastings - Kit Standards
Replies: 42
Views: 11750

Re: This years Battle of Hastings - Kit Standards

Tsk! A deeply shocking anachronism in this photo! He should NOT be wearing a spectacle helm if it's meant to be 1066! :D Seriously, if you are coming to Hastings (or any other show 1050+), please bring a plain conical helm. Domed helmets (like the Gjermundbu and other spectacle helms) seem to have d...
by Benedict
Thu Aug 26, 2010 1:13 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: the 3 layers rule of mens clothing
Replies: 88
Views: 12095

Re: the 3 layers rule of mens clothing

Marcus said "However at bigger events like Bosworth, Tewkesbury, etc you have a lot of groups attending and in most case at least one family from each group will be dressed at a higher status even if that group has only a dozen or so members at most. This creates an impression that there are lo...

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