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by Langley
Wed Aug 27, 2014 1:57 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Occupation? Nun.
Replies: 14
Views: 2176

Re: Occupation? Nun.

My wife has played a nun (from White Ladies Aston in Worcestershire) at places like Tintern. Brother R - correct me if I am wrong but weren't there instances of nun's travelling to repair or present vestments and altar cloths etc. Pilgrimage? Chaucer's Abbess?
by Langley
Wed Aug 20, 2014 6:44 pm
Forum: Friends and Gossip
Topic: Black Powder storage advice and regulations.
Replies: 36
Views: 6868

Re: Black Powder storage advice and regulations.

An addition. If you have both Black Powder and Pyrotechnics for an event you need two stores and two Licenses. There has to be one Powder Master responsible for both stores. You can not have separate people. Now the killer - if you have BOTH BP and Pyro the exemption from the charge for a temporary ...
by Langley
Tue Jun 24, 2014 9:55 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: Arrow / arrow head removal
Replies: 14
Views: 3126

Re: Arrow / arrow head removal

I take it you are referring to barbed heads? I guess you have been referred to Kevin'sbook about letting wounds putrify, keeping wounds open and probing etc but there is another trick. Take two quills with ends cut off so you have something like a strew. Slide down entry wound and fiddle around igno...
by Langley
Thu Mar 20, 2014 10:48 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: extant 14th century cannons
Replies: 6
Views: 1442

Re: extant 14th century cannons

and you might find this amusing - just don't try to order one!

http://www.amazon.com/Mini-Desktop-Cann ... +artillery
by Langley
Tue Mar 18, 2014 10:44 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: extant 14th century cannons
Replies: 6
Views: 1442

Re: extant 14th century cannons

Gary of Derbyshire Small Arms had a replica Loshult gun on his stand at TORM. He told me it had been cast (bronze) by a school as an exercise and he had drilled it and had it proofed for them. No idea what it would have cost and if the school would be willing to make another but you could try talkin...
by Langley
Fri Jan 10, 2014 5:06 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Looking for someone
Replies: 8
Views: 2173

Re: Looking for someone

Sorry - have not got round to poking Tony yet. Have been ill for quite some time and just starting to sit up and take an interest in things other than painkillers... Will get to it ASAP.
by Langley
Sun Dec 22, 2013 9:59 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Looking for someone
Replies: 8
Views: 2173

Re: Looking for someone

I'll poke him with a blunt stick. (He is much better with sharp sticks than I am).
by Langley
Fri Oct 25, 2013 12:22 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Looking for someone
Replies: 8
Views: 2173

Re: Looking for someone

Phone you did he? (Sorry, sorry, I'll get me coat.)
by Langley
Fri Oct 25, 2013 12:20 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Yeoman archer
Replies: 31
Views: 5075

Re: Yeoman archer

Oh, forgot to say. My research agrees with Colin's in that I have seen mainly arming swords rather than falchions in archer illustrations. Anyone know where the re-enactor fashion for falchions came from? I now carry an arming sword when being an archer.
by Langley
Wed Oct 23, 2013 9:29 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Yeoman archer
Replies: 31
Views: 5075

Re: Yeoman archer

Doesn't one of the muster rolls have a minimum standard defined? Jack, Helmet, knife, sword, and oddly enough, gauntlets. (Why oddly? Tricky to shoot a bow with gauntlets on but it would imply that they would come in useful in skirmishing as mentioned above). Oh yes - a bow of your own and arrows (2...
by Langley
Wed Oct 23, 2013 9:14 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: Long bows, longer bows
Replies: 6
Views: 1548

Re: Long bows, longer bows

Were Cornishmen taller than the English then? If you have a bow longer than your height plus a fistmel it is pretty difficult to knock the thing...
by Langley
Sun Oct 06, 2013 3:31 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: Chainmail making for living history?
Replies: 3
Views: 1122

Re: Chainmail making for living history?

The other thing that I found invaluable was a few small bowls to put my parts in. Sorry Colin - needed the mind bleach after reading that... but back to the thread. Yes, the "nail tool" as they are described in the Greenwich Armoury inventory is a converted set of modern pinchers but real...
by Langley
Mon Sep 09, 2013 6:43 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: Ink recipes
Replies: 11
Views: 2531

Re: Ink recipes

Suggest you contact Steve via the Scriptorium web site. http://thescriptorium.co.uk/
by Langley
Fri Aug 16, 2013 3:36 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Looking for someone
Replies: 8
Views: 2173

Re: Looking for someone

PM me your phone number and I will pass it on. Sorry I have only just seen this thread.
by Langley
Fri Apr 19, 2013 1:48 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Longbow and arrow manufacture
Replies: 33
Views: 5563

Re: Longbow and arrow manufacture

Hi Brian - you will find it hard to upset me by being critical! I trained as a scientinst originally before discovering there was more money in babysitting computers. Scientists spend their time inviting criticism and thrive on the debate. I had really intended just to add to the general body of wha...
by Langley
Thu Apr 18, 2013 5:17 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Longbow and arrow manufacture
Replies: 33
Views: 5563

Re: Longbow and arrow manufacture

Colin, Brian - I do agree - we just don't know. Perhaps you could do some tillering with a decent dagger? Just one more of the possible variables we have to contend with when we try to get it right. We have a "No Bull" rule - you never know who you are talking to for one thing and we have ...
by Langley
Thu Apr 18, 2013 9:23 am
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: how low are braies ?
Replies: 13
Views: 2077

Re: how low are braies ?

I have a air of breeches that look like modern Y frounts for when I am wearing my Italian single hose (which don't look like singke hose unless you really study them) and have seen german examples that look like thongs. I am hoping at some point to find evidence for A Borat style mankini. AARGH! pa...
by Langley
Thu Apr 18, 2013 9:18 am
Forum: General History
Topic: Medieval and Contemporary Pilgrimage
Replies: 4
Views: 1136

Re: Medieval and Contemporary Pilgrimage

Richard, Tintern is worth looking into because of the pilgrimages to see the "Our Lady of Tintern". Did you know the locals had restored a statue (quite modern, made by someone who owes alleigance to Gill). First thing to have been put back in a monastic site since Henry VIII did what he d...
by Langley
Wed Apr 17, 2013 2:12 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Longbow and arrow manufacture
Replies: 33
Views: 5563

Re: Longbow and arrow manufacture

I have heard a theory that bows were unfinished and individual archers were capable of doing some final tillering. A key to accuracy in archery is consistency so I can see the logic in this - you would want your new bow to feel as much like the one you did all your practice with as possible. It is e...
by Langley
Tue Apr 16, 2013 11:22 am
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Wet Weather Clothing
Replies: 22
Views: 3629

Re: Wet Weather Clothing

I recall one year when the grand parade at Festival of History was just about to start and the heavens opened. I was wearing a wool coate over my jack and armour. When I came off the field it was absolutely saturated but the linen lining was dry as was everything underneath. That did not even have a...
by Langley
Fri Mar 15, 2013 5:06 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Chainmail Query
Replies: 14
Views: 2127

Re: Chainmail Query

Fian - phone the Wallace and ask to speak to their conservator of maille. He is a great guy and will be able to tell you what they found in their analysis done a year or so back.
by Langley
Fri Mar 15, 2013 5:03 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Skin-tight maille....?
Replies: 15
Views: 2348

Re: Skin-tight maille....?

If you have an archery safety net you need to put it up fairly loose. When an arrow hits it, it puffs up and absorbs the kinetic energy doing so so stops the arrow. Stretch it tight and you will find the arrows penetrate. I think the same happens with maille if you make it too tight. With a cutting ...
by Langley
Thu Mar 14, 2013 6:06 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: Smaller Bow Strings
Replies: 10
Views: 1885

Re: Smaller Bow Strings

Did a quick look for this in Ascham without finding it but did come across this quote. "But if anie such strings in time of service did happen to breake, the soldiers archers had alwaies in readiness a couple of strings more readie whipt and fitted to their bows to clappe on in an instant."...
by Langley
Mon Mar 11, 2013 10:44 am
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Attaching Sleeves to Chainmail shirts
Replies: 8
Views: 1702

Re: Attaching Sleeves to Chainmail shirts

Do you mean reducing the number of rows - you show 4. I think you could reduce 5 to 3 by connecting a single ring across 1st and fifth rather than one across first and third and third and fifth. You could phone either the Wallace or Museum of London and ask top speak to their mail conservators both ...
by Langley
Mon Mar 04, 2013 10:47 am
Forum: General History
Topic: Late 14th early 15th c handwrititng
Replies: 17
Views: 3265

Re: Late 14th early 15th c handwrititng

Suggest you contact Steve via his web page "The Scriptorium". He writes fluently in a variety of hands and can explain how he alters his technique and is a very nice and helpful chap. (Don't tell him I said so he will get upset with me spreading such rumours). http://thescriptorium.co.uk/
by Langley
Thu Dec 20, 2012 10:39 am
Forum: General History
Topic: River fishing
Replies: 21
Views: 3540

Re: River fishing

Preliminary plans for river expedition in hand with Gaz's mob from Ty Mawr. Watch this space!
by Langley
Wed Dec 19, 2012 1:01 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Winter weather clothing?
Replies: 25
Views: 4064

Re: Winter weather clothing?

We have regularly done Christmas events at Lower Brockhampton by wearing layers with doublets and cotes over the top. Part of the secret is keeping moving. We did some indoor stuff with music and mumming plays etc but also "went hunting" (returning with the game we had "caught" w...
by Langley
Wed Dec 19, 2012 12:11 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: Fletchings
Replies: 9
Views: 1981

Re: Fletchings

My fletcher mate Tony always held that having a cock feather of a different colour was something for beginners. I use fletchings all of one colour but I also put an identifying mark on arrows so I can easily recognise mine and I put that - a simple black dot, behind the cock feather and that helps n...
by Langley
Wed Dec 19, 2012 11:54 am
Forum: General History
Topic: River fishing
Replies: 21
Views: 3540

Re: River fishing

You didn't think there weas any danger of us actually catching something in the short space of time before falling in did you? Comment was pretty tongue in cheek but do know enough not to try fishing without a license!
by Langley
Thu Oct 18, 2012 12:12 pm
Forum: 1485-1603
Topic: Early Tudor jack of plates?
Replies: 10
Views: 3998

Re: Early Tudor jack of plates?

When the attempt to murder Lorenzo di Medici happened in the Duomo in Florence in 1478 Lorenzo escaped because the assailant touched his shoulder possibly to check if he was wearing disguised armour. (That is how the story is told in Florence). He reacted fast and escaped. His unlucky brother Giulia...

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