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by 40/- freeholder
Tue Apr 07, 2020 10:58 pm
Forum: Pictures
Topic: Pskov Viking outfit
Replies: 0
Views: 196

Pskov Viking outfit

Here is my interpretation of the garments from Pskov. For once, planned and finished in good time for a Costume talk that I was booked to give on 6th April. Hopefully the talk will be re-scheduled, as I was really looking forward to flaunting this outfit.
by 40/- freeholder
Mon Apr 06, 2020 1:05 pm
Forum: 1603-1715
Topic: Plague Doctors in UK
Replies: 8
Views: 5695

Re: Plague Doctors in UK

Local press is just what I had in mind, since there was a story in last week's about a C17th plague pit under a village green. Thought the face mask would follow on nicely as extending the story and be a bit of publicity for Rent a Peasant when things get back to normal.
by 40/- freeholder
Sun Apr 05, 2020 5:43 pm
Forum: 1603-1715
Topic: Plague Doctors in UK
Replies: 8
Views: 5695

Re: Plague Doctors in UK

Seems like a relevant time to resurrect this thread. Does anyone have a simple pattern for one of the beaked face masks? My internet is running like glue so Google is not talking to me. Contemplating making one for going shopping.
by 40/- freeholder
Fri Mar 27, 2020 9:42 am
Forum: 2000BC-55BC
Topic: Huldremose bird bone pin
Replies: 0
Views: 280

Huldremose bird bone pin

I'm looking at making the Huldremose bog woman's costume for an event next year (now, we hope). Her woollen scarf was reportedly pinned together under the left arm with a bird bone pin 8cm long. I'm having no luck finding a photo or drawing of this pin, or an identification of the bird species and s...
by 40/- freeholder
Wed Jan 15, 2020 8:20 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Late 15th century ladies wear
Replies: 3
Views: 1929

Re: Late 15th century ladies wear

A useful starting point is Sarah Thursfield's book The Medieval Tailor's Assistant.
by 40/- freeholder
Tue Jan 14, 2020 2:39 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Looking for costume I can walk 800km in
Replies: 1
Views: 1825

Re: Looking for costume I can walk 800km in

I've got a lot of male medieval costume as none of the people who used to wear it are still active. You can see photos on my website www.rentapeasant.co.uk The patterns are mostly taken from extant garments: the Greenland finds, Bocksten man in Sweden and the shirt of St Louis in Paris. All are hand...
by 40/- freeholder
Thu Jan 09, 2020 2:52 pm
Forum: Friends and Gossip
Topic: one place for everything re-enactment online hub
Replies: 6
Views: 1502

Re: one place for everything re-enactment online hub

Annie the Pedlar and Lucy the Tudor, who used to be active on here, ran the online Tudor market www.tudormarket.co.uk Might be worth contacting them for feedback on that. I'm not sure whether it's still active. Annie also set up Class History for those of us who do school visits www.classhistory.co....
by 40/- freeholder
Thu Nov 21, 2019 9:45 am
Forum: Re-enactors Wanted
Topic: 2000 Years of Christmas
Replies: 1
Views: 1286

Re: 2000 Years of Christmas

Yes, I'm interested. I'm based at Tow Law. Contact me through www.rentapeasant.co.uk. I've got Roman, Viking & Anglo-Saxon, medieval costumes.
by 40/- freeholder
Mon Sep 16, 2019 9:49 am
Forum: 410-1100
Topic: Are living history interpreters more suited to historic sites?
Replies: 4
Views: 4577

Re: Are living history interpreters more suited to historic sites?

It might help to answer your question if you would define "educational benefit" in the context that you are using it. Transferable skills is one "benefit", which is why teachers like plenty of hands-on activities for younger children, to improve motor and hand-eye co-ordination skills. Stimulating t...
by 40/- freeholder
Sun Sep 01, 2019 10:51 pm
Forum: 410-1100
Topic: Are living history interpreters more suited to historic sites?
Replies: 4
Views: 4577

Re: Are living history interpreters more suited to historic sites?

I and many others have been doing Living History school visits for 20+ years now. The in school day has value for preparation before a visit to a historic. It can also act as a substitute where there is no appropriate historic site within easy travelling distance of a particular school. With no trav...
by 40/- freeholder
Tue Aug 20, 2019 6:38 pm
Forum: Music and Instruments
Topic: Medieval Music in the Dales
Replies: 8
Views: 15353

Re: Medieval Music in the Dales

Not long to go now to this year's MMITD, looking forward to it. Just to say that despite the damage done by the recent cloudburst, Wensleydale is still very much open to visitors so do support this event if possible.
by 40/- freeholder
Mon Jul 29, 2019 2:12 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Is there any provenance for this helmet?
Replies: 2
Views: 4495

Re: Is there any provenance for this helmet?

The helmet looks as though it has a fitting for a nasal guard, suggesting the rim and visor are subsequent additions.
by 40/- freeholder
Tue Jun 18, 2019 2:36 pm
Forum: Traders Discussion
Topic: Hardwood Supplier?
Replies: 3
Views: 5890

Re: Hardwood Supplier?

I was going to recommend John Boddy at Boroughbridge but a Google search shows the business was taken over and then shut down. However, the Google results also have a range of alternative suggestions for suppliers of oak, in particular.
by 40/- freeholder
Tue May 28, 2019 9:40 am
Forum: Buy and Sell
Topic: 4and20Blackbirds kit sale
Replies: 1
Views: 2317

Re: 4and20Blackbirds kit sale

Rent a Peasant is down sizing too. There's a clay oven, spit, grid iron and cauldron looking for new homes. NE England.
by 40/- freeholder
Sun Apr 28, 2019 5:56 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Monks Habit
Replies: 11
Views: 8656

Re: Monks Habit

Just a follow up query for Brother Ranulf. How did John Lydgate spend so much time in the secular world? I understood he was a monk but he was a prolific author of secular works. I was involved in a production of Lydgate's Disguising at Hertford many years ago, written for the court of the young Hen...
by 40/- freeholder
Wed Mar 06, 2019 10:41 am
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Where can I put my sword?
Replies: 5
Views: 6481

Re: Where can I put my sword?

Out of interest, how likely is it that your sword would get stolen? I have a lot of valuable kit but it's not the sort of stuff that can be sold down the pub, so I've never had any bother. I keep a lot of kit that's not used regularly in the attic. On top, or at the back of, a wardrobe might be good...
by 40/- freeholder
Tue Feb 19, 2019 7:38 pm
Forum: Friends and Gossip
Topic: Jorvik Viking Festival
Replies: 0
Views: 4600

Jorvik Viking Festival

Looking forward to some retail therapy at the Viking markets on Saturday. I don't actually need anything, but one cannot have too many brooches, drop spindles and other small, pretty, shiny objects.
Anyone else going as a MOP?
by 40/- freeholder
Mon Jan 28, 2019 10:52 am
Forum: Friends and Gossip
Topic: Looking for opportunities
Replies: 3
Views: 4612

Re: Looking for opportunities

I'm in Co. Durham so, out of interest, whereabouts in N. Yorks are you and where do you go dancing? I'm learning Playford dances with an English Folk Dance group. There was talk of a Playford Ball last summer but there wasn't enough interest for it to be viable. A costume Playford Ball is on my Buck...
by 40/- freeholder
Wed Jan 09, 2019 5:51 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: rope maker/worker wanted for small project
Replies: 1
Views: 3181

Re: rope maker/worker wanted for small project

Two options in the general NE England area. One is the ropeworks at Hawes, very friendly & helpful people. The other is the chap who makes halters with public participation at Masham Sheep Fair. His polypropylene halters are brilliant but I'm sure he could make this with natural fibre rope. Can't re...
by 40/- freeholder
Wed Dec 12, 2018 10:57 am
Forum: 1485-1603
Topic: Source of authentic quill pens
Replies: 1
Views: 2923

Re: Source of authentic quill pens

Jorge Kelman, who used to post here as Gregory23b, still makes quill pens for school use as he buys the goose quill feathers from me. Find an old post by him and try a PM. If that gets no response, PM me and I'll give you his email address. I've plenty of quill feathers in stock @ 50p each, if you w...
by 40/- freeholder
Wed Dec 05, 2018 2:21 pm
Forum: Traders Discussion
Topic: Jorvik Viking Festival Markets
Replies: 0
Views: 4160

Jorvik Viking Festival Markets

It would be very helpful if traders who are going to be attending this event could inform us where they are likely to be situated. Couldn't find people/things I was looking for in Feb only to be told afterwards they were in another venue, not the unsatisfactory marquees with queues to get in and a c...
by 40/- freeholder
Sat Nov 10, 2018 6:47 pm
Forum: Event Announcements
Topic: Battles Over
Replies: 0
Views: 4704

Battles Over

Sunday 11th November.
Tow Law Millennium Green 6pm (Co. Durham, NE England)
Band, Beacon, Readings, Names of Fallen
All Welcome

If you're really keen, there's a piper with fire engine & crew at the War Memorial 6am, proceeding down the main street, A68, to the War Graves in the cemetery.
by 40/- freeholder
Sat Oct 27, 2018 6:48 pm
Forum: Music and Instruments
Topic: Medieval Music in the Dales
Replies: 8
Views: 15353

Re: Medieval Music in the Dales

Excellent news. Since you're booking Living History, will there be any objection to MOP in appropriate costume? Unsurprisingly, I was much warmer & more comfortable this year in costume than the previous year in modern clothes. Liked the deposit bar glasses with MMITD logo this year, and the option ...
by 40/- freeholder
Thu Oct 11, 2018 10:04 am
Forum: Music and Instruments
Topic: Medieval Music in the Dales
Replies: 8
Views: 15353

Re: Medieval Music in the Dales

This is an event that could do with more reminders on this forum. I went in costume this year, as a MOP, on the Sunday and spent a very happy afternoon between the bar and other free performance areas, listening to superb musicians with no electronic gadgetry playing period music in a castle and hap...
by 40/- freeholder
Wed Oct 10, 2018 8:59 am
Forum: Buy and Sell
Topic: WTB lamb fleece or sheepskin for scabbard lining
Replies: 1
Views: 4062

Re: WTB lamb fleece or sheepskin for scabbard lining

Have you thought of using an old charity shop sheepskin coat for this job?
I'm sure I've got one tucked away in the attic and could cut out relevant sized piece, price to be decided, if you can give the dimensions required.
by 40/- freeholder
Tue Oct 09, 2018 2:13 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Felling seams - advice for a newbie, please.
Replies: 2
Views: 4484

Re: Felling seams - advice for a newbie, please.

I think you answered your question in your last sentence. I find I do each garment differently as there just seems to be a natural way to go, depending on the cloth and the garment being made. I was very heartened to see in the "Bumper Book of Vikings" aka the Haithabu/Hedeby site report, that every...
by 40/- freeholder
Thu Oct 04, 2018 9:27 pm
Forum: Friends and Gossip
Topic: Interacting with MOPS?
Replies: 3
Views: 5418

Re: Interacting with MOPS?

I'm happy to talk to MOPS if they initiate the interaction, on an Enquire Within basis. What I don't do, because I don't like being on the receiving end, is the Ancient Mariner approach.
I have eyes to see and a civil tongue in my head, so I expect the same from my audience.
by 40/- freeholder
Thu Oct 04, 2018 9:01 am
Forum: Forum Technical Support and News
Topic: These forums - undead, or still twitching?
Replies: 19
Views: 19046

Re: These forums - undead, or still twitching?

Definitely still twitching, both in the alive and bird watching senses. I have a quick browse through the topics daily, though I rarely log in. I've never engaged with Facebook & given the recent revelations about the mis-use of Facebook data, I'm very glad I haven't. So, this site is still a valuab...
by 40/- freeholder
Wed Jul 18, 2018 11:32 am
Forum: Buy and Sell
Topic: FS Goose quill feathers
Replies: 0
Views: 4123

FS Goose quill feathers

The geese are moulting so I have fresh primary and secondary quill feathers suitable for pens, fletching, textile tools and all other historic uses of such feathers. Suggest 50p each but open to negotiation for bulk order.
by 40/- freeholder
Wed Jul 18, 2018 9:46 am
Forum: Societies
Topic: Categorising activities
Replies: 1
Views: 3357

Re: Categorising activities

Music and dance seem to be lacking.