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by X
Thu Aug 11, 2011 6:34 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Origin of the term'secret'
Replies: 19
Views: 4060

Re: Origin of the term'secret'

14 gauge plate with some kind of shock-absorber under it. After all, if you break the head you were issued with, nobody is going to give you a new one. Anything you wear on your head on the re-enactment battlefield needs to be something that will stand up to having something big and heavy dropped o...
by X
Wed Aug 10, 2011 10:02 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Origin of the term'secret'
Replies: 19
Views: 4060

Re: Origin of the term'secret'

14 gauge plate with some kind of shock-absorber under it. After all, if you break the head you were issued with, nobody is going to give you a new one. Anything you wear on your head on the re-enactment battlefield needs to be something that will stand up to having something big and heavy dropped on...
by X
Tue Aug 09, 2011 6:09 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Origin of the term'secret'
Replies: 19
Views: 4060

Re: Origin of the term'secret'

Out of interest, has anyone come across any info on the the use of maille secrets, I spotted a couple examples at the Wallace Collection a while ago and am currently trying to look for other examples. dates etc. I had a discussion recently at Kelmarsh and then at Berkeley with a couple of groups, w...
by X
Sat Apr 25, 2009 9:54 am
Forum: Music and Instruments
Topic: Help with tunes for a 17c fife
Replies: 10
Views: 3184

You could do worse than 'The Living History Tune Book' by Jane Foster. Book 3 is 17th century (Stuart & Commonwealth) and it includes dance tunes and songs. Most, if not all, can be played on a fife.
by X
Tue Apr 21, 2009 8:14 pm
Forum: Book, Film, TV & Music Reviews
Topic: Medieval Women:Village Life in the Middle Ages.
Replies: 1
Views: 1131

I've read this one as well, many years ago. I agree with Marcus. And I would also add, what did the author have against the poor woman? She seemed determined to put the main character through every kind of grief imaginable, to the extent I found myself thinking "Yep, saw that one coming." ...
by X
Tue Apr 21, 2009 8:08 pm
Forum: Book, Film, TV & Music Reviews
Topic: Historical novels that aren't utter drivel?
Replies: 79
Views: 19952

Susanna Gregory, Simon Scarrow, C.S. Forester (never really got on with Patrick O'Brien), Georgette Heyer, C.J. Sansom, Ellis Peters, Candace Robb, Lindsey Davis (latest one came out a few weeks ago, reading it at the moment), James McGee, Bernard Cornwell's Sharpe books for uncomplicated military f...
by X
Fri Apr 17, 2009 5:51 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: A Complicated Question
Replies: 14
Views: 2302

You could also try Sarah Thursfield's 'The Medieval Tailor's Assistant' for patterns for these garments.
by X
Thu Apr 16, 2009 6:47 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: linen shirt
Replies: 10
Views: 2196

Go for linen. You can get nice shirt-weight linen for £5 a metre, or less if you go to one of the roll-end shops; I have one near me that sells linen - quite nice stuff sometimes - by weight, not length. It can work out at £2-£3 per metre, which is comparable to calico. Calico as a cheap substitute ...
by X
Tue Apr 14, 2009 8:23 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Fabric Suppliers
Replies: 64
Views: 52082

I would suggest it might have been: H.E. Box Ltd 01305 839123 Unit 5b, Surrey Close, Granby Industrial Estate, Weymouth, Dorset DT4 9TY I saw some swatches of their Melton last week, in an array of surprising colours. Very nice; I found myself wondering what I could possibly use bright purple, or a ...
by X
Tue Apr 14, 2009 8:13 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Pourpoints and doublets
Replies: 33
Views: 9122

Zachos - it wasn't you. :) LJT, yes, fashion travels - but the thing is, how far and where to? Those steeple pointed hennins that are the ladies headwear in the late fifteenth century never really made it over the channel from France; here in England the ladies were wearing the truncated, flowerpot-...
by X
Thu Apr 09, 2009 2:39 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Pourpoints and doublets
Replies: 33
Views: 9122

Steam power and a lack of sleeves are not really the same, one requires a lot of knowledge the other a sharp knife :wink: Yeah, it's more of a sort of 'if you start making logical extensions to the evidence, where do you stop?' thing. Sleeveless garments are easy; steam power is hard: but they had ...
by X
Thu Apr 09, 2009 12:00 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Pourpoints and doublets
Replies: 33
Views: 9122

I did consider the white was a shift (although I think we're supposed to call it a smock in the 15th century), but it just doesn't seem to hang right for a single layer of linen, being too bulky. Besides, its sleeves are tight, which is more kirtle-y than smock-y. Additionally, the orange/red sleeve...
by X
Thu Apr 09, 2009 10:45 am
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Pourpoints and doublets
Replies: 33
Views: 9122

And looking at this: http://www.ac-grenoble.fr/lycee/diois/Latin/Francais/Image/Iconographie/IX-XVIe%20siecle%20-%20Les%20Paysans%20au%20Moyen%20Age/Web/original/1455%20recoltes%20pommes%20%20poires,%20odeurs%20de%20la%20duchesse%20de%20Bourgogne%20-%20maitre%20d-Adelaide%20de%20Savoie,%20Picardie%2...
by X
Thu Apr 09, 2009 10:04 am
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Pourpoints and doublets
Replies: 33
Views: 9122

Hi Jorge, I think I did cover this in my original post: I said I was aware that the terms were sometimes used interchangeably. I'm using 'pourpoint' for sleeveless and 'doublet' for sleeved in this thread purely for clarity in trying to establish, as you say, whether sleeveless thingies were worn in...
by X
Thu Apr 09, 2009 9:27 am
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Pourpoints and doublets
Replies: 33
Views: 9122

Hazy, here is your chap again: http://mediaephile.com/forum/cgi-bin/yabb2/YaBB.pl?action=print;num=1212673997 This time with an attributed date and place: second quarter of the fifteenth century, South Netherlands, probably Bruges or Ghent. If you look at the link, two pictures down is another Bruge...
by X
Wed Apr 08, 2009 9:09 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Pourpoints and doublets
Replies: 33
Views: 9122

Ooh, thanks for him (he's a miner, by the way, if I read someone's Italian correctly). He is done by Robinet Testard, end of the 15th century. Testard was born in 1475 and died in 1523, which gives us some approximate dates - unfortunately for me, probablyly after my main period of interest, which e...
by X
Wed Apr 08, 2009 1:48 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Are these shoes ok?
Replies: 59
Views: 8805

True, some people are just not re-enactors, and never will be, no matter how tight you twist the thumbscrews. Just like some people (like me) will never, even if you made them sit through the entire World Cup, ever be football fans. If these people are doing re-enactment to be with partners, they ha...
by X
Wed Apr 08, 2009 12:07 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Are these shoes ok?
Replies: 59
Views: 8805

Don't let anyone tell you that women only did cooking and sewing. As far as I can tell - NOONE on this forum has said this was the case. quote] And I don't believe that I ever implied that they had. However, this thread, on this forum, is not the entire re-enactment community. But judging by the nu...
by X
Tue Apr 07, 2009 10:10 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Pourpoints and doublets
Replies: 33
Views: 9122

Pourpoints and doublets

I'm interested specifically in England in the late 15th century. For the purposes of this post, 'doublet' will be defined as a short jackety garment with sleeves, and 'pourpoint' as nearly the same garment, but without sleeves. Both can be used for pointing your hose to. I am currently under the imp...
by X
Tue Apr 07, 2009 6:21 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: "fake" Brigandine
Replies: 36
Views: 6397

I'd still say no. A brigandine provides more protection than even a very good jack, and a very good jack doesn't weigh all that much less than a brigandine. People do adjust their shots to the level of armour they perceive that their opponent is wearing, and something that looks like a brig might at...
by X
Tue Apr 07, 2009 1:32 pm
Forum: Food and Drink
Topic: tart cases..casings
Replies: 5
Views: 2628

Lots of tarts (pastry) in the fifteenth century. They get spelled 'tarte', and appear to be something like flans (quiches to the posh), only with all kinds of things in, not just egg. There's one recipe for pork tart, which has pork mince, pine nuts, egg, and cheese in (very nice). If you're talking...
by X
Tue Apr 07, 2009 10:53 am
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: "fake" Brigandine
Replies: 36
Views: 6397

I'd be against fake brigs. Even if you don't usually fight against people who don't know you, if there's any chance at all that this might happen, steer away from fake protective equipment. Nasty accident happened at Tewkesbury a few years ago to a chap in a fake brig. He steamed into the Gloucester...
by X
Tue Apr 07, 2009 10:42 am
Forum: Costumes
Topic: doublets
Replies: 27
Views: 4037

Cotton moleskin as a viable re-enactment alternative to the real thing. Sarah may be a clothing historian, but she's also a re-enactor and knows that some of us can't afford to have the A1 authentic thing (whatever it is), or sometimes the A1 authentic thing is just not available. So you need an alt...
by X
Tue Apr 07, 2009 9:44 am
Forum: Costumes
Topic: doublets
Replies: 27
Views: 4037

I think it's a clothing-historian type thing. quoting from the 'Medieval Tailor's Assistant': "Woollen cloth - any woollen cloth or blend with a visible weave, tabby or twill, and a more or less hairy surface. The threads should be well packed together, though cloth intended for lining can be f...
by X
Fri Apr 03, 2009 10:12 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Are these shoes ok?
Replies: 59
Views: 8805

There were women blacksmiths, at least one woman bellfounder, three girls apprenticed to scriveners... In the fourteenth (I think) century at least one woman surgeon. Women merchants, several of (including one called Agnes in Germany who ran the business for about fifty years after her husband died)...
by X
Fri Mar 27, 2009 8:21 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Simple Shelters?
Replies: 88
Views: 20621

How are we softer? Unless evolution has moved at an amazing rate we are still essentially the same build, height and mass as our ancesters were. I can't get my head around that notion. Does that mean that someone in the 15th century would turn down a nice warm bed if shown one? Most 15th century &q...
by X
Fri Mar 27, 2009 8:08 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Are these shoes ok?
Replies: 59
Views: 8805

Erm...I'm sure this won't help much...but...I don't smoke...or drink... Neither do I. :D all the sniggering... Other re-enactors might laugh or sneer I think I'm getting a bit nervous about starting in the re-enacting world....*sniff* I'm trying to get it right, but I know I won't be able to do it ...
by X
Fri Mar 27, 2009 6:20 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Are these shoes ok?
Replies: 59
Views: 8805

My personal opinion is that if you have lots of plate, you should try to reflect that status in the rest of your kit. After all, is it really believable to have someone coming off the field, taking off their beautiful shiny (expensive) plate and putting on (or revealing) low-status civilian kit? It'...
by X
Fri Mar 27, 2009 4:42 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Simple Shelters?
Replies: 88
Views: 20621

It's sometimes not so much what equipment you have as how you use it. Layering clothes and so forth. Picking a good, sheltered spot. If there's snow, use it as insulation. And also, working together. In my earlier years as a re-enactor, only one member of the group had such a luxury item as a sleepi...
by X
Fri Mar 27, 2009 3:28 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Are these shoes ok?
Replies: 59
Views: 8805

I'm certainly not the world's expert on footwear, but they just don't look right to me. They look more like cowboy boots than anything else - I don't think I've ever seen mediaeval-style boots with this construction: sort of like a shoe with a leg-bit attached like a drainpipe (Which is probably not...

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