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by Aelfric
Wed Apr 11, 2007 7:01 pm
Forum: 410-1100
Topic: 1066,the Movie?
Replies: 29
Views: 7569

Dingo8MyBaby wrote: As for a few losses, about 90% of the Saxons did not make it off the battlefield and the Viking army suffered about 5% losses in all.
What are those figures based on? 90% sounds incredibly high.
by Aelfric
Thu Mar 01, 2007 9:38 pm
Forum: Traders Discussion
Topic: BAN ON SWORDS!!!!!!!!
Replies: 14
Views: 2258

Paul is quite correct in my opinion. A petition to protect martial artists by opposing the actual proposed ban on ‘samurai’ swords would have my full support, however the petition in question is asking the Prime Minister to “to Reconsider an outright ban on swords”. As no such ban has been proposed ...
by Aelfric
Sat Jan 06, 2007 12:01 pm
Forum: 410-1100
Topic: Late Roman / Migration period helm
Replies: 14
Views: 3398

Thorlak wrote: Well just to clear things up With Regia I am viking!
Oh good, another stinking heathen to kill :lol: :twisted:
by Aelfric
Wed Dec 27, 2006 10:22 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: Reenacting superstitions
Replies: 78
Views: 13152

As a confirmed and practicing Christian I have never had any problem at all when I’ve been called on to portray a Pagan Viking at ship burnings, boat burials and the like. I’m not a Pagan in real life, but when I’m in kit it isn't real life and I’m not portraying me so my personal views and beliefs ...
by Aelfric
Tue Nov 14, 2006 10:29 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: SWASH-swordplay convention-Leeds 2007
Replies: 7
Views: 1965

Lack of funds is the only thing that might keep me away :cry:! When will you have a programme of who is teaching what availble, As I couldn't find one on the website?
by Aelfric
Mon Oct 30, 2006 7:24 pm
Forum: 410-1100
Topic: Anglo-Saxon Hats
Replies: 18
Views: 6060

There was also a form of hat worn by officials at the kings court - looked like a large cone. I can't remember the ref, its been 15 years shice I was interested in AS clothing and stuff. Ethelred's witan I think. There are quite a few illustrations of then circa 1100-1155, commonly worn by field wo...
by Aelfric
Sun Oct 29, 2006 8:03 pm
Forum: 410-1100
Topic: Anglo-Saxon Hats
Replies: 18
Views: 6060

As for the wide brimmed straw hats, you'd better believe it! Check the illustrated manuscripts, monks, nuns and labourers out in the fields all wearing them. Anyone who has suffered from sunstroke, or even just bad sunburn to the back if the neck or bald spot, will tell you the importance of having...
by Aelfric
Tue Oct 03, 2006 4:32 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Creating beginners guides (Dark Ages ~1015)
Replies: 8
Views: 2057

For England in 1015 I’d say the tunic should be knee length rather than mid thigh. Agree with Gyrth about colours, as a general rule of thumb the deeper the shade the richer the cloth and Tuppence is spot on about Gambies I really wouldn’t go with one unless it’s under mail. Helmets depends on which...
by Aelfric
Mon Oct 02, 2006 10:07 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Creating beginners guides (Dark Ages ~1015)
Replies: 8
Views: 2057

The ‘Dark Ages’ last for six hundred and fifty years, and while styles changed slowly they did change noticeably, so when in the Dark Ages are you aiming for? What people are you aiming for? Romano Brit? Saxon (early, middle or late)? Viking? Etc. A national event for which society as each has diffe...
by Aelfric
Sun Oct 01, 2006 10:40 pm
Forum: 410-1100
Topic: Kites at Hastings
Replies: 13
Views: 3065

saxon wrote:Spot on Aelfric ! hows things ??
Going well, looking forward to Hastings. How are you doing?
by Aelfric
Sun Oct 01, 2006 7:07 pm
Forum: 410-1100
Topic: Kites at Hastings
Replies: 13
Views: 3065

Would the same shield have both straps AND a boss or is it either/or? And is there a difference between saxon and norman? Both, the boss on kite shields was not used to protect a hand grip as on a round shield. The shield was held by arm straps but seems usually to have retained a small boss. No ap...
by Aelfric
Sun Oct 01, 2006 2:24 pm
Forum: 410-1100
Topic: Kites at Hastings
Replies: 13
Views: 3065

Re: Kites at Hastings

Ecce wrote: For something to argue about: bosses or double straps?
Both.
by Aelfric
Thu Sep 28, 2006 10:48 pm
Forum: 410-1100
Topic: Viking group in South yorkshire
Replies: 14
Views: 3216

There is a Regia group in Sheffield called Hallam. They're a good bunch.
by Aelfric
Sat Sep 16, 2006 8:32 pm
Forum: 410-1100
Topic: GM Historical Weapons
Replies: 11
Views: 3011

Yep, got it in the end. The guy had been ill, then lost the wife's e-mail address.
by Aelfric
Sun Sep 10, 2006 10:06 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: Best medieval re-enactment battle in Britain
Replies: 35
Views: 5468

Probably a bad idea to post on this after a day in the pub :? ! But here goes – I’m going to Hastings and am very much looking forward to it for the sense of history, the atmosphere, the fact that people are coming from all over the world and the sheer scale of the thing. Even the lowest estimate of...
by Aelfric
Wed Aug 16, 2006 4:17 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: What makes you do it ??
Replies: 66
Views: 11981

Been keen on the Viking Age since I was a kid, never wanted to do anything else, wouldn't mind a pop at migration age if I had the time, the cash and there were any groups at all local.
by Aelfric
Thu Aug 10, 2006 5:53 pm
Forum: 410-1100
Topic: new Viking Clothing book
Replies: 12
Views: 3650

Really enjoyed your talk on Sunday, thaks for coming.
by Aelfric
Fri Aug 04, 2006 11:40 pm
Forum: 410-1100
Topic: new Viking Clothing book
Replies: 12
Views: 3650

Glad you've decided to buy the book. Don't forget, you can order it from me at http://www.historicalarts.co.uk/books/vikingclothing.html By the way, if anyone is in the Castleton district this weekend, I'm giving a talk on Sunday at the Regia event there. Best wishes, Thor Looking forward to it :D
by Aelfric
Tue Aug 01, 2006 10:24 am
Forum: General History
Topic: What makes you do it ??
Replies: 66
Views: 11981

Interest in the period ever since I had a Ladybird ‘Alfred the Great’ book for Christmas as a kid, plus a long standing desire to hit people with swords/axes/spears etc. not really interested enough in later medieval era, no migration age groups anywhere nearby, the rest is history.
by Aelfric
Mon Jul 24, 2006 12:50 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: Would you ?????
Replies: 31
Views: 4912

I like my trips to the 10th century to be sanitised! I like to be able to put clean clothes an a body that has recently had a hot bath, I like to be able to charge around hitting people with a spear and sword knowing that neither they or I will be hurt or killed, and if I do get hurt or taken ill, I...
by Aelfric
Mon Jun 05, 2006 3:15 pm
Forum: 410-1100
Topic: The Anglo Saxons?
Replies: 1
Views: 1104

I don't know much about the group, but the leader was in Regia a few years back.
by Aelfric
Mon May 29, 2006 11:18 pm
Forum: 410-1100
Topic: Viking Clothing
Replies: 42
Views: 9416

There is no Old English word for gambeson, but neither IIRC is there a word for mail. the Anglo Saxons either used the word ‘byrnie’ or a poetic kenning such as ‘net of spears’ or similar, neither explicitly or demonstrably refers to solely metal armour that we would call mail (or maille, chain mail...
by Aelfric
Fri Mar 24, 2006 9:17 am
Forum: 410-1100
Topic: websites etc
Replies: 7
Views: 2863

www.regia.org and has a lot of good stuff on it.
by Aelfric
Tue Mar 21, 2006 9:15 am
Forum: 410-1100
Topic: Viking Clothing
Replies: 42
Views: 9416

Hi F&A, have you had a look at the websites of the societies that cover the Viking period? Most of them have plenty of photos of members in kit and several also have clothing guides available online.
by Aelfric
Mon Mar 20, 2006 1:32 pm
Forum: 410-1100
Topic: Viking Clothing
Replies: 42
Views: 9416

Gyrthofhwicce wrote: I'm guessing that we will never answer this properly.
Till a chap in a blue Police box appears and no doubt proves everyone wrong :lol:
by Aelfric
Mon Mar 20, 2006 1:24 pm
Forum: 410-1100
Topic: Viking Clothing
Replies: 42
Views: 9416

No offence intended, just disscusing a question. Opinions clearly differ on this one.
by Aelfric
Mon Mar 20, 2006 11:21 am
Forum: 410-1100
Topic: Viking Clothing
Replies: 42
Views: 9416

Anglo Saxon images are pretty much unanimous in showing no sign of an under tunic showing beneath the outer garment, a selection can be found here , also neither the Julius nor Tiberius calendars show any sign of longer under tunics, though both of these do date to the 11th century. I’m not sure abo...
by Aelfric
Mon Dec 26, 2005 10:51 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: Why do we re-enact?
Replies: 44
Views: 9173

I like hitting people with swords, end of :lol:
by Aelfric
Sat Dec 24, 2005 6:46 pm
Forum: 410-1100
Topic: Crossbows in this period
Replies: 39
Views: 16173

WorkMonkey wrote:
Aelfric wrote:
WorkMonkey wrote:Regia says there were crossbows SO IT MUST BE TRUE!
Where does anyone say that?
I'm sorry! Don't ban me off here as well!

I'll be good(ish)! 8)
You've lost me :?
by Aelfric
Sat Dec 24, 2005 6:00 pm
Forum: 410-1100
Topic: Crossbows in this period
Replies: 39
Views: 16173

WorkMonkey wrote:Regia says there were crossbows SO IT MUST BE TRUE!
Where does anyone say that?