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by Ellen Gethin
Sun Jan 13, 2008 1:36 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: obscure saints
Replies: 53
Views: 10381

Technically speaking, Charles I, King and Martyr wasn't made a saint by the Church of England. He was just commemorated in the Book of Common Prayer. Though he is popularly referred to as Saint Charles, the CofE have never really been into making new saints.
by Ellen Gethin
Sun Jan 06, 2008 1:28 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Teeth and authenticity
Replies: 29
Views: 4560

I lost a front tooth in the middle of a show last year! Fortunately it didn't hurt at all, so I could carry on until I could get to my own dentist. I'd like to be able to say it was knocked out in combat - but the truth is that I was biting into a piece of venison, and it just came off! 'Bambi's rev...
by Ellen Gethin
Sun Dec 09, 2007 4:20 pm
Forum: Book, Film, TV & Music Reviews
Topic: Skirmish Prtesents...
Replies: 2
Views: 839

I got this, and was rather pleased with it - a real mix of periods!
by Ellen Gethin
Wed Nov 21, 2007 8:55 pm
Forum: Book, Film, TV & Music Reviews
Topic: The Legend of Robin Hood BBC 1975
Replies: 6
Views: 1376

Yep. They were framed for the murder of a saintly bishop who was going to vote against John at the Great Council. I'm very fond of Robin of Sherwood, too - okay, Richard Carpenter added in Herne the Hunter and the pagan/mystical stuff, and Nazir (and thus paved the way for Morgan Freeman in Prince o...
by Ellen Gethin
Sat Nov 03, 2007 12:51 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: Canon Law
Replies: 25
Views: 4751

I was paraphrasing about the trousers. One of the local nuns was supposed to have found the body when she was walking in the woods - she said a prayer over it, went home and didn't tell anyone until later! I did a fair bit of research in the old Norwich Library - which burned down a couple of years ...
by Ellen Gethin
Fri Nov 02, 2007 2:59 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Whose side are you on?
Replies: 46
Views: 6275

The myth of it being Lancashire vs Yorkshire (the counties) was alive and well when I was growing up in Lancashire. Basically it was "We're Lancashire and we have the Red Rose, and they're Yorkshire and they have the White Rose, and that makes us enemies." Nothing about the actual history ...
by Ellen Gethin
Wed Oct 31, 2007 1:34 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: Canon Law
Replies: 25
Views: 4751

When I lived in Norwich, I did some research on Little Saint William. It seems to me that this is a tale of a neglected child, and when a stranger turned up offering to give him work, the parents were only too glad to get rid of him. The stranger was, of course, the murderer, and probably child abus...
by Ellen Gethin
Wed Oct 31, 2007 1:19 pm
Forum: Book, Film, TV & Music Reviews
Topic: The Legend of Robin Hood BBC 1975
Replies: 6
Views: 1376

The Legend of Robin Hood BBC 1975

This was the first attempt the BBC made at the Robin Hood legend, in six hour long episodes. The script writers made a valiant effort to include every strand of the legend, and make it into a coherent whole, and mostly, I think they succeeded. So Robin is forester's son and Earl of Huntington, and i...
by Ellen Gethin
Thu Sep 20, 2007 1:07 pm
Forum: Book, Film, TV & Music Reviews
Topic: Medieval Costume and How to Recreate It - Dorothy Hartley
Replies: 18
Views: 2002

It's true, the physician does look about 12!
It was first published in 1931, and it struck me as being more for stage use originally, possibly - but there is quite a bit of useful stuff in it, I thought.

Now, Dorothy Hartley's Food in England is truly wonderful.
by Ellen Gethin
Sat Sep 08, 2007 12:05 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: Backstrap Loom - authentic?
Replies: 13
Views: 3017

I spent about an hour last night looking around the net for more information about backstrap looms, and all I could find was stuff about Mayan, or Guatamalan, or Mesoamerican looms. I use a small one with kids, and the great thing about it is I can get about 6 kids occupied at the same time to work ...
by Ellen Gethin
Sat Sep 01, 2007 12:43 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Simple Blackwork Patterns
Replies: 14
Views: 1903

It is possible to do a solid line on both sides of the material, but I forget what the name of the stitch is.
by Ellen Gethin
Thu Aug 30, 2007 12:02 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Simple Blackwork Patterns
Replies: 14
Views: 1903

What you're looking to achieve is a pattern going round the cuffs (or wherever else) made up of squares, hexagons, or other geometric shapes, and the outline of the shapes should be in solid lines. Often this is done by counting the threads of the cloth you are working on, if it's fairly coarse, so ...
by Ellen Gethin
Wed Aug 29, 2007 2:40 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Simple Blackwork Patterns
Replies: 14
Views: 1903

Get some squared paper and draw out squares and hexagons - hexagons are especially good. You could make quite a good simple border like that. You can use backstitch - anything that makes a solid line. Try googling for Spanish Blackwork, too - that might bring up something useful. I love blackwork, b...
by Ellen Gethin
Sat Aug 11, 2007 1:32 pm
Forum: Book, Film, TV & Music Reviews
Topic: Books about women in the late medieval period (14th/15thc)
Replies: 7
Views: 1344

Julian of Norwich? She was an anchoress at St Julian's church in Norwich (no-one knows her real name) and she wrote the first book by a woman in English - her Revalations of Divine Love.
She gave spiritual advice to Margery Kempe, though how she managed to get Margery to stop talking is a mystery!
by Ellen Gethin
Sun Jul 15, 2007 1:31 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: Mass and Re-Enactment
Replies: 148
Views: 22936

I'm an occasionally practicing Anglican, and I would happily take part in a re-enactment of a medieval Mass. It was an integral part of medieval life, so I think it should be portrayed more often. (I think it was at Huntingdon that I saw a lovely little chapel/shrine for the Archangel Gabriel's feat...
by Ellen Gethin
Sun Jul 01, 2007 11:47 am
Forum: Book, Film, TV & Music Reviews
Topic: 1610:A Sundial in a Grave.
Replies: 2
Views: 1002

I liked this one, but not as much as Ash. There's quite a lot of the main character having sexual fantasies about his companion - and considering he's supposed to be an ace swordsman, he does seem to get beaten up rather a lot. What I did like was the Japanese angle - having a samurai wandering roun...
by Ellen Gethin
Wed Jun 13, 2007 11:07 am
Forum: 410-1100
Topic: British history 800 -1100AD -books?
Replies: 10
Views: 2916

Shire publications do booklets (around 64pp) on all aspects of archaeology, including Anglo-Saxon jewellery, architecture and sculpture. They also do booklets on various crafts like weaving and spinning. They're clear, interesting, and have good photos.
by Ellen Gethin
Sat May 12, 2007 2:53 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: So what did they wear underneath?
Replies: 30
Views: 4337

There was a lovely little scene in Poldark, years ago, where Ross Poldark has been up to London, and he brings a present back for Demelza. She looks at the pair of knickers, tries to put them over her head as if they were a blouse, notices there's no head hole - at which point Ross hisses "They...
by Ellen Gethin
Tue May 08, 2007 6:16 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Coifs go out of fashion?
Replies: 28
Views: 2739

Surely scissors would be found in just about every house, though? Nearly every household would be making their own clothes, or at least adapting and mending clothes, as well as other forms of household sewing. I can't see how anyone would be able to cut out a dress pattern without scissors. Accordin...
by Ellen Gethin
Sun Apr 08, 2007 1:19 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Confused over womens clothing
Replies: 23
Views: 2849

I remember my gran saying that green should never be used for a wedding dress, because of the connection with the fairies (who might make the marriage unlucky).
by Ellen Gethin
Sat Mar 24, 2007 7:19 pm
Forum: Book, Film, TV & Music Reviews
Topic: Joan of Arc: the Messenger
Replies: 2
Views: 785

Joan of Arc: the Messenger

I happened to see a portion of this film on TV late one night, and I was sufficiently intrigued to buy the video when I saw it recently. This is the version of the story that stars Milla Jovovich as Joan, with John Malkovich, Faye Dunaway and Dustin Hoffman. It showed the violence of late medieval w...
by Ellen Gethin
Sun Jan 28, 2007 3:19 pm
Forum: Creative Works
Topic: NEW Horsies!!
Replies: 40
Views: 9228

Those are seriously good - if you don't have the confidence to "take them to smart places" get someone to twist your arm for you!
by Ellen Gethin
Thu Dec 28, 2006 7:08 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: Reenacting superstitions
Replies: 78
Views: 11932

I met a chap a couple of years ago in Kent who said he was a Church of England priest - but as he was portraying a Viking, he was wearing a Thor's hammer round his neck.
by Ellen Gethin
Thu Dec 21, 2006 3:21 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Please help - information needed
Replies: 23
Views: 2984

I have quite basic sewing skills, but so far they have been equal to the challenge of 13thC kit. I machine sew the seams that don't show, and hand sew all hems and anything else that shows. My most complicated costume was a bliaut, complete with the pointy sleeves that everyone thinks of when they t...
by Ellen Gethin
Mon Nov 27, 2006 8:00 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Mordants
Replies: 23
Views: 1986

The thought of feral Yorkshire spinners (perhaps wandering the North York Moors in small packs, and interacting with the flocks of Indian ladies who pick Yorkshire Tea) is just wonderful. :)
by Ellen Gethin
Mon Nov 20, 2006 4:12 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: wimple and veil
Replies: 5
Views: 2023

When I wear a wimple, I use the piece under the chin, followed by linen band around the forehead, with the veil on top style. I can do it in true nun style, with three pins and without a mirror! I actually talked to a nun who still wore the traditional habit to find out how to do it - that order lat...
by Ellen Gethin
Mon Nov 13, 2006 2:23 pm
Forum: Book, Film, TV & Music Reviews
Topic: The Tudor Housewife
Replies: 18
Views: 3153

I actually live in Hay-on-Wye, and work in the bookshops in Real Life (two, at the moment, and the Wool and Willow Shop). Our new bookshop is called Pembertons, and is independently run. They always have the guest authors' books during the Festival. There are around 36 second hand bookshops (dependi...
by Ellen Gethin
Sun Nov 12, 2006 2:18 pm
Forum: Book, Film, TV & Music Reviews
Topic: The Tudor Housewife
Replies: 18
Views: 3153

There used to be a good second hand bookshop on the Pottergate in Norwich, near that wonderful flint church with the free standing wisteria round it. Is it still there?
by Ellen Gethin
Wed Nov 08, 2006 4:36 pm
Forum: Book, Film, TV & Music Reviews
Topic: Food in England by Dorothy Hartley
Replies: 0
Views: 702

Food in England by Dorothy Hartley

This is a very thick book, extremely comprehensive and written in a cosy, anecdotal style that makes you feel as if you are there in the farmhouse kitchen with the author. She covers an immense range, from Saxons up to almost the Second World War (there are mentions of 'modern' rationing - the book ...
by Ellen Gethin
Sun Nov 05, 2006 2:49 pm
Forum: Book, Film, TV & Music Reviews
Topic: The Tudor Housewife
Replies: 18
Views: 3153

The trouble with Waterstones, lovely though the stores are, is that they charge publishers for the privilege of having their books in the windows - so the small publishers have little chance of being seen. Also they have recently taken over Ottakars, which means less competition on the High Street a...

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