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by Fox
Wed Oct 03, 2012 2:15 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: River fishing
Replies: 21
Views: 6028

Re: River fishing

Now, when I'm summoning Griff do I have to dance round the fire clockwise or anti-clockwise, and is it essential that I'm nude or is that just what he prefers? :thumbup: I mourn, once again, for the want of proper <Like> button. Probably best just do what he prefers anyway, or he'll just make vague...
by Fox
Wed Oct 03, 2012 11:54 am
Forum: General History
Topic: River fishing
Replies: 21
Views: 6028

Re: River fishing

Mark Griffin once pretended on Time Team that he knew about histroical fishing; IIRC with wicker traps.

I think Gary Ball from Ty Mawr (History Matters) may have some experience too.
by Fox
Thu Sep 27, 2012 7:06 am
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Pikes at Bosworth.....
Replies: 19
Views: 5147

Re: Pikes at Bosworth.....

steve stanley wrote:TBH,I'm not really concerned over Richard in this topic....

Bad luck. Let me know how it works out for you.

You've poked the bear; and most people have a "marmite" opinion about Richard, although its lost on me.
by Fox
Wed Sep 26, 2012 9:31 am
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Pikes at Bosworth.....
Replies: 19
Views: 5147

Re: Pikes at Bosworth.....

I think that view is as disproportionately anti-Ricardian as some views are pro-Ricardian. Richard has seen a lot of action, and is thought of at the time as a compitent military leader. We're a little short on detail to judge most of his engagements. But Bosworth might easily be considered as what ...
by Fox
Wed Sep 19, 2012 10:45 am
Forum: Friends and Gossip
Topic: Licencing - muskets etc.
Replies: 96
Views: 63613

Re: Licencing - muskets etc.

IanS wrote:Also why is a blunderbus FAC not shotgun cert?

It depends on individual gun.

I have Blunderbus, held as a shotgun.

But, most typical histroical examples, and thus replicas, do not meet the requirements for a shotgun; usually the barrel length is too short.
by Fox
Sun Sep 16, 2012 7:27 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Archers Side Arm
Replies: 37
Views: 9160

Re: Archers Side Arm

You could argue that the Black Death is factor in the early decline of fuedlism in England; possibly in a way it is not in Europe because of the larger overall population.

You could. If you wanted. :D
by Fox
Fri Sep 14, 2012 5:23 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Horn reinforced bracer
Replies: 19
Views: 3967

Re: Horn reinforced bracer

I really like the bracer in the Medieval and Anglo Saxon Leather finds book from the York Archeological Trust (you can download it from their website). It's made from part of the sole of a shoe, held on with the buckle that used to keep the shoe on the foot! Alison and Hugh's Handmade Things sell a...
by Fox
Fri Sep 14, 2012 2:58 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Archers Side Arm
Replies: 37
Views: 9160

Re: Archers Side Arm

I think that Edward III is a forward looking king, which may have something to do with his education. Good old Walter de Milemete I wasn't just thinking of him, but also Richard de Bury and others. He's probably as well educated a king as any until Henry V [who had access to both Geoffrey Chaucer a...
by Fox
Fri Sep 14, 2012 2:38 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Archers Side Arm
Replies: 37
Views: 9160

Re: Archers Side Arm

However from what I've read the bow was still seen as a lowest status weapon for a man to bear. Likewise, not my period, but I understand that to be correct. As for the longbow, I thought it originated from the Gwent area, or is that a matter of conjecture? Unless there is some specific evidence I'...
by Fox
Fri Sep 14, 2012 1:14 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Archers Side Arm
Replies: 37
Views: 9160

Re: Archers Side Arm

The adoption of the sword for archers in the Late Middle Ages may also revolve around the dropping cost. There appears to grow a significant 'second hand' market turn up then. And improving metal work decreases the cost of manifacture also. It always makes me smile to see HYW inventories with a num...
by Fox
Fri Sep 14, 2012 12:54 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Archers Side Arm
Replies: 37
Views: 9160

Re: Archers Side Arm

I had the impression that the systematic use of archers in planned campaigns was led by Edward I And, personally, I don't think it's co-incidence that after they are largely ignored in the unsuccessful Scotish campaigns by Edward II, they are brought back strongly by Edward III together with the ot...
by Fox
Fri Sep 14, 2012 12:53 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Archers Side Arm
Replies: 37
Views: 9160

Re: Archers Side Arm

I'm happy to be educated on a couple of points, but my understanding was.... :shifty: the Vikings et al had a culture based around the sword as the primary weapon I was under the impression that the majority of a Viking force would have been made of bóndi (freeman), who were typically armed with a s...
by Fox
Fri Sep 14, 2012 8:30 am
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Archers Side Arm
Replies: 37
Views: 9160

Re: Archers Side Arm

Much I'd tend to agree with there. I think the Scotish campaigns of the early part of the century have something to do with the way the English think about warfare. I think that Edward III is a forward looking king, which may have something to do with his education. And I think a changing social str...
by Fox
Thu Sep 13, 2012 1:52 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Archers Side Arm
Replies: 37
Views: 9160

Re: Archers Side Arm

The Battle of Crécy: 26th August 1346

Black Death Arrives in England: June 1348

Perhaps there was a different cause and effect?
by Fox
Thu Sep 13, 2012 11:46 am
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Archers Side Arm
Replies: 37
Views: 9160

Re: Archers Side Arm

Up close and against infantry or cavalry with shields, armour and spears archers, who have none of these things, all die. The bast option is to run away or hide behind better equipped soldiers. A dagger or an axe is not going to help you. And yet, 200 years later... Agincourt. 14thC and 15thC are b...
by Fox
Wed Sep 12, 2012 9:21 am
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Wooden Drinking Vessels
Replies: 11
Views: 4655

Re: Wooden Drinking Vessels

You can also get modern "safe" oils, which have no flavour.
by Fox
Mon Sep 03, 2012 8:21 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: 15th century Linen doublet sources
Replies: 110
Views: 21663

Re: 15th century Linen doublet sources

Not always the best reference, but the wikipedia reference for Kersey is thus:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kersey_(cloth)
by Fox
Mon Sep 03, 2012 8:17 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: 15th century Linen doublet sources
Replies: 110
Views: 21663

Re: 15th century Linen doublet sources

Kersey, as I understand it, seems like the right wool for hose; hard-wearing with some stretch.
by Fox
Mon Sep 03, 2012 7:50 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: 15th century Linen doublet sources
Replies: 110
Views: 21663

Re: 15th century Linen doublet sources

a yard of blake russet karyssey (kersey) to make Richert baron a dublet, price xiiij d. Kersey? That is interesting, and broadens what has been said already. I note that a yard [of narrow cloth] is not enough cloth to make a doublet. I don't know what that means; it's simply an observation. I also ...
by Fox
Thu Aug 30, 2012 12:56 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: 15th century Linen doublet sources
Replies: 110
Views: 21663

Re: 15th century Linen doublet sources

Are his definition modern and useful, if arbitary, ones, based on some historical indicators? Or are they intended to be simply indicative of what actually happened? Or are they derived or extrapolated from written law and custom of the period? I've seen things like sumptuary laws that indicate soc...
by Fox
Wed Aug 29, 2012 9:55 pm
Forum: Pictures
Topic: Not for those with weak stomachs....
Replies: 43
Views: 14315

Re: Not for those with weak stomachs....

:doh: :^) Perhaps not drinking to a virtual stupor should be your higher consideration, obviously so drunk you were unable to tend to a wound or even register the fact that it was quite a mess..... etc. etc. A staggering set of assumptions for a first post. Perhaps he was very drunk. But a simple f...
by Fox
Wed Aug 29, 2012 2:48 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: 15th century Linen doublet sources
Replies: 110
Views: 21663

Re: 15th century Linen doublet sources

Are his definition modern and useful, if arbitary, ones, based on some historical indicators? Or are they intended to be simply indicative of what actually happened? Or are they derived or extrapolated from written law and custom of the period? I've seen things like sumptuary laws that indicate soci...
by Fox
Wed Aug 29, 2012 10:54 am
Forum: 1603-1715
Topic: tips for avoiding rusty armor
Replies: 5
Views: 3305

Re: tips for avoiding rusty armor

Dave Hodges, the Iron Dwarf, has a product he calls Battle Wax.
It's very good.
by Fox
Wed Aug 29, 2012 10:52 am
Forum: Pictures
Topic: Not for those with weak stomachs....
Replies: 43
Views: 14315

Re: Not for those with weak stomachs....

Excellent. I'll buy you drink, if you promise not fall over and bash your head...
by Fox
Wed Aug 29, 2012 5:48 am
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Fighting priests
Replies: 32
Views: 8245

Re: Fighting priests

Some of the Militant Orders are still active by the time of the WotR; in England that really means only the the Order of St. John of Jerusalem (Hospitallers). John Langstrother, prior of the Order of St. John, leads the Lancastrian Cavalry at Tewkesbury. At a lower level the monks at Vale Royal Abbe...
by Fox
Tue Aug 28, 2012 2:00 pm
Forum: Pictures
Topic: Not for those with weak stomachs....
Replies: 43
Views: 14315

Re: Not for those with weak stomachs....

Surely you bled like a pig...?
by Fox
Tue Aug 28, 2012 12:16 pm
Forum: Pictures
Topic: Not for those with weak stomachs....
Replies: 43
Views: 14315

Re: Not for those with weak stomachs....

Oh dear.

Which I bet is what you said when it happened. And possibly "flip".

Still, not going to knock any sense out.

Have a speedy recovery.
by Fox
Tue Aug 28, 2012 11:39 am
Forum: Friends and Gossip
Topic: Licencing - muskets etc.
Replies: 96
Views: 63613

Re: Licencing - muskets etc.

Langley wrote:You can be a group of one as long as you can pay the full premium on your own.

And I do. :D

No problem with shotgun renewal this year; I let you know how it goes with the Firearms licence when I go co-terminus next year.

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