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by Fox
Mon Jan 27, 2014 5:01 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: 13th C. Farm
Replies: 59
Views: 13615

Re: 13th C. Farm

Selective breeding was unknown I agree, it seems apparent that "breeds" did not exist in the modern sense; just types of animals for particular roles. But to say that selective breeding was unknown is misleading. The domestication of animals and plants in prehistory is almost certainly th...
by Fox
Mon Dec 23, 2013 3:40 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Sleeveless Doublets for archers...
Replies: 63
Views: 14150

Re: Sleeveless Doublets for archers...

Apologies if it seems I'm missing something or not reading replies properly! Trying to wrap my head around all of this! Not at all. I think what we're demonstrating is for everything we know, it creates lots of questions about what we don't know. The simple answer is that wool lined with linen is t...
by Fox
Sun Dec 22, 2013 10:23 am
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Sleeveless Doublets for archers...
Replies: 63
Views: 14150

Re: Sleeveless Doublets for archers...

Thanks G23b. I note the article that says large ammounts of cotton fustians were shipped to England in the 15thC as a cheap durable material. I need to follow that up and get more detail. Worth remembering, more generally, that Italy is not England; either in terms of climate or raw materials (Engla...
by Fox
Wed Dec 18, 2013 4:05 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Sleeveless Doublets for archers...
Replies: 63
Views: 14150

Re: Sleeveless Doublets for archers...

Re fustians, there are silk and possibly linens as well, each with differing prices, mainly to add correction to the 'cheap fabric', not all will be 'cheap'. Yes. Fustian just means different fibre for warp and weft; and it does seem to be used in that context in period documents, i.e. to mean lots...
by Fox
Wed Dec 18, 2013 10:00 am
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Sleeveless Doublets for archers...
Replies: 63
Views: 14150

Re: Sleeveless Doublets for archers...

Hi Foxy, cotton fustians are mentioned in a late 15th century statute, a number of them, mainly as an edict against fustian makers from burning the cotton part of the fustian, as it weakened the cloth. Cotton prices, IIRC Mark Griffin may well have posted the actual statute here somewhere, I have r...
by Fox
Tue Dec 17, 2013 10:32 am
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Sleeveless Doublets for archers...
Replies: 63
Views: 14150

Re: Sleeveless Doublets for archers...

The modern moleskin is a guess at the probable texture of medieval fustian, which had cotton in it, this was a cheap and inferior addition, not a high quality one, hence the relative cheapness of fustian. Cotton? My understanding is that cotton was not widely used in England. (I know, it's a point ...
by Fox
Tue Dec 10, 2013 12:16 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Sleeveless Doublets for archers...
Replies: 63
Views: 14150

Re: Sleeveless Doublets for archers...

I told him not to use the term pourpoint for the (sleeveless) undergarment. I prefer the term 'petticote'. As an example, the Middle English dictionary does describe "peticote" as being a garment worn between a doublet and shirt, but with or without sleeves; it also says it can refer to a...
by Fox
Tue Dec 10, 2013 12:02 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Sleeveless Doublets for archers...
Replies: 63
Views: 14150

Re: Sleeveless Doublets for archers...

It's worth bearing in mind that the modern meaning of words, even those referring to historic items, is not the same as the usage of those words in a historical context. It's especially true that we use words to specifically refer to a particular form, design or style of an object; nearly always the...
by Fox
Fri Dec 06, 2013 5:43 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Sleeveless Doublets for archers...
Replies: 63
Views: 14150

Re: Sleeveless Doublets for archers...

My understanding is that there is no such thing as a sleeveless doublet in England until after the end of the War of the Roses.
by Fox
Wed Dec 04, 2013 11:42 am
Forum: Traders Discussion
Topic: Tarot
Replies: 7
Views: 3951

Re: Tarot

My understanding is that Tarot as gaming cards originates in the mid-15thC, as part of the increasing popularity of playing cards. I'd be gobsmacked if Tarot cards weren't used for divination, since Cartomancy seems to follow very rapidly with the use of general playing cards for gaming. However, Ta...
by Fox
Thu Nov 28, 2013 1:48 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Newbie saying hi, and a question!
Replies: 42
Views: 10337

Re: Newbie saying hi, and a question!

Another eye witness describes them(archers) as getting stuck in with swords, hatchets, mauls, axes, becs de faucon and other weapons ... That's the quote that Desmond Seward uses in his Hundred Years War book, but despite quotation marks, he doesn't provide a source for it. I don't suppose you know...
by Fox
Wed Oct 30, 2013 4:12 pm
Forum: Traders Discussion
Topic: ILHF
Replies: 2
Views: 1653

Re: ILHF

You probably could have done it without me; I only turned up in time to carry in the last table.
Matt looked liked he'd have managed that without me.
by Fox
Wed Oct 30, 2013 4:10 pm
Forum: Pictures
Topic: Coventry Sallet by Master M
Replies: 8
Views: 3939

Re: Coventry Sallet by Master M

Mark Griffin wrote:Or a 'want to cuddle' button

Come 'ere; I'll give 'e a cuddle.
by Fox
Fri Oct 25, 2013 10:59 am
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Cbeebies goes all Middle Ages
Replies: 5
Views: 2099

Re: Cbeebies goes all Middle Ages

Do your stripes no longer hang straight?
by Fox
Wed Oct 23, 2013 2:41 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Bannockburn 2014
Replies: 232
Views: 54305

Re: Bannockburn 2014

That wouldn't be consistent with statements he's made in public, would it?
(See the press statements in the early part of this thread).
by Fox
Wed Oct 23, 2013 2:07 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Bannockburn 2014
Replies: 232
Views: 54305

Re: Bannockburn 2014

guthrie wrote:
Medicus Matt wrote:
guthrie wrote:Aaaaand it's Clanranald doing the battle and village!


I thought that had been established by page 2?

We were told otherwise before this latest announcement.

Really? By whom?
by Fox
Wed Oct 23, 2013 10:52 am
Forum: General History
Topic: Long bows, longer bows
Replies: 6
Views: 2789

Re: Long bows, longer bows

Is that a Cornish "cloth yard" or a standard English one? :wink:
by Fox
Wed Oct 23, 2013 10:49 am
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Cbeebies goes all Middle Ages
Replies: 5
Views: 2099

Re: Cbeebies goes all Middle Ages

Hard to say; 40 is the new 21.

How old do you have to be to be middle aged?
by Fox
Fri Oct 18, 2013 12:09 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Yeoman archer
Replies: 31
Views: 8902

Re: Yeoman archer

Your equipment should match the "level" of your soft kit. IE, if you are dressed like a shepherd in ill fitting clothes and hose rolled down to your ankles then, in my opinion, it looks ridiculous if you then come out of your tent as King Arthur for the battles. You could just be portrayi...
by Fox
Mon Oct 14, 2013 4:31 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Newbie saying hi, and a question!
Replies: 42
Views: 10337

Re: Newbie saying hi, and a question!

Also, I couldn't help but think it seemed ridiculous that archers would fight in a melee against armoured people with sharp weapons, armed only with an oversized mallet. But something like a crudely improvised pollaxe, that actually sounds plausible! I don't see the item you describe in the Henry B...
by Fox
Tue Oct 08, 2013 9:03 am
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Newbie saying hi, and a question!
Replies: 42
Views: 10337

Re: Newbie saying hi, and a question!

I think it might be referring to Henry Barrett (1562) ….a maule of leade with a pyke of five inches longe, well stieled, sett in a staff of fyve foote of lengthe with a hooke at his gyrdell to take of and mayntayne the fighte as oure elders have donn, with handye stroaks For what it's worth, Roger A...
by Fox
Wed Sep 25, 2013 2:26 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Newbie saying hi, and a question!
Replies: 42
Views: 10337

Re: Newbie saying hi, and a question!

You are right Fox. I was thinking "outside of the box" which is a foolish thing to do. There are no descriptions of archers with spears at all. In fact the only time I have come across the two being mentioned together is in the Ordinance that explains that archers and spearmen should be t...
by Fox
Wed Sep 25, 2013 9:57 am
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Newbie saying hi, and a question!
Replies: 42
Views: 10337

Re: Newbie saying hi, and a question!

Some re-enactors claim that grossemesser, falchion, hanger type blades were the preserve of archers, I don't. I don't know why archers can't use spears like everyone else to be honest. Because the descriptions from the 100 Years War talk about archers with axes and mauls? Because the Welsh archers ...
by Fox
Wed Aug 28, 2013 10:20 am
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Bannockburn 2014
Replies: 232
Views: 54305

Re: Bannockburn 2014

guthrie wrote:I feel obliged to say that the NTS et al are trying to make sure it doesn't turn into a nationalist festival type event....

Although they have decided more generally that it should be a celebration of Scottishness, rather than a simple anniversary of the Battle.
by Fox
Wed Aug 28, 2013 6:48 am
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Bannockburn 2014
Replies: 232
Views: 54305

Re: Bannockburn 2014

And so it should be but actually what is happening is criticism BEFORE the event. Before the groups have even been notified as to who is going and who is doing what. I would say the "criticism", such as it is, is entirely based on things people know, or believe they know, about the event....
by Fox
Tue Aug 27, 2013 8:57 am
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Bannockburn 2014
Replies: 232
Views: 54305

Re:

Anthony of the MSS wrote:Fox - actually, you'll find the East Midlands has more local interest in Scotland than you realise - we have Corby.

You may be an Essex boy, but I was born and raised in Stamford.
I am very familiar with Corby and it's surrounding villages, and it's excellent police response times. :wink:
by Fox
Mon Aug 26, 2013 8:30 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Bannockburn 2014
Replies: 232
Views: 54305

Re: Bannockburn 2014

^ What they said.
by Fox
Wed Aug 21, 2013 3:24 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Bannockburn 2014
Replies: 232
Views: 54305

Re: Bannockburn 2014

Did I hear that they were called Beowulf?

Either that's a poor knowledge of history, or they're a Vike group "doing" pirates, no?
by Fox
Wed Aug 21, 2013 3:17 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Bannockburn 2014
Replies: 232
Views: 54305

Re: Bannockburn 2014

Mark Griffin wrote:
They're great films


Have to pull you up there old fruit. Number 1 was. the rest were utter bilge water. lets hope Number 5 is a final fling in the right direction...

Sorry, by "they" I meant The Crimson Pirate and the 1st PoC film.
Mostly I meant The Crimson Pirate.
by Fox
Wed Aug 21, 2013 2:18 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Bannockburn 2014
Replies: 232
Views: 54305

Re: Bannockburn 2014

However, there also seems to be a strange element of non-historical reenactment there too (the pirates for example). I'm afraid that's a more general disease in Gold Age of Piracy re-enactment, both nationally and internationally. There are lots of "Hollywood" pirates about who seem quite...

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