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by Mark
Mon Oct 08, 2007 11:31 am
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Age
Replies: 31
Views: 8362

Thomas Howard Earl of Surrey and later 2nd Duke of Norfolk.Lived from 1443 to 1524 so thats 81 years old.He commanded the English forces at the battle of Flodden at age 70.
Oggie (Buckinghams Retinue)
by Mark
Tue Apr 10, 2007 10:25 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Medieval hat help
Replies: 3
Views: 739

Hi Sally,
Thanks for the reply.I have PM'd you.
Oggie.
by Mark
Tue Apr 10, 2007 7:56 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Medieval hat help
Replies: 3
Views: 739

Medieval hat help

Hi all, Does anyone know where I can buy a Woollen Medieval hat. It is pictured in the book "The Great Warbow" by Strickland & Hardy on page 391 being worn by St Sebastian in the Prayer book of Maximillian I and also on page 336 being worn by the Archer in English Livery in The Battle of Agincourt f...
by Mark
Tue Mar 20, 2007 8:47 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: fire lighting
Replies: 72
Views: 20777

One that made me go HUH!? was 'Brennynge colis of palme tre kepe fyre longe but geueth lytll heate.' Hi Hraefn, I think I understand this. My favourite Tinder at the moment is straw wrapped in a thin layer of Coir.I obtain the coir by tearing up hanging basket liners,leaving them to soak in water t...
by Mark
Thu Mar 15, 2007 9:40 am
Forum: General History
Topic: fire lighting
Replies: 72
Views: 20777

[quote="Hraefn"]From a 16thC book that I've lost the title and date of( 1530-1550ish) it's an English-Latin phrase book for travellers, the idea being when in furren parts(!) you find the priest and point at bits of the book whilst shouting ME NO UNDERSTANDEE JOHNNY FOREIGN, aaah the British abroad....
by Mark
Thu Mar 15, 2007 9:30 am
Forum: General History
Topic: fire lighting
Replies: 72
Views: 20777

Hi Wim-Jaap, I have used different tins to good effect but it depends on your fire. I normally use a small,one ring camping cooker to make my Char, in which case a round tin is possibly better than an an oblong one as the entire tin is on the heat, however read my post on making Char on page one bec...
by Mark
Sat Feb 17, 2007 6:39 am
Forum: General History
Topic: fire lighting
Replies: 72
Views: 20777

Thats good information Jack, As I said in an earlier post, I believe that linen cloth was available to be used as Char Cloth in the Medieval period and your information backs that up well. Looking more closely at the Gaelic word Spong you mentioned,apparently the word Spunk came (no pun intended) fr...
by Mark
Tue Jan 30, 2007 5:56 pm
Forum: Book, Film, TV & Music Reviews
Topic: TALES FROM THE GREEN VALLEY
Replies: 2
Views: 1131

TALES FROM THE GREEN VALLEY

Earlier this month I obtained the DVD set of the Tales from the Green Valley series. I didn't see the series at all when it was on TV probably because 2005 was such a nightmare year with Louise having Cancer etc. I obtained the DVD's straight from the Producer,Peter Sommer. He was so chuffed that I ...
by Mark
Sun Jan 14, 2007 11:12 am
Forum: General History
Topic: fire lighting
Replies: 72
Views: 20777

Once the knack is mastered,creating the spark and catching the ember becomes the easy bit! So many things need to become second nature. Things like.. 1. Always close your Charcloth tin before creating sparks, so the lot dosn't go up! 2.Always turn your back to the wind when opening the Charcloth tin...
by Mark
Sat Jan 06, 2007 8:42 am
Forum: General History
Topic: fire lighting
Replies: 72
Views: 20777

You can make a poor quality Char Cloth without the tin. Just take a piece of your cotton or Linen and set fire to it in as many places as you can... give it a couple of seconds to burn..then put it out with your foot. Some of the Cloth will have burnt to ashes but bits will survive and they will tak...
by Mark
Sat Jan 06, 2007 12:06 am
Forum: General History
Topic: fire lighting
Replies: 72
Views: 20777

Any or all of the methods mentioned may have been used in firelighting. How often though would they have been used? Lets not forget that people lived more communal lives than now and had to rely on each other to exist. In an ordinary house the fire may have been going all day and then covered at nig...
by Mark
Thu Jan 04, 2007 8:46 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: fire lighting
Replies: 72
Views: 20777

Nice summary of charcloth Mark. There really is something satisfying about striking a light. Any ideas re provenance of charcloth in middle ages? re container, I had a small latten/brass box, it stopped the cloth from being crushed or folded, you don't really want load of char dust, the weave helps...
by Mark
Wed Jan 03, 2007 10:29 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: fire lighting
Replies: 72
Views: 20777

Hi Dave,
Interesting site! I think thats quite a good price for a bag of ready made Charcloth.
Oggie.
by Mark
Wed Jan 03, 2007 2:01 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: fire lighting
Replies: 72
Views: 20777

I use flint & steel with char cloth to catch the spark and then transfer to dried fungus/punk/tow and lately home made sulphur tipped spills to get the flame. I did buy some sulphur dipped matches from a trader but the sulphur tended to drop off so made my own which are much better. .....snip.........
by Mark
Wed Jan 03, 2007 1:31 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: fire lighting
Replies: 72
Views: 20777

Panda wrote:When exactly was fire steel first made?
Hi Panda,
There is a Ray Mears program where he uses Iron Pyrites which when struck against a Flint produce small cool sparks which,with a lot of patience could be caught on various Fungii which acts like the Char Cloth.
Oggie.
by Mark
Wed Jan 03, 2007 10:20 am
Forum: General History
Topic: fire lighting
Replies: 72
Views: 20777

[quote="John Waller"]I use flint & steel with char cloth to catch the spark and then transfer to dried fungus/punk/tow and lately home made sulphur tipped spills to get the flame. I did buy some sulphur dipped matches from a trader but the sulphur tended to drop off so made my own which are much bet...
by Mark
Wed Jan 03, 2007 10:17 am
Forum: General History
Topic: fire lighting
Replies: 72
Views: 20777

it should keep allright in a pouch, long as you dont sit on it too much, have a few leather pouches for keeping patch in, some with an iron sewn into the bottom of them, also have a few tins for patch and steel depends what point in time you are, but a leather pouch should be allright, a length of ...
by Mark
Wed Jan 03, 2007 9:26 am
Forum: General History
Topic: fire lighting
Replies: 72
Views: 20777

Thats it Guthrie, Just like Charcoal production..heating the material in an oxygen free environment which leaves the carbonised material behind intact. This season at events I'll have lots of Char Cloth,strikers,King Alfreds Cakes etc to show the Public but if anyone wants to learn how to use Flint ...
by Mark
Wed Jan 03, 2007 12:18 am
Forum: General History
Topic: fire lighting
Replies: 72
Views: 20777

Hi Dave, I'm new to reenactment,my first event was Blore Heath.So I also need to think about how to carry my firelighting kit. I think a small (waterproof waxed?) leather pouch to hold the Steel/flints and char cloth. This small pouch could be inside a larger pouch (more protection for the char) whi...
by Mark
Tue Jan 02, 2007 9:23 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: fire lighting
Replies: 72
Views: 20777

Hi Guthrie, Making Char Cloth is a bit of a knack and I think that everyone here that uses a traditional Flint/steel will have their own tried and tested ways..heres mine. Preparation:- My material is 100% cotton,some swear by linen ..no problem. The cotton I use is actually cut up disposable inner ...
by Mark
Mon Sep 04, 2006 9:50 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: WotR drill
Replies: 39
Views: 6301

So when does she want to joing the Dogs of War then?
Sal - our gloriious leader - is a doctor at said seat of learning


I cant see Michelle living in a tent for the weekend..Where would she plug in the hair - straighteners? :?: :shock: :roll:

Mark.
by Mark
Mon Sep 04, 2006 8:58 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: Would you ?????
Replies: 31
Views: 5237

I shall split the difference and go back in time for a year only.. Perhaps life was harder, perhaps life could be a constant round of planning the foodstocks and Farming year,perhaps some of their medical knowledge was flawed but just maybe..They lived in communities where they were needed,respected...
by Mark
Mon Sep 04, 2006 8:32 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: WotR drill
Replies: 39
Views: 6301

Hi Cleggy, just me & my new 'fiance'.... Congratulations to you both. :D All will be welcome, although your daughter might want to start hitting people with a pointy stick, considering what position she plays rugby at! If we put Lauren on the Flank of the Bill Block she'll be looking for someone who...
by Mark
Mon Sep 04, 2006 3:27 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: WotR drill
Replies: 39
Views: 6301

Oh well. I suppose an opening game win at Welford Rd was a little too much to expect - is the Tigers after all! Didn't see the game (at a birthday party in Stafford) but it sounds like a fair result, see spreaders is up to his usual reffing standards again... :? Both teams sounded like they played ...
by Mark
Sun Sep 03, 2006 4:51 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: WotR drill
Replies: 39
Views: 6301

Hi Cleggy, Sale have come on no end in the past couple of years especially with monsters like Chabal in the pack..I enjoyed my visit to Edgeley park except for trying to park the car.. :x The atmosphere at Welford Rd is exceptional..much better than over the Road at Leicester City FC! Very friendly ...
by Mark
Sat Sep 02, 2006 3:49 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: WotR drill
Replies: 39
Views: 6301

Craig/Cleggy, Cheers for the info..The shoulder and the Trail are familiar to me from Rifle drill.. Form Ray On Me - The Captain will stand where the ray(s) are wanted What are Ray(s)?? Mark. A line - the captain often holds his polearm horizontal in front of him to indicate where Cheers Craig, Tha...
by Mark
Sat Sep 02, 2006 3:34 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: WotR drill
Replies: 39
Views: 6301

Hi Cleggy/Craig, I wasn't at the Final but we were Season Ticket holders at the time..My daughter pestered for one this year but we shall go whenever we can..unfortunately unlike "ahem" other teams etc Welford Road is often sold out ages before the game..The only chance of getting tickets is when th...
by Mark
Sat Sep 02, 2006 3:22 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: WotR drill
Replies: 39
Views: 6301

Craig/Cleggy,
Cheers for the info..The shoulder and the Trail are familiar to me from Rifle drill..

Form Ray On Me - The Captain will stand where the ray(s) are wanted


What are Ray(s)??

Mark.
by Mark
Sat Sep 02, 2006 3:16 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: WotR drill
Replies: 39
Views: 6301

(Good luck against the evil Tigers this weekend by the way :D ) Hope thats not the glorious Leicester Tigers being referred to??? We're playing some team from Sale tomorrow :lol: We shall all be shouting on the Tigers..I hope we have better luck than two seasons ago..My daughter (openside Flanker f...
by Mark
Sat Sep 02, 2006 12:18 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: WotR drill
Replies: 39
Views: 6301

There seems to be an old word "thrang" meaning "busy" and an Old Norse word "ðvert" =thvert meaning "across" they could be related to these words.
Mark.