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by randallmoffett
Fri Jun 17, 2011 8:18 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: looking for crossbow dealer
Replies: 15
Views: 3659

Re: looking for crossbow dealer

Do they have a website?

Randall
by randallmoffett
Fri Jun 17, 2011 8:16 pm
Forum: Societies
Topic: The Beaufort Companye
Replies: 32
Views: 11303

Re: The Beaufort Companye

Thank you. I will look into it.

Randall
by randallmoffett
Fri Jun 17, 2011 1:28 pm
Forum: Societies
Topic: The Beaufort Companye
Replies: 32
Views: 11303

Re: The Beaufort Companye

Ghost,

Sorry I meant the Skirmish.

I think I actually met some of your company at Herstmonceux a few years ago.

Randall
by randallmoffett
Tue Jun 14, 2011 8:29 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: mid 14th century knight
Replies: 57
Views: 12068

Re: mid 14th century knight

I will when I can. I will try getting some done soon. If I were you then I'd do a COP/POP first. I do not know if you have experience with metal working but if you could do a bascinet that'd be great. Might be a good use for the forge. Besegews at the armpit or shoulder or elbow is easy and quick as...
by randallmoffett
Tue Jun 14, 2011 2:54 am
Forum: Societies
Topic: The Beaufort Companye
Replies: 32
Views: 11303

Re: The Beaufort Companye

Great looking group! Some amazing portrayals, clothing and equipment put together here. I really enjoy the research section. When I have some spare time I will have to look through them all. One of the pictures that came up on the front page looks just like a gent I know. Allan, Is it available in t...
by randallmoffett
Mon Jun 13, 2011 6:58 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: mid 14th century knight
Replies: 57
Views: 12068

Re: mid 14th century knight

Here a few things that might help. As for an aketon/gambeson- Look at the Serjeant's Armour. http://www.medievalrepro.com/Armour.htm That said you'd want it more form fit and buttoned up the front if you wanted to wear it under armour as a man-at-arms or knight. Into the late 13th or early 14th at l...
by randallmoffett
Sun Jun 12, 2011 2:40 am
Forum: Pictures
Topic: Medieval Fair pics - Black Bank, Little Downham, June 2011
Replies: 2
Views: 1170

Re: Medieval Fair pics - Black Bank, Little Downham, June 20

Very cool! Was there a theme... say middle east 12th-early 13th century? Soem neat pictures! Looks like a lot of fun.

Randall
by randallmoffett
Sat Jun 11, 2011 1:14 am
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: mid 14th century knight
Replies: 57
Views: 12068

Re: mid 14th century knight

Jules, 1340s is the period I do so I will do everything I can to convince you to do it. That said if you are really limited on time, funds or the likes it might be easier to look at some other troop types that might be easier to get your gear together and look period. In 1340s you have a load of sol...
by randallmoffett
Fri Jun 10, 2011 2:23 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: mid 14th century knight
Replies: 57
Views: 12068

Re: mid 14th century knight

Jules, Possibly. If you do pre 1360s than it is very likely. Depending on social group maybe even 1400 plus. A couple questions that might help. What social class and what decade? I have made some 2-3 dozen COPs/POPs and there are a few things that are a bit tricky on a few of them right. You need t...
by randallmoffett
Thu Jun 09, 2011 2:42 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: mid 14th century knight
Replies: 57
Views: 12068

Re: mid 14th century knight

Benedict, The main issue is that it does not seem to be the case and as far as I know there is no evidence for such a transition. Lets start with the terms- The term Coat of plates seems synonymous with pair of plates, and of the few phrases used for these armours, it is likely the least likely used...
by randallmoffett
Thu Jun 09, 2011 3:42 am
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: mid 14th century knight
Replies: 57
Views: 12068

Re: mid 14th century knight

Gregory,

Thanks for that I was just going to look through a few of my books for pairs of brigs when I saw you already had.

Somewhat related question- Do you know if the Surtees Society volumes are online? I had been told they were but have not found them.

Randall
by randallmoffett
Thu Jun 09, 2011 3:37 am
Forum: 410-1100
Topic: Dane Axe Hight.
Replies: 18
Views: 6829

Re: Dane Axe Hight.

chrisanson, Might be but the way it is often circulated in reenactment circles makes it sound like there is some historic evidence which I have never seen but wonder if exists somewhere. Why chin length over any other length? To me using one that is chin length could be an issue for many people. Ran...
by randallmoffett
Wed Jun 08, 2011 5:37 pm
Forum: 410-1100
Topic: Dane Axe Hight.
Replies: 18
Views: 6829

Re: Dane Axe Hight.

The issue is that in all eras you have such situations but average is still the average, though you still have extremes in these statistics. Ave. height in the modern UK is 5'10" (This was 2000ish so may have changed). Medieval is 5'8". So this regardless of extremes this is true for the a...
by randallmoffett
Wed Jun 08, 2011 2:31 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: mid 14th century knight
Replies: 57
Views: 12068

Re: mid 14th century knight

Matt, Right pair simply can mean anything alike or in a set or series with two or more. It has become more limited as time as passed. Now on to your passage, It seems as if it is looking at two pairs of plates, so two of the complete units of armour. Whether it is front or back or a one part one. By...
by randallmoffett
Tue Jun 07, 2011 9:53 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: mid 14th century knight
Replies: 57
Views: 12068

Re: mid 14th century knight

Matt, The issue is you are using the modern word 'pair' for a medieval word. Pair developed from Latin, paria or par which means equal or similar. Nothing about there only being two items that are used together. We are simply looking at a term showing a number of items of similarity in this defense....
by randallmoffett
Tue Jun 07, 2011 3:31 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: mid 14th century knight
Replies: 57
Views: 12068

Re: mid 14th century knight

Well yes but it is not a simply one piece breastplate or back plate together. It is simply a more common term for coat of plates in period. the term coat of plates likely being the least commonly used. So whether front, side or back opening, one or two parts it is the same. It is simply referring to...
by randallmoffett
Mon Jun 06, 2011 8:41 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: mid 14th century knight
Replies: 57
Views: 12068

Re: mid 14th century knight

Chris, Very true. I am still working on getting my gear and other material culture but I could never do anything above a knight or I'd go crazy trying to get all the needed items together. You do see some very interesting phenomena appear in the 14th century with knights fighting to keep equipped in...
by randallmoffett
Sun Jun 05, 2011 3:51 pm
Forum: Societies
Topic: A brainwave regarding student medieval re-enactors
Replies: 5
Views: 1693

Re: A brainwave regarding student medieval re-enactors

I work at a University and have pondered something similar as well. I had envisioned some type of over arcing group to steer somethings like safety and such but there are many advantages of leaving it on the local, grassroots level. Maybe simply a website or listing of participating groups? Not a ba...
by randallmoffett
Sun Jun 05, 2011 3:41 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Archers deformaties
Replies: 11
Views: 3895

Re: Archers deformaties

I am not sure there are enough archers pulling heavy draw weights to gauge if such hard forces at work on the human body will cause long term pain and issues. There have been several books and article that hit bone deformities of archer on the Mary Rose. The issue we will have is having enough perso...
by randallmoffett
Sun Jun 05, 2011 3:37 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: mid 14th century knight
Replies: 57
Views: 12068

Re: mid 14th century knight

Fair enough. The answer to the 1320 or 1380 on is easy.... none. He is dressed like a 1350 knight. :shifty: My estimate is the average knight of 1320 wore an aketon, padded cuisses, mail hauberk and chausses, COP, bascinet or great helm, greaves, poleyns, couters and perhaps gauntlets and other limb...
by randallmoffett
Sun Jun 05, 2011 3:20 am
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: mid 14th century knight
Replies: 57
Views: 12068

Re: mid 14th century knight

I agree that you have variation in any group. The main issue though is that knights and nobles are not average really in any aspect, except among themselves. They make up tops single digits of total population and represent a huge percent of total wealth. We are talking about gents who in theory mak...
by randallmoffett
Sat Jun 04, 2011 8:43 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: mid 14th century knight
Replies: 57
Views: 12068

Re: mid 14th century knight

Chris, I have never seen any artwork that is so detailed we could tell the difference between a stuffed or sandwiched textile armour. If you know of one I'd be interested in it though. Since all/most of the information swings one way then we have evidence while without it is simply theory or hearsay...
by randallmoffett
Sat Jun 04, 2011 8:26 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: 190lb English warbow
Replies: 26
Views: 8613

Re: 190lb English warbow

Simon, Very true. I suspect the average Englishman did what he needed to meet expectations, perhaps more depending on how ingrained in the culture it was but it is highly probable that many of the archers at war were professional or semiprofessional. There are some gents that seem to have literally ...
by randallmoffett
Sat Jun 04, 2011 3:01 pm
Forum: 410-1100
Topic: Northamptonshire(Pioneer) helmet
Replies: 18
Views: 7001

Re: Northamptonshire(Pioneer) helmet

It is privately owned and was in the British Museum until 2007 or so. Sadly it simply sat in storage at the British Museum for some time before moving up to Leeds. I was actually rather sad when I saw it sitting in a dark storage room in the BM as it is really a neat helmet. It does indeed now live ...
by randallmoffett
Sat Jun 04, 2011 2:35 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: 13th Century Spice Trade
Replies: 8
Views: 1970

Re: 13th Century Spice Trade

Shortie, If you are still researching this topic here is something that might be a good place to gather some more research. http://www.fordham.edu/halsall/sbook1j.html By the later medieval period trade has become one of the main motivators in many regions. If you would like to see what England expo...
by randallmoffett
Sat Jun 04, 2011 2:16 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Any Fact in This 'Story'?
Replies: 5
Views: 1738

Re: Any Fact in This 'Story'?

Supposedly Louis X of France does in 1316 while playing real tennis. So it certainly could have been played by the time of the Black Prince. That said I have read through many royal records during the period and while some do of course have lands stripped during Edward III's reign I do not see any l...
by randallmoffett
Sat Jun 04, 2011 2:07 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: Medieval Cloth Merchants
Replies: 8
Views: 3828

Re: Medieval Cloth Merchants

Generally what we see in medieval merchant homes is a larger storage area, usually a cellar. Then on the first floor we have residence in the back and a business in the front. It a two or even three tiered building usually more residencies. If you take a look at the portage or brokage records of Sou...
by randallmoffett
Sat Jun 04, 2011 2:01 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: 190lb English warbow
Replies: 26
Views: 8613

Re: 190lb English warbow

Certainly could be. To be fair we see such demands for archery practice fairly often from this period on so it likely is simply government creating somewhat longterm laws for providing archers whenever they needed. Now is it an overreaction? No idea. Being in a constant state of war nearly for decad...
by randallmoffett
Fri Jun 03, 2011 11:38 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: 190lb English warbow
Replies: 26
Views: 8613

Re: 190lb English warbow

Found another requirement by Edward III ordering archery practice in June 1363 in the Close Rolls for 1360-1364, p. 534 while I was rereading my Thesis.

Seems Edward III knew the peace with France was already over by this point even though war would not technically break out until 1369.

RPM
by randallmoffett
Fri Jun 03, 2011 4:47 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: 190lb English warbow
Replies: 26
Views: 8613

Re: 190lb English warbow

As well something to keep in mind is that we are likely dealing with a minimum distance requirement. The Commission of arrays were brought together in a hub for a county and men would come to be 'tried, tested and arrayed'. The feel I get from the primary sources is that this is likely square one fo...

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