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by Chris, yclept John Barber
Tue Jul 01, 2008 8:15 am
Forum: Pictures
Topic: The Fed at Windsor 2008
Replies: 13
Views: 2395

She wasn't badly hurt...
by Chris, yclept John Barber
Tue Jul 01, 2008 8:13 am
Forum: Pictures
Topic: The Fed at Windsor 2008
Replies: 13
Views: 2395

And the noisy boys and girls...
by Chris, yclept John Barber
Tue Jul 01, 2008 8:12 am
Forum: Pictures
Topic: The Fed at Windsor 2008
Replies: 13
Views: 2395

The Fed at Windsor 2008

All pictures taken on Saturday...

There are none of the fighting, because I was in there scrapping.
by Chris, yclept John Barber
Thu Jun 26, 2008 3:06 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: WOR Fed Combat
Replies: 27
Views: 4007

The first draft of the script is now available. if anyone would like to see and comment on it, let me know by PM.

I'd like as much input on this as possible, so that it's not just KIBS' view of the world, but copyright is reserved to me.
by Chris, yclept John Barber
Wed Jun 11, 2008 12:39 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Safe, authentic, entertaining battles.
Replies: 137
Views: 17564

"This means we are free to do the shows we want, rather than ones which provide an income." You might find that some groups have to turn down events because they are so busy and effective at charging what is reasonable in the context of the event they go to, ie they have more choice becau...
by Chris, yclept John Barber
Wed Jun 11, 2008 12:21 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Safe, authentic, entertaining battles.
Replies: 137
Views: 17564

gregory23b wrote:EH Festival of History is anything but entertaining...


I never saw that in their advertising! :D
by Chris, yclept John Barber
Fri May 30, 2008 2:25 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: WOR Fed Combat
Replies: 27
Views: 4007

I can't be at Kenilworth (KIB are at Fort Paull, Hull) but am willing to hand over the script for other directors/cameramen if there are any other volunteers.
by Chris, yclept John Barber
Fri May 30, 2008 12:31 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: WOR Fed Combat
Replies: 27
Views: 4007

I'd be happy to do the scripting, preferably in conjunction with other volunteers willing to make suggestions and comments on the drafts. We also have someone in our group who I'm sure would be willing to do the filming. [But two or three more volunteers would be welcome for the different camera-ang...
by Chris, yclept John Barber
Thu May 15, 2008 12:19 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: What is known about Late Medival battlefield Combat?
Replies: 45
Views: 6569

My Lord of Buckingham (one of the dead ones) had some 2'000 Knot badges made to be given out to his men. Does this need a new thread: "On the Activities of Zombies in the Wars of the Roses"? How did they resolve the problem of inheritance when the late former Lord is still around giving o...
by Chris, yclept John Barber
Mon May 12, 2008 12:33 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Help needed - how many people carried a sword in the C15th
Replies: 13
Views: 2108

The original question being 'would they have used swords in the line of battle', the answer is no. Swordsmen generally need more room to operate (room to swing the sword) so they can't stand as close together for mutual support as men with polearms. (Please, everyone - don't relaunch the 'did they u...
by Chris, yclept John Barber
Thu Apr 10, 2008 2:05 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: Church bells - when did they appear?
Replies: 9
Views: 1702

Church bells - when did they appear?

It's one of the things we take for granted - in Ye Olden Dayes, the best way of telling time was to listen out for the local church's bells tolling the canonical hours. But when did that start? Casting bells takes a lot of skill and a good quantity of metal. Does anyone know when the technology was ...
by Chris, yclept John Barber
Wed Apr 09, 2008 8:11 am
Forum: Pictures
Topic: History Boot Camp 2008
Replies: 9
Views: 1756

I felt how Linus (sp) on the Snoopy cartoons must have felt, complete with tiny flies buzzing round me head. :( That was Pigpen, who had the ability to walk out of the house fresh from the bath & in clean clothes, stand motionless talking to Charlie Brown, and on the fourth panel - "POOF!&...
by Chris, yclept John Barber
Tue Apr 08, 2008 12:09 pm
Forum: Pictures
Topic: History Boot Camp 2008
Replies: 9
Views: 1756

And there were bang-sticks aplenty...
by Chris, yclept John Barber
Tue Apr 08, 2008 12:05 pm
Forum: Pictures
Topic: History Boot Camp 2008
Replies: 9
Views: 1756

History Boot Camp 2008

'Twas only a Winter Wonderland on Sunday morning, but while it lasted...
by Chris, yclept John Barber
Mon Mar 31, 2008 12:46 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: Another sensitive subject
Replies: 26
Views: 5346

During a Murder Mystery, I was talking about how Ed, one of the 'suspects', used to be in line to take over as the Captain, up till the Battle of Barnet. Of course, that wasn't possible now... One of the MOPs asked "Why not?" I just turned and looked at Ed, then back at the MOP till I saw ...
by Chris, yclept John Barber
Thu Feb 28, 2008 1:00 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: The Howards and the Percies
Replies: 3
Views: 1180

The Howards and the Percies

We’re doing a Wars of the Roses-era show at Alnwick Castle over the Easter weekend in our guise as the Howard Household. But the castle have just had a brainstorm – someone realised that the Howard Household would be taking over the Percy’s home castle, and that just wouldn’t do ‘given the relations...
by Chris, yclept John Barber
Tue Feb 12, 2008 1:23 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: Firing Bows?
Replies: 43
Views: 6951

Another reason 'shoot' is still in use is that it doesn't become confused with 'Five', no matter what your accent. Under controlled conditions, like on a firing-range, you might hear a countdown (all right - if you're watching a Scrapheap Challenge where they go to a firing range) which goes "s...
by Chris, yclept John Barber
Mon Feb 04, 2008 1:31 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Scottish/North of England Medieval re-enactments 2008 thread
Replies: 34
Views: 3662

Re: Scottish/North of England Medieval re-enactments 2008 th

Hence welcome to "Scottish/North of England Medieval re-enactments 2008 thread" So, what's confirmed and who's doing what this year? What's your intent here: is this a "who's going to be somewhere so I can go and see their event if I'm not doing something more interesting", or i...
by Chris, yclept John Barber
Wed Jan 23, 2008 1:33 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: Hoisting of Knights
Replies: 29
Views: 3858

My understanding -based on nothing but my own assumption I must add- was that the harnesses were designed to have all the re-enforcement pieces bolted and screwed on to them as the wearer sat on his horse. But could you lift a 20lb helm or a 35lb (I'm guessing here!) bulletproof breastplate high en...
by Chris, yclept John Barber
Tue Nov 20, 2007 1:30 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Shaving soaps?
Replies: 12
Views: 1928

"Shaving was difficult, painful, and infrequent." That's why the contemporary illustrations show everyone with beards and 'designer stubble', of course... What, they don't? :? (BTW Jorge: I know you were posting it as a comment on the quality of info on the net - I just couldn't resist an...
by Chris, yclept John Barber
Fri Nov 16, 2007 1:08 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Whose side are you on?
Replies: 46
Views: 6275

King John, of course!

(Well, the index is from 1100-1500!)
by Chris, yclept John Barber
Tue Nov 13, 2007 1:29 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: On the Provenance of Prickers...
Replies: 28
Views: 4402

Thanks for that link Thomas. To summarise my understanding of the info in that thread: prickers were not only known but common in medieval England, but never illustrated or mentioned in contemporary documents. (If it weren't for inconvenient archaeological finds and survival of actual sets, they cou...
by Chris, yclept John Barber
Mon Nov 12, 2007 9:09 am
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: On the Provenance of Prickers...
Replies: 28
Views: 4402

On the Provenance of Prickers...

(Not as rude as the title may sound!) For those who don't know, the prickers I am referring to are single spikes, about four inches long, used at the dining table for spearing food from communal trays. Suddenly they're everywhere. At TORM last weekend, they must have been on at least a dozen stands....
by Chris, yclept John Barber
Fri Nov 09, 2007 1:47 pm
Forum: Pictures
Topic: More Tewkers 07 Pics
Replies: 2
Views: 1226

Boo, hiss.. only one of any of our group is a bunch of us seen from behind crammed into the line. Main point of commenting, though, is that I find the background interferes with the site - the 'leopards and lilies' blast all the text away and you have to strain to see where links are. It's also so b...
by Chris, yclept John Barber
Thu Nov 08, 2007 2:03 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Jack Construction
Replies: 7
Views: 1817

I think I've seen something for a side closing being laced shut, but with it sewn up at the front. Not sure beyond that. I hope the thing that's niggling at your memory isn't my C13th gambeson, Colin - I make no claims for its authenticity! For the benefit of those who don't know it, my gambeson is...
by Chris, yclept John Barber
Wed Oct 31, 2007 1:34 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: WOTR Alleigences.
Replies: 76
Views: 9918

Of course, you're right, Dave: when I wrote that only heralds would know the liveries I was overlooking the fact that they would know the coats of arms, rather than the liveries and badges. But since most badges and liveries were derived from the Lords' coats of arms, the heralds would still be the ...
by Chris, yclept John Barber
Mon Oct 29, 2007 1:47 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: WOTR Alleigences.
Replies: 76
Views: 9918

Could the confusion over badges be why there are referecnces to troops calling "A Warwick! A Warwick!" and " A Clarence! A Clarence!" ? Remember that only the professional heralds would know all the liveries and which sides they are on. Most troops wouldn't be able to recognise ...
by Chris, yclept John Barber
Thu Oct 11, 2007 12:27 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Battle of Worksop - 1459 - 1460?
Replies: 35
Views: 6076

Man from Coventry wrote:London Bridge 1450 - Jack Cade's revolt.


"Hello Mr Policeman, we'd like to do a battle re-enactment. It may involve closing a road or two, oh and of course a bridge..." :D
by Chris, yclept John Barber
Mon Oct 08, 2007 12:20 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Age
Replies: 31
Views: 7046

John Howard (Duke of Norfolk)'s mother could be a contender. Neither her birth nor death are recorded, but she had a new gown for Richard III's coronation, when her son was 63.
by Chris, yclept John Barber
Fri Oct 05, 2007 12:39 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Drinking Bowls
Replies: 24
Views: 4523

Re: Drinking bowls

Brother Ranulf wrote:...why the early depictions on reliquary chests and so on only ever show three knights at the murder, not four.


Bit of a Cuba, but... why?

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