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by Jack Campin
Sun Jun 21, 2015 11:34 pm
Forum: Book, Film, TV & Music Reviews
Topic: The English Resistance
Replies: 5
Views: 1798

Re: The English Resistance

This is a well researched account of the Saxon resistance to the Norman Yolk


I'm afraid your historical sources have got scrambled.
by Jack Campin
Fri May 29, 2015 4:59 pm
Forum: Music and Instruments
Topic: traditional music
Replies: 8
Views: 6465

Re: traditional music

One of the makers sells an instructional DVD. I think most accounts of lyre playing don't suggest that portability mattered. Whereas Irish harpers do seem to have lugged those great big lumps around from patron to patron. I always wondered what Thomas Moore was thinking: The Minstrel Boy to war has ...
by Jack Campin
Fri May 29, 2015 11:27 am
Forum: Music and Instruments
Topic: traditional music
Replies: 8
Views: 6465

Re: traditional music

Michael Levy has set himself the slightly insane project of playing klezmer music on the kinnor: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JF5rUiYR_X0 only anachronistic by about 2000 years. More Kinnor details: http://www.ancientlyre.com/the_biblical_kinnor/ I think what players of Viking and Anglo-Saxon lyr...
by Jack Campin
Thu May 28, 2015 11:29 pm
Forum: Music and Instruments
Topic: traditional music
Replies: 8
Views: 6465

Re: traditional music

by Jack Campin
Wed May 20, 2015 5:37 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Period restraint clothing
Replies: 0
Views: 1576

Period restraint clothing

Some folks here might be interested in today's "All in the Mind" programme on BBC Radio 4:

http://downloads.bbc.co.uk/podcasts/rad ... -2132a.mp3

Restraint clothing was not always the way it gets depicted in movies.
by Jack Campin
Sun May 17, 2015 3:12 pm
Forum: Music and Instruments
Topic: traditional music
Replies: 8
Views: 6465

Re: traditional music

The week after, there is HISS in Scarborough (mix of early and traditional music):

http://www.hiss.org.uk/

I'll be at that, and then going on to Whitby Folk Week:

http://www.whitbyfolk.co.uk/

which sometimes has an early music event or two.
by Jack Campin
Sat Jan 24, 2015 2:38 am
Forum: General History
Topic: coin identification
Replies: 1
Views: 3500

coin identification

I work for a charity shop. This week we had an odd coin collection donated. Not from a serious collector - no albums or cataloguing, just a few heavy tins of random stuff, but not your usual holiday leftovers. Some of it I think I can work out easily enough, like the New Zealand decimalization comme...
by Jack Campin
Fri Jan 23, 2015 1:34 pm
Forum: Music and Instruments
Topic: 12th / 13th century flute / recorder
Replies: 11
Views: 7873

Re: 12th / 13th century flute / recorder

I got one of the plastic flabiols. Works very well, albeit helluva loud. Only one or two notes need any special effort to play in tune as per the fingering chart.

But how you go about making black shiny ABS look mediaeval, I have no idea.
by Jack Campin
Fri Dec 12, 2014 3:10 am
Forum: Music and Instruments
Topic: 12th / 13th century flute / recorder
Replies: 11
Views: 7873

Re: 12th / 13th century flute / recorder

Found the link for the Sans flabiols: http://www.sansluthier.net/es/productos-es/flabiol-bisel-plano.html I have a couple of bone whistles made by a friend of mine. They look historically appropriate for some period before the construction of Stonehenge. I'm not sure the council would let me busk we...
by Jack Campin
Wed Dec 10, 2014 12:43 am
Forum: Music and Instruments
Topic: 12th / 13th century flute / recorder
Replies: 11
Views: 7873

Re: 12th / 13th century flute / recorder

You play the drum at the same time with a flabiol too, as in the image from the Cantigas I linked to. It's higher and louder than a tabor pipe. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7m86ikxdBpA http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flabiol They aren't that expensive and you could buy one from a UK supplier right no...
by Jack Campin
Mon Dec 08, 2014 4:55 pm
Forum: Music and Instruments
Topic: 12th / 13th century flute / recorder
Replies: 11
Views: 7873

Re: 12th / 13th century flute / recorder

There are no physical instruments surviving from that period - the recorder seems to be a bit later and images of whistles are usually ambiguous. There is no specific evidence for the English style of three-hole pipe (or the similar Provencal galoubet) that early, as far as I know: this illustration...
by Jack Campin
Mon Nov 24, 2014 6:48 pm
Forum: Book, Film, TV & Music Reviews
Topic: Renissance War Galley 1470-1590
Replies: 1
Views: 1279

Re: Renissance War Galley 1470-1590

Do they include a picture of Nicolas Gombert behind the oars?

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nicolas_Gombert

I can't imagine the names of many other galley crew have come down to us.

Celebrity-Renaissance-kiddy-fiddler would be an interesting persona to take on...
by Jack Campin
Sun Oct 12, 2014 8:53 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: who got to practice barfing and leaking blood yesterday?
Replies: 0
Views: 3117

who got to practice barfing and leaking blood yesterday?

I'm sure there are people here who have done the Black Death. Your skills should be in demand:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-29578804
by Jack Campin
Thu Jul 17, 2014 10:18 pm
Forum: Music and Instruments
Topic: Tin Whistle Music?
Replies: 17
Views: 11284

Re: Tin Whistle Music?

19th century Irish dance music is not mediaeval no matter who plays it.
by Jack Campin
Thu Jun 19, 2014 12:29 am
Forum: Music and Instruments
Topic: Tin Whistle Music?
Replies: 17
Views: 11284

Re: Tin Whistle Music?

The earliest surviving recorders (i.e. whistles using an octaving thumbhole) are from around 1400, found in Tartu, Estonia and Dordrecht, Holland. They probably date back a few decades before that, to somewhere around the Black Sea. The earliest ones are quite small. Most folk and morris tunes are i...
by Jack Campin
Thu May 29, 2014 10:49 pm
Forum: Music and Instruments
Topic: Tin Whistle Music?
Replies: 17
Views: 11284

Re: Tin Whistle Music?

Brian Boru's March dates from the late 19th century. There is no known Irish music dating from before about 1580 and certainly nothing from Brian Boru's time.
by Jack Campin
Tue Oct 15, 2013 5:52 pm
Forum: Music and Instruments
Topic: Tin Whistle Music?
Replies: 17
Views: 11284

Re: Tin Whistle Music?

The tin whistle was invented in Birmingham in 1843, if I remember right.

There are much older tunes for six-hole flutes which are technically much the same as tin whistle music. My pages on Scottish flute music might be a start:

http://tinyurl.com/scottishflute
by Jack Campin
Sat Jul 20, 2013 12:14 am
Forum: Music and Instruments
Topic: Historical Arabic music
Replies: 5
Views: 5954

Re: Historical Arabic music

This is the only CD of Arabic music I know of that really tries to do historical authenticity: http://www.al-fann.net/path/Palestine/Traditional/Ghada%20Shbeir/Al%20Muwashahat/ You may be able to find fragmentary recordings of the "nubat" of North Africa (it isn't really recordable) which ...
by Jack Campin
Sun Jun 16, 2013 10:21 pm
Forum: Pictures
Topic: Have they got this one right?
Replies: 6
Views: 2897

Have they got this one right?

Comments on the historical appropriateness of this armour?

http://www.ebay.com/itm/321142440749
by Jack Campin
Tue May 28, 2013 3:37 pm
Forum: Music and Instruments
Topic: Tunes for the Battle of Flodden
Replies: 0
Views: 3979

Tunes for the Battle of Flodden

I put together a bunch of Scottish tunes relating to the Battle of Flodden: http://www.campin.me.uk/Music/Flodden.abc They're in ABC format - see http://abcnotation.com if you don't know what to do with it. I may get round to including the stories behind them, but meanwhile this should be handy for ...
by Jack Campin
Mon May 27, 2013 4:42 pm
Forum: 2000BC-55BC
Topic: ancient hairstyles reconstructed
Replies: 0
Views: 4035

ancient hairstyles reconstructed

by Jack Campin
Mon Mar 18, 2013 6:19 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: healing stones and minerals
Replies: 7
Views: 2696

Re: healing stones and minerals

There is a comprehensive survey of mediaeval lapidaries in Frank Dawson Adams, "The Birth and Development of the Geological Sciences". I have the Dover edition. There is a scan on archive.org but since it said on line 3 that their copy came from "Osmania Unlversftq Librarq" I did...
by Jack Campin
Fri Feb 08, 2013 4:10 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: The early medieval traveler
Replies: 7
Views: 2468

Re: The early medieval traveler

Pilgrimages were usually done in large groups (the precursor of the bus tour). So resources could be shared.

I guess the most useful thing to take along on your pilgrimage would be a woman.
by Jack Campin
Wed Feb 06, 2013 2:13 am
Forum: General History
Topic: What if Richard III had won at Bosworth?
Replies: 7
Views: 3151

Re: What if Richard III had won at Bosworth?

Folklore says Henry VII was responsible for England becoming a naval power. Without the navy, England couldn't have challenged Spain and Portugal in the Americas or colonized India. So the whole of the Americas would be Hispanic except for a few Francophone enclaves; Europe would have had centuries ...
by Jack Campin
Mon Jan 28, 2013 2:16 am
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Farmers' smocks, mid-19th-century
Replies: 0
Views: 1385

Farmers' smocks, mid-19th-century

Some interesting discussion here on the Mudcat folk music forum (including somebody with what looks like an exceptional one for sale):

http://www.mudcat.org/thread.cfm?threadid=119525

(Not my thing, the only time I've ever put one on it was in a Hungarian village in Moldavia).
by Jack Campin
Fri Jan 18, 2013 9:38 pm
Forum: 1900 onwards
Topic: WW2 lard, free for the taking
Replies: 0
Views: 1546

WW2 lard, free for the taking

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-t ... l-21079285

Probably the only foodstuff you can get that doesn't have radioisotope contamination from nuclear bomb tests and nuclear accidents.
by Jack Campin
Wed Dec 26, 2012 10:16 pm
Forum: Traders Discussion
Topic: Online sales, suspect countries?
Replies: 2
Views: 1701

Re: Online sales, suspect countries?

There are a lot of things you aren't allowed to post to Italy. And most of those you can post, one of their postal staff will steal.
by Jack Campin
Wed Dec 26, 2012 2:49 am
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: The Crimean Khanate
Replies: 3
Views: 2028

Re: The Crimean Khanate

I just came across the Wikipedia page, which is much better than I expected:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Golden_Horde
by Jack Campin
Sat Dec 22, 2012 11:48 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: Words to historical war chants
Replies: 18
Views: 5767

Re: Words to historical war chants

One that you might think ought to be but isn't is the early 19th century haka "Ka mate" by Te Rauparaha, the one the All Blacks do. It was composed during a war, by a general, and first performed by warriors, but not as a rally or challenge to battle. War hakas (peruperu) were performed wh...

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