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by guthrie
Mon Feb 02, 2015 10:30 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: Medieval Wax Seals - Questions!
Replies: 32
Views: 23031

Re: Medieval Wax Seals - Questions!

Am in the middle of making enough to seal 2015 documents. yes you read that right. Its many kg's of wax, many hrs grinding rosin. Even made my own verdigris for some pretty green ones. If I'm not mad by this eve I'll let you know.... Ah, so you found a use for the verdigris after all. Have you grou...
by guthrie
Wed Jan 28, 2015 1:14 pm
Forum: Book, Film, TV & Music Reviews
Topic: Weekend Warriors
Replies: 20
Views: 7468

Re: Weekend Warriors

I have managed to watch several of the programmes and I find myself wondering "It's all very well talking about the fighters, but what about the other displays at these events?". If I am able to attend the Moment in Time event in Bury St. Edmunds in July, I would like to do some of the crafts that ...
by guthrie
Wed Jan 21, 2015 11:37 pm
Forum: Book, Film, TV & Music Reviews
Topic: Weekend Warriors
Replies: 20
Views: 7468

Re: Weekend Warriors

Tonight's was alright. Lots of Vikings though. Some taking it a bit too seriously, but we already know that re-enactment acts as a means of self expression and focus of their life.
by guthrie
Sat Jan 10, 2015 8:10 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: Cheating with air drying clay
Replies: 2
Views: 5160

Re: Cheating with air drying clay

That's probably Jim the pot, of Trinity Court potteries you are talking about, he's usually at Tewkesbury as well.
by guthrie
Sat Jan 10, 2015 1:25 pm
Forum: Book, Film, TV & Music Reviews
Topic: Weekend Warriors
Replies: 20
Views: 7468

Re: Weekend Warriors

I thought it was pretty good, in a slow moving laid back sort of way. They don't seem to have tried to find the most outre and ridiculous members of any group, and they showed some of the preparation and hard work that goes into an event beforehand. I do think they could have filmed the battles bett...
by guthrie
Sat Jan 03, 2015 8:31 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: 1380 townswoman-help needed!
Replies: 8
Views: 3345

Re: 1380 townswoman-help needed!

Well, Sarah isn't so fussed about the pirate edition, since at least it helps assure her fame, but would prefer people to buy a copy of the new edition when it comes out in Easter, publisher permitting.
by guthrie
Fri Jan 02, 2015 12:09 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: 1380 townswoman-help needed!
Replies: 8
Views: 3345

Re: 1380 townswoman-help needed!

What Bilbobaglin said. There was supposed to be a new, updated version out late last year, but I don't know what has happened to it, I'll have to find out. The research in the original version was done in the 1990's, and is out of date. Not enough that it is still totally useless in my opinion, but ...
by guthrie
Sun Dec 14, 2014 11:49 pm
Forum: Book, Film, TV & Music Reviews
Topic: Secrets of the Castle with Ruth Goodman
Replies: 24
Views: 7395

Re: Secrets of the Castle with Ruth Goodman

Just seen the mill, a topic I have recently been researching. Oh dear, the lantern gear hadn't enough slots, the miller's horse feeding the grain into the eye of the stones was just plain wrong. I'm sure Ruth can bake a loaf without burning it, we were screaming at the screen at that point. Some of...
by guthrie
Tue Dec 09, 2014 11:04 pm
Forum: Book, Film, TV & Music Reviews
Topic: Secrets of the Castle with Ruth Goodman
Replies: 24
Views: 7395

Re: Secrets of the Castle with Ruth Goodman

Tonight's episode was alright, although they could have worn shirts...
However it always irritates me the way archaeometallurgy things are explained, never very well. The iron certainly does't melt in a bloomery furnace, and it definitely won't melt if you are after anything like steel.
by guthrie
Tue Dec 09, 2014 9:34 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Where is the church in reenactment?
Replies: 38
Views: 10653

Re: Where is the church in reenactment?

Canons were guilds of priests living together under the Rule of St Augustine, often in priories, but mainly working out on the streets and ministering to the poor, the sick and the needy. They were superficially similar to monks (I notice that the National Trust even calls them monks on its Canons ...
by guthrie
Wed Dec 03, 2014 6:01 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Where is the church in reenactment?
Replies: 38
Views: 10653

Re: Where is the church in reenactment?

Wasn't there also some friction between friars and local priests on the matter of who was allowed to hear confession and who was allowed to preach to normal people?
by guthrie
Wed Dec 03, 2014 10:46 am
Forum: Book, Film, TV & Music Reviews
Topic: Secrets of the Castle with Ruth Goodman
Replies: 24
Views: 7395

Re: Secrets of the Castle with Ruth Goodman

Yes, precisely brother, that makes sense. Even as they explained it, I was wondering why when the effluent all ended up on the ground outside. Other reaosns it can't be the case include there not being any room to move in the place if you had clothes hanging up in it. And actual specific written adv...
by guthrie
Wed Dec 03, 2014 10:31 am
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Where is the church in reenactment?
Replies: 38
Views: 10653

Re: Where is the church in reenactment?

Saracen, if I end up portraying a Franciscan I let you know. Kael and Freeholder, it's good to know that there are people doing church stuff. Guthrie, bear with me here as I'm obviously a beginner, but I imagine a medieval priest would have done similar things to a modern priest. The main duty of a...
by guthrie
Tue Dec 02, 2014 10:41 pm
Forum: Book, Film, TV & Music Reviews
Topic: Secrets of the Castle with Ruth Goodman
Replies: 24
Views: 7395

Re: Secrets of the Castle with Ruth Goodman

Nooooo, the voiceover just repeated the old saw about clothes being hung in the garderobe!!! I, and others I have asked, have never seen any evidence for this practise at all.
by guthrie
Tue Dec 02, 2014 9:49 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Where is the church in reenactment?
Replies: 38
Views: 10653

Re: Where is the church in reenactment?

I like going to medieval fairs and I'm curious about getting into reenacting but I have a question. Where are the people reenacting things to do with the medieval church? The only people I see dressed as monks are normally at stall selling something which doesn't seem to do justice to the place of ...
by guthrie
Tue Nov 25, 2014 10:59 pm
Forum: Book, Film, TV & Music Reviews
Topic: Secrets of the Castle with Ruth Goodman
Replies: 24
Views: 7395

Re: Secrets of the Castle with Ruth Goodman

As usual, I think it's a good showing of how getting enthusiastic experts or at least people who have done their homework to talk about stuff and be shown doing something. Oh dear, this one is about castles in war stuff, but they start off by saying that they were about defence and being safe etc. O...
by guthrie
Thu Nov 20, 2014 4:58 pm
Forum: Book, Film, TV & Music Reviews
Topic: Secrets of the Castle with Ruth Goodman
Replies: 24
Views: 7395

Re: Secrets of the Castle with Ruth Goodman

I'm pretty sure you could never get away with building a castle with those methods and lack of PPE in the UK. You could easily. As long as it's not a workplace and people aren't being paid, most HSE stuff doesn't count. IIRC there's still a general duty of care thing, but again, volunteers and as l...
by guthrie
Wed Nov 19, 2014 12:39 pm
Forum: Book, Film, TV & Music Reviews
Topic: Secrets of the Castle with Ruth Goodman
Replies: 24
Views: 7395

Re: Secrets of the Castle with Ruth Goodman

Yes, it's not a bad start, but if I were involved I would be unhappy somewhat. I actually didn't mind some of the anachronistic stuff you pointed out; some of that will be from the Guedelon people themselves, and some of it I didn't notice. What I felt hampered the program was not just that they did...
by guthrie
Tue Aug 19, 2014 4:56 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: medieval copper sulphate?
Replies: 14
Views: 5887

Re: medieval copper sulphate?

Which is certainly used in art pigments, but I thought it wasn't a terribly stable pigment, and had to be varnished over, so I don't know how good it would be for dieing or whether your color would change? Yes, according to Thompson it isn't stable at all, susceptible to water or alkali or others. ...
by guthrie
Mon Aug 18, 2014 10:12 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Occupation? Nun.
Replies: 14
Views: 9269

Re: Occupation? Nun.

Edie of the Nevilles did something 7 or 8 years ago about being a nun, I think you might know her, not sure how much reenactment she does these days.
by guthrie
Thu Aug 14, 2014 6:12 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Lunch?
Replies: 7
Views: 3382

Re: Lunch?

On the assumption of late medieval, Dave is correct, a satchel is one way of carrying it. Another is a basket, hand or back type. Or on a horse saddlebag or suchlike.
by guthrie
Wed Aug 06, 2014 11:20 am
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: medieval copper sulphate?
Replies: 14
Views: 5887

Re: medieval copper sulphate?

Yes, they likely would have, but less access the further back you go. It's in the 16th century English lists of customs duties. In there it is called copperas, and the accounts also list green vitriol which was used for ink making, but the problem is that they were often mixed up together and not a...
by guthrie
Tue Aug 05, 2014 6:30 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: medieval copper sulphate?
Replies: 14
Views: 5887

Re: medieval copper sulphate?

Yes, they likely would have, but less access the further back you go. It's in the 16th century English lists of customs duties. In there it is called copperas, and the accounts also list green vitriol which was used for ink making, but the problem is that they were often mixed up together and not al...
by guthrie
Wed Jul 16, 2014 11:40 am
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Bannockburn 2014
Replies: 232
Views: 63141

Re: Bannockburn 2014

I'd accept 12 foot as being a reasonable length.
by guthrie
Tue Jul 15, 2014 6:33 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Bannockburn 2014
Replies: 232
Views: 63141

Re: Bannockburn 2014

2 inch thick poles that are 12 or 14 foot long. Is there any evidence that suggests that the poles at Bannockburn would have been that long? Yes, but it's not my research and I don't have access to it. Scott McMaster stated 14 feet, based on research; some author of a modern book on bannockburn lik...
by guthrie
Thu Jul 10, 2014 12:54 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Bannockburn 2014
Replies: 232
Views: 63141

Re: Bannockburn 2014

OKay, thanks, that makes further research required. I'll have to check accounts to see if there's any useful words used for the poles, in say the 15th century.
by guthrie
Thu Jul 10, 2014 9:35 am
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Bannockburn 2014
Replies: 232
Views: 63141

Re: Bannockburn 2014

Probably not, but there's a distinct lack of people doing pollarding/ coppicing/ whatever it's called to produce nice straight 2 inch thick poles that are 12 or 14 foot long. The ones at Flodden last year were worse, simply because getting the right wood is very hard. The wood industry (there's a h...
by guthrie
Wed Jul 09, 2014 9:32 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Bannockburn 2014
Replies: 232
Views: 63141

Re: Bannockburn 2014

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-tayside-central-28071246 I'm unfamiliar with the period and I wondered about the crooked pikes in the first picture in the series. Are those authentic? Probably not, but there's a distinct lack of people doing pollarding/ coppicing/ whatever it's called to prod...
by guthrie
Tue Jul 08, 2014 11:20 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Bannockburn 2014
Replies: 232
Views: 63141

Re: Bannockburn 2014

I'd be interested in hearing about any talk of the event taking place again next year.
by guthrie
Fri Jul 04, 2014 2:06 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Bannockburn 2014
Replies: 232
Views: 63141

Re: Bannockburn 2014

Actually I would be interested in how they worked it out, given that i couldn't make that whilst attempting a headcount, but they did I think have ticket stubs of some sort.