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by Matt Easton
Tue Apr 17, 2012 12:52 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: sallet construction query
Replies: 3
Views: 1528

Re: sallet construction query

As Adam says, it just wasn't really done. Not to say it never was, but I have never seen an example in reality or art. Riveting plates to make a helmet bowl was really old technology in Western Europe by the 15thC. You might have still seen it on 'poorer' helmets like kettle hats, but highly unlikel...
by Matt Easton
Tue Apr 17, 2012 12:38 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Medieval Longbow Draw Weights
Replies: 92
Views: 31469

Re: Medieval Longbow Draw Weights

Potentially, no.

But I -suspect- that there was some form of test for archers before major campaigns - there is a reference in one of Curry or Barker's Agincourt books that two archers are recorded as having been sent home from Harfleur because they could not shoot well enough.
by Matt Easton
Tue Apr 17, 2012 12:30 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Medieval Longbow Draw Weights
Replies: 92
Views: 31469

Re: Medieval Longbow Draw Weights

Yes, I agree. The fact is that what evidence we do have all weighs up to indicate the probability that most English medieval warbows were over 100lbs draw weight, because we know from a whole range of data that this is the weight range most likely to replicate the effects that English longbows evide...
by Matt Easton
Tue Apr 17, 2012 11:32 am
Forum: Traders Discussion
Topic: Trading at FightCamp (17-19 Aug 2012)
Replies: 17
Views: 5245

Re: Trading at FightCamp (17-19 Aug 2012)

Hi Lucy, yes you'd be very welcome on the Sunday. In fact I meant to say that previously - trading for any period of time during those 3 days is welcome. If a trader would like to come down for one day or half a day that's all cool with us - please get in contact if you are interested. FYI we curren...
by Matt Easton
Mon Apr 16, 2012 1:23 pm
Forum: Traders Discussion
Topic: Trading at FightCamp (17-19 Aug 2012)
Replies: 17
Views: 5245

Trading at FightCamp (17-19 Aug 2012)

Here is more info about the event: http://www.livinghistory.co.uk/forums/viewtopic.php?f=25&t=28584 I am currently looking for more traders - it is free to trade at FightCamp now. The event is located near Kenilworth in the Midlands. It is a private event, so you are looking at around 200 people who...
by Matt Easton
Thu Apr 12, 2012 4:41 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Mail shirt length 15th C
Replies: 3
Views: 1363

Re: Mail shirt length 15th C

It entirely depends on what you are wearing it with. There were all different lengths. With plate harness or aketon and brigandine approximately mid-thigh is common. See examples here:
http://effigiesandbrasses.com/
by Matt Easton
Wed Jun 29, 2011 11:49 am
Forum: Societies
Topic: Medieval & Victorian swordsmanship in West London
Replies: 0
Views: 842

Medieval & Victorian swordsmanship in West London

Schola Gladiatoria in West London (Ealing) is one of the UK's oldest and best known historical fencing clubs and holds weekly classes attracting between 20 and 30 students of all ages (over 18) and experience levels. We have members with backgrounds in sport fencing, Asian martial arts, reenactment ...
by Matt Easton
Wed Jan 12, 2011 11:56 am
Forum: 1810-1900
Topic: Victorian martial arts in Ealing, London
Replies: 0
Views: 2118

Victorian martial arts in Ealing, London

Hi all, Schola Gladiatoria has been teaching historical weapon-based martial arts in Ealing for 10 years now and in late 2009 we introduced Victorian infantry officer's sabre to our regular classes. In conjunction with this we will also be adding occasional sessions on sword versus bayonet and bayon...
by Matt Easton
Thu Sep 23, 2010 12:27 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Battlemerchant v GDFB helmets?
Replies: 10
Views: 3005

Re: Battlemerchant v GDFB helmets?

What are you after Matt? Well I have a GDFB bascinet and I don't like it. I prefer the look of the Battlemerchant bascinet, which to me looks better made and a more pleasing shape. Whichever helmet I start with, I am intending to do things to it - modify the visor, add a bevor etc and make it into ...
by Matt Easton
Thu Sep 23, 2010 12:22 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Battlemerchant v GDFB helmets?
Replies: 10
Views: 3005

Re: Battlemerchant v GDFB helmets?

latheaxe wrote:GDFB Global, without a doubt! :thumbup:
Why? :)
by Matt Easton
Fri Sep 17, 2010 5:23 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Battlemerchant v GDFB helmets?
Replies: 10
Views: 3005

Re: Battlemerchant v GDFB helmets?

Thanks. Any other views from anyone?
by Matt Easton
Thu Sep 16, 2010 10:27 am
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Battlemerchant v GDFB helmets?
Replies: 10
Views: 3005

Re: Battlemerchant v GDFB helmets?

Thanks - why do you prefer them?
by Matt Easton
Wed Sep 15, 2010 3:55 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Battlemerchant v GDFB helmets?
Replies: 10
Views: 3005

Battlemerchant v GDFB helmets?

I realise both are pretty cheap, but I am planning to hack something up for a project I have in mind - what is the quality comparison like between helmets from 'Get Dressed for Battle (Battle Merchant)' and 'GDFB Global'?
by Matt Easton
Thu Sep 02, 2010 10:47 am
Forum: 1810-1900
Topic: Victorian Martial Arts in Guildford
Replies: 16
Views: 4899

Re: Victorian Martial Arts in Guildford

Hi guys, I thought I had put an update on this thread but clearly I forgot! Basically, after settling down to life in my new house I decided that running my London class and doing all the other things I have to do (mostly commuting!) was taking enough of my time and left the idea of a Guildford-base...
by Matt Easton
Tue Aug 31, 2010 1:33 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: European Martial Arts in Wales, UK
Replies: 5
Views: 1954

Re: European Martial Arts in Wales, UK

Yep, as Wolfgang said, Nick and Michael know their stuff, and Michael primarily teaches 15thC German longsword and messer.

Also, I think the Glamorgan School of Arms meet in Swansea:
http://www.bfhs.co.uk/html/groups.html

Regards,
Matt
by Matt Easton
Thu Aug 26, 2010 5:59 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Helmhauben
Replies: 10
Views: 2523

Re: Helmhauben

I know these liners rather well - they are to be worn inside jousting helms. As I remember they are from the end of the 15thC. The giveaway is that they are placed next to the jousting helms in the cabinet ;).

Matt
by Matt Easton
Fri Aug 20, 2010 12:34 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Coat of Plates Vs Brigandine Vs Breast Plate
Replies: 41
Views: 12843

Re: Coat of Plates Vs Brigandine Vs Breast Plate

Sounds like you made the sensible choice. Swords are *sidearms*. They are the equivalet to a pistol these days. Swords are at a big disadvantage against most types of polearm - that's why polearms were primary weapons, not because of fashion. :) If you get a sallet, padded jack and gauntlets then yo...
by Matt Easton
Fri Aug 06, 2010 1:11 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Rondel daggers
Replies: 23
Views: 5780

Re: Rondel daggers

This is a fair question. I think (as with most things) that is comes down to a range of factors. For examples: 1) Clothing - long sleeves an layers make slashes less effective with short weapons. Stabs go easily through most clothes. 2) Killing rather than wounding - in fights to the death with kniv...
by Matt Easton
Fri Aug 06, 2010 10:50 am
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Rondel daggers
Replies: 23
Views: 5780

Re: Rondel daggers

First I'd say that I think the primary purpose of the edges on rondel dagger is displayed in at least one German treatise - to cut the straps/points of armour when grappling, to enable you to stab the person under the armour. I don't think edges on rondel daggers were generally for slashing or chopp...
by Matt Easton
Thu Aug 05, 2010 3:31 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Rondel daggers
Replies: 23
Views: 5780

Re: Rondel daggers

I'm actually with Joolz on this, but not for the precise reason he describes :). I think that having planes to the blade is better for the defender to practice against - especially in disarms. In disarms and most arm blocks in Fiore or any other medieval treatise you want to try and oppose the flat ...
by Matt Easton
Thu Aug 05, 2010 3:24 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: kovex ars falcions
Replies: 48
Views: 9943

Re: kovex ars falcions

Interesting that he'll do more historical swords if asked - I'd only seen his reenactment beaters before and they looked and felt like giant spoons. :D
by Matt Easton
Thu Aug 05, 2010 10:59 am
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: kovex ars falcions
Replies: 48
Views: 9943

Re: kovex ars falcions

From my point of view, as historical replicas, kovex are rubbish. They only look like swords from about 20 metres away and don't feel like swords at all. However, I would say that of most reenactment swords, Armour Class included (though they do also make semi-sharps and sharps, which are good repli...
by Matt Easton
Thu Aug 05, 2010 10:50 am
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: kovex ars falcions
Replies: 48
Views: 9943

Re: kovex ars falcions

I think it is fair to say, based on archaeological evidence (ie. surviving examples), that on average the 'peasant knives', messers and baselards tend to be poorer quality, yes. However, as I said above, poor quality craftsmanship then still looked better than the average reenactment stuff today. Ju...
by Matt Easton
Wed Aug 04, 2010 4:13 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: kovex ars falcions
Replies: 48
Views: 9943

Re: kovex ars falcions

Exactly.
by Matt Easton
Wed Aug 04, 2010 3:59 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: kovex ars falcions
Replies: 48
Views: 9943

Re: kovex ars falcions

Incidentally, when Henry VIII created the first official fencing guild in England in 1540, the members were mostly mercantile - shop owners and suchlike (pretty much the same as in Germany and Belgium). Also of passing interested - Maximilian I, Emperor of the Holy Roman Empire, had an English wrest...
by Matt Easton
Wed Aug 04, 2010 3:53 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: kovex ars falcions
Replies: 48
Views: 9943

Re: kovex ars falcions

To be honest it's difficult to say - we only know a few biographical details about a few of them. Paulus Kal (Talhoffer's contemporary) for example was a captain of artillery, ie. ex-soldier. As it happens, Fiore dei LIberi was also in charge of artillery, and he seems to have first been a freelance...
by Matt Easton
Wed Aug 04, 2010 2:57 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: kovex ars falcions
Replies: 48
Views: 9943

Re: kovex ars falcions

Hi Fox, Presumably we have no evidence to tell us how the limited written material of the period actually relates to what might have been taught or shared at these different levels. Not directly, though we know that in Italy and Germany the common fencers were using the same techniques as the nobles...
by Matt Easton
Wed Aug 04, 2010 1:08 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: kovex ars falcions
Replies: 48
Views: 9943

Re: kovex ars falcions

Hi Fox, yes the situation of fencing schools in medieval England is complicated, not least because they were illegal in English cities for most of the medieval period! Having said that, we know they existed illegally, because there are fairly numerous records of people being convicted for running th...
by Matt Easton
Wed Aug 04, 2010 11:49 am
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: kovex ars falcions
Replies: 48
Views: 9943

Re: kovex ars falcions

Yes, it's correct that medieval HEMA as we know it was probably learnt by gentlemen Actually, all of the medieval masters except for Fiore seem to have been commoners. And fencing schools were generally associated with the mercantile classes - most members of German fencing guilds (and Tudor Englis...
by Matt Easton
Wed Aug 04, 2010 11:35 am
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: aventail
Replies: 11
Views: 5639

Re: aventail

As mentioned above, the fabric underneath is really important, not only to keep the shape of the aventail in use and prevent it getting in a tangle, but also for defence - the mail alone providing very little protection from a thrust, but a lot of protection when over the top of a padded layer. This...