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by Alan E
Wed Oct 08, 2008 5:01 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: Question for the archers among us
Replies: 57
Views: 13814

I remember reading somewhere, dim and distant past, that arrows were transported in quantities known as sheafs or sheaves, containing 24 arrows. any provenance anyone knows of this? Also with regard to the heads on/off, when the commission went out, the fletcher provided the fletched shafts, the ar...
by Alan E
Fri Aug 01, 2008 9:13 am
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Modern necessities
Replies: 41
Views: 7638

For general camp scrubbing /washing up, soft soap is a good and usually very period appropriate solution. Real soap will clean hands, hair, dishes, wood, cloth all without fuss, <ad mode on>its one main reason why I had a softsoap certified for legal sale when I was working on my soap range, <ad mo...
by Alan E
Fri Aug 01, 2008 9:10 am
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Polearms?
Replies: 44
Views: 6670

The one on the right looks more like a spear with a pennant below the head - the pennant (attached by two loops) is just curling around the shaft , creating a crescent and a tail.
by Alan E
Mon Jul 07, 2008 5:59 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: Teach Yourself Old English
Replies: 14
Views: 3863

Never heard of him or it. .... Can't be any good then :?: A quick use of available technology identifies a Dr Mark Atherton as "a tutor in Old and Middle English at Regent's Park College, Oxford." here: http://www.powells.com/biblio?isbn=9780071485197 here: http://www.ox.ac.uk/gazette/200...
by Alan E
Thu Jul 03, 2008 9:36 am
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Tongued buckles
Replies: 2
Views: 823

Southampton archeology museum has some "Bronze age" buckles, with the hinged pin (tongue?); not my central area of interest, so only gave them a cursory glance, but the whole fitting looked 'very modern' (clean, precise lines), certainly they were not some crude new invention even then.
by Alan E
Thu Jun 19, 2008 3:36 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Billmen - myth?
Replies: 273
Views: 28479

Could they be armed men? Gasp! Not man at armes ! Oh no! - err maybe man of armes :P ?

Or (if armoured) harnessed men?

Spears? (No the people with bills will ignore "spears over here") ... how about 'Spears and bills' ?

:wink: Just ... William? :shock:
by Alan E
Wed Jun 11, 2008 8:30 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: History of the Kettle
Replies: 20
Views: 3056

S'OK Marcus, he just did that to prove his underlying empathy with Humanity.

Really he knew all along, and just pretended to make a mistake.
by Alan E
Fri Jun 06, 2008 4:28 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Billmen - myth?
Replies: 273
Views: 28479

Re: ...

I had no intention of being snotty: Brands original post was: Bear in mind that pre 16th C very often:- Spears = any polearm type weapon Next- men at arms and archers are generally paid, skilled fighters, most bill/ pole men are recruited by a man at arms who is paid to bring his unit- wil check num...
by Alan E
Fri Jun 06, 2008 9:36 am
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Billmen - myth?
Replies: 273
Views: 28479

Re: ...

Quote Medieval Pole Weapons 1287-1513 by Adrian Waite ISBN 1 85804 179 1 Primary evidence then :roll: 'The polearm first appeared in European literature in 1287, but it's first recorded appearance on the European battlefield was in the hands of the Swiss at Moregarten in 1315.' The polearm first ap...
by Alan E
Mon Feb 18, 2008 3:18 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Secondary weapons and armour of a 12th/13th century archer?
Replies: 60
Views: 10161

...there is no evidence yet of archers being "tooled up" and expecting hand to hand combat. There is no evidence yet that they carried anything asides from a few arrows in their belts and a bow (with a small knife tucked away in the same place as their other small personal items). Yet. Of...
by Alan E
Tue Feb 12, 2008 11:19 am
Forum: General History
Topic: Firing Bows?
Replies: 43
Views: 6473

I'm for using fire.. Its the modern term used by pretty much anyone to describe the act of launching a projectile from some kind of weapon. You fire a gun, you fire a catapult, you fire an arrow, you fire a stone from a sling, peas out pea-shooters, pellets out of airguns, paintballs out of paintba...
by Alan E
Fri Jan 18, 2008 7:46 am
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Shelter for Riff Raff
Replies: 42
Views: 6996

...Lets have a look at what really happened shall we as reported in the ASC ... No mention of eviction free lodging yes ... The usual modern English translation of the Dover episode reads "wanted to lodge at the home of a certain householder against his will.." - the Old English text has ...
by Alan E
Fri Jan 18, 2008 7:40 am
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Psychological warfare
Replies: 8
Views: 1278

But were those 'class issues' so relevant then Marcus? Or was the fact that you were following the toughest/most respected man in your locality worth more? (Or the fact that the bloke in charge could and would make your famillies life untenable - literally - if you didn't follow)?
by Alan E
Sun Dec 02, 2007 1:07 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Boots etc.
Replies: 41
Views: 5091

I'd love to get some soled hose by the way. though i feel they would last about two minutes. I think they'd be great for indoors or climates where it doesn't rain for several months at a time. However in Britain, you'd have wet feet within minutes. As long as you used good leather and wool and stit...
by Alan E
Wed Nov 21, 2007 6:04 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Shaving soaps?
Replies: 12
Views: 1750

...I wouldn't pay much heed to this stuff though "Shaving was difficult, painful, and infrequent, since the soap was inefficient and razors, which looked like carving knives and perhaps substituted for them at need, were likely to be old and dull. Even haircutting was disagreeable. Scissors we...
by Alan E
Tue Nov 20, 2007 8:47 am
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Shaving soaps?
Replies: 12
Views: 1750

Shaving soaps?

Does anyone have any evidence of what soap :?: was used for shaving (from late C14 to early C15)? Or was something else used?
by Alan E
Tue Nov 20, 2007 8:21 am
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Medieval Soldier database
Replies: 24
Views: 3934

"keeping of the seas" is essentially what we'd call the Navy. Although we rarely consider the sea when talking about military roles it was crucial to medieval monarchs. Indeed much of what we know about medieval armies comes from the Black book of the Admiralty! As well as converted merch...
by Alan E
Mon Nov 19, 2007 9:38 am
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Medieval Soldier database
Replies: 24
Views: 3934

Wow! 49 Walkers 8) Although I can imagine some names are the same person mustering at different places at dfferent times. What's "keeping of the sea" regards an archer under "Neville, John Lord" 1371? A sailor? Difficult to be sure without a field telling us where they were to s...
by Alan E
Wed Nov 07, 2007 12:43 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: bleach
Replies: 16
Views: 1674

Leave it out in the sun?

Best wait 'till summer though :shock: :D
by Alan E
Fri Oct 19, 2007 1:53 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Professional Soldiers in the WotR
Replies: 49
Views: 6641

That's pretty much the conclusion I was tending to. An army of 'weekend warrirors', rather than an army as we know it. Alan, Professional was a badly chosen word. Perhaps 'full time' would be more appropriate. How do you describe the difference between the regular army and the TA? Sorry, didn't mea...
by Alan E
Thu Oct 18, 2007 2:21 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Professional Soldiers in the WotR
Replies: 49
Views: 6641

As I understand it, an Indenture is simply a contract between two parties: It was written out twice on a single piece of paper, then cut between the copies with a wavy (indented) line. As my betters have said above - nothing mystical about it, simply a contract (for whatever service or period that i...
by Alan E
Mon Oct 15, 2007 12:56 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Professional Soldiers in the WotR
Replies: 49
Views: 6641

One thing about having "the ability to leave his labours to be " whatever else, as Christopher Dyer notes (OpCit :) ), after the Black Death the ability of the labourer to move from job to job increased significantly. Laws were passed to try (unsuccessfully) to make people take jobs by the...
by Alan E
Thu Oct 11, 2007 8:23 am
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Professional Soldiers in the WotR
Replies: 49
Views: 6641

Is a man who practices no other 'legitimate' profession (whether trained to one or no), but has served in wars (end of HYW for example), makes a living by begging (and presumably robbing) but is recruited and paid to serve (in an army or to defend a house), a 'professional soldier'? If not, what do ...
by Alan E
Tue Oct 09, 2007 3:34 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Age
Replies: 31
Views: 6425

Secondary (arguably tertiary) source: Christopher Dyer's "Making a Living in the Middle Ages" subtitled "The People of Britain 850 - 1520". In the third section (starts Chapter eight) covering c1350 - c1520, Dyer mentions the Black Death (reached Britain 1348) mortality rates (>4...
by Alan E
Tue Oct 09, 2007 2:40 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Scots DID wear KILTS.. PRE-1600 by a long way
Replies: 95
Views: 14611

I think the 'hostility' that Arkadian has felt was directed towards him is, in a large part, because of his previous posts about Bannockburn & his political leanings towards his idea of Scottish Independence & the whole flag burning offensiveness that we waltzed around some months ago. I wo...
by Alan E
Sat Sep 15, 2007 10:23 am
Forum: General History
Topic: The concept of hobbies and leisure time
Replies: 16
Views: 2701

Well, I guess the existence of The Decameron (and it's contents) and it's ilk, argues for 'Leisure Time' amongst at least a priviledged class in C14 ... and are books on courtly manners "essential" or indicitive of leisure?
by Alan E
Thu Aug 16, 2007 11:17 am
Forum: General History
Topic: Mass and Re-Enactment
Replies: 148
Views: 21759

To be informative about religion in (later) medieval period, shouldn't (those enacting gentrified folk at least) people be following the practices and prayers documented in medieval books of hours (potentially with their 'own' chaplain)? How often would mass be said in camp or village and how would ...
by Alan E
Mon Jul 16, 2007 2:16 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: After Stamford Bridge...what would you have done?
Replies: 19
Views: 2693

Nix, and missed (as Nigel pointed out) the fact that a Lord's first duty is to defend his people; especially before primogenitor took its iron grip, that was what the people would follow (and why the Witan voted Harold as King in the first place - their confidence that he'd do just that). Ignore tha...
by Alan E
Fri Jul 13, 2007 2:15 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: 15c order of service
Replies: 25
Views: 3216

Obviously time to proclaim a fatwa* on Skev. :twisted:













*Sorry, that'd be an anathema for us ... Would you care Skev? :roll:
by Alan E
Wed Jul 11, 2007 3:29 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Square Tents
Replies: 16
Views: 4652

There are squaretents in Karen's reply here http://www.livinghistory.co.uk/forums/v ... highlight= I don't know whether any match your description though.

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