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by gregory23b
Wed Jul 03, 2013 8:57 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: Medieval Eating / Utensils
Replies: 16
Views: 7349

Re: Medieval Eating / Utensils

More so as the knife is not to be used to eat with but to carve, if the knife is not to be used, then neither is a spike.
by gregory23b
Sat Jun 29, 2013 7:48 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: Medieval Eating / Utensils
Replies: 16
Views: 7349

Re: Medieval Eating / Utensils

I would question the pricker thing, I have seen them used in lieu of a fork, but why use a spike when fingers are better to hold the meat down? Pricker - more like an edge keeper.
by gregory23b
Sat Jun 29, 2013 7:45 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Medieval Household Books
Replies: 10
Views: 2388

Re: Medieval Household Books

'which gives examples of medieval 'limp binding' based on Szirmai's work. I've seen the design before (usually in EH gift shops) and had assumed it was a re-enactorism - so now I know that it's an authentic design, just dodgily executed. 8-)' Household books, viz Greenhaulgh in Ipswich, some of Leon...
by gregory23b
Tue May 28, 2013 8:55 am
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Medieval Household Books
Replies: 10
Views: 2388

Re: Medieval Household Books

Mmm, as to the contents, that is up to you, the bindings seem cheap and possibly ephemeral, however, part of me also thinks they are simply a cheap and easy binding. Your second question is a good one, do you have a book pre-made with all the blank pages, or do you build it as you go? The Greenhaulg...
by gregory23b
Wed May 22, 2013 8:25 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Medieval Household Books
Replies: 10
Views: 2388

Re: Medieval Household Books

A few of the book types you mention exist, whether for 'household' or not is debatable, yet the Account book of Nicholas Greenhaulgh of Suffolk, circa 1450 survives (I have handled it)and it is a soft bound 'flap book', this type of binding seems used for any non-permanent book, for example sketch b...
by gregory23b
Tue Mar 26, 2013 7:20 pm
Forum: Food and Drink
Topic: trenchers................and the square meal story
Replies: 18
Views: 7848

Re: trenchers................and the square meal story

There are a fair few images of trenchers, possibly metal or wood in late medieval illustrations. Some food historians suggest that the bread trencher had quite a short time frame despite being added to later manners books, I will need clarification on the reasoning behind that one after the easter w...
by gregory23b
Sat Mar 23, 2013 11:34 am
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: healing stones and minerals
Replies: 7
Views: 2271

Re: healing stones and minerals

There are descriptions on how to grind and polish haematite for use as a bunisher for gold, such tools have to be very smooth indeed. As BR says, gems were polished to a high standard, often using elbow grease and time. Shiny goes back a long way, maybe humans are part magpie
by gregory23b
Sun Mar 10, 2013 8:34 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: info needed for 14th Cent pavise
Replies: 20
Views: 4139

Re: info needed for 14th Cent pavise

The thing to bear in mind is what defines a shield and what defines a pavise, it can be tricky as they can be one and the same, but when a 'pavise' becomes small and usable in one hand then it becomes a 'shield', if we accept the primary function of a pavise is to provide a mostly static body coveri...
by gregory23b
Wed Mar 06, 2013 2:14 pm
Forum: Pictures
Topic: Long ago on a distant planet
Replies: 3
Views: 1835

Re: Long ago on a distant planet

You were at that very event down south, the first of its kind I recall.
by gregory23b
Mon Mar 04, 2013 5:47 pm
Forum: Creative Works
Topic: I made a cushion
Replies: 8
Views: 6830

Re: I made a cushion

Lovely work oh Great One.
by gregory23b
Mon Mar 04, 2013 5:46 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: Late 14th early 15th c handwrititng
Replies: 17
Views: 4149

Re: Late 14th early 15th c handwrititng

If you write with the pen near vertically then it doesnt matter if you are left or right handed, if you tend to slant your pen then that is more of an issue.
by gregory23b
Wed Feb 20, 2013 7:20 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: Looking for an "old English" word for Architecture or Design
Replies: 6
Views: 1706

Re: Looking for an "old English" word for Architecture or De

Here you go: Design, (a1398) * Trev. Barth.(Add 27944) 329a/b: Þe hole world haþ a round schap..and is designed in a cercle. (b) a1500(?c1425) Spec.Sacer.(Add 36791) 145/25: Þis Marie Jacobi þe Lasse is designyd and rehersid in the gospell after the nominacion of Marie Magdaleyne. (c) a1456(1429) Ly...
by gregory23b
Wed Feb 20, 2013 7:15 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: Looking for an "old English" word for Architecture or Design
Replies: 6
Views: 1706

Re: Looking for an "old English" word for Architecture or De

Do you mean Old English as in Anglo Saxon, or Middle English or Early Modern? Big differences between them and the potential uses.

Try the Middle English Dictionary, worth a punt.
by gregory23b
Wed Feb 13, 2013 1:50 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: Late 14th early 15th c handwrititng
Replies: 17
Views: 4149

Re: Late 14th early 15th c handwrititng

Red, get yourself a good paleography bookk that covers cursive and formal hands. There are a lot of factors influencing your hand; grip - try the beaky two fingers and thumb, hold the pen relatively straight, not canted left or right almost but not quite perpendicular, write with a little pressure, ...
by gregory23b
Sun Feb 10, 2013 9:51 pm
Forum: Pictures
Topic: Long ago on a distant planet
Replies: 3
Views: 1835

Long ago on a distant planet

A great pic.

shaz taylor smiling smaller.jpg
by gregory23b
Sun Feb 10, 2013 9:22 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: Late 14th early 15th c handwrititng
Replies: 17
Views: 4149

Re: Late 14th early 15th c handwrititng

Scribes of that period, being professional writers had a bank of hands that they used for a range of items. The odd sampler page survives, one from Oxford has black letter and others. As BR says you then might get cursive, or handwriting, which can be a much bastardised version of the formal hands. ...
by gregory23b
Sun Jan 20, 2013 1:36 pm
Forum: Creative Works
Topic: Pincel
Replies: 1
Views: 2311

Pincel

tc flag long view.jpg tc flag r to l.jpg Some work in progress, near finished stage of a helmet pincel I made for Toby Capwell's joust in California last October, I lost my shots of the finished piece, but will redo, sorry for the poor quality of the images. Specification: Lightweight silk - 3 feet...
by gregory23b
Sun Jan 20, 2013 1:21 pm
Forum: Friends and Gossip
Topic: Newbie's guide to kit buying
Replies: 53
Views: 18072

Re: Newbie's guide to kit buying

What he is getting at is do some research, do not rely on reenactors as the sole source of information. Be critical, ask questions. Agree with Phil, shoes first. At least three pairs of well made period underwear, avoid just the one pair that never gets washed and gives you thrush/rash etc (guilty f...
by gregory23b
Thu Jan 17, 2013 10:43 pm
Forum: Creative Works
Topic: New Anglo Saxon scabbard
Replies: 4
Views: 2890

Re: New Anglo Saxon scabbard

You horribly talented individual - bah ;-)
by gregory23b
Thu Jan 17, 2013 9:19 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: Black ink
Replies: 11
Views: 2235

Re: Black ink

A couple of things: Gallate/tannate ink works well on oak and ash as the tannin in those woods gives the ink extra oomph, how does the vitriol work with chestnut, you might simply need to paint it on. Why use ink in grooves? It has no body and can change colour why not use lamp black and wax that wo...
by gregory23b
Wed Jan 02, 2013 6:36 pm
Forum: Food and Drink
Topic: Hand Turned Medieval Beer Tankards
Replies: 20
Views: 7154

Re: Hand Turned Medieval Beer Tankards

Griff was in his 'copos' and thought you were me. He should have known better.
by gregory23b
Wed Jan 02, 2013 6:34 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: I want to buy an armet ... I think
Replies: 34
Views: 5241

Re: I want to buy an armet ... I think

Breeches are what reenactors call braies - at least in 14th/15th century terms. you wont find many English references to braies as underwear by the 15th, breech cloth, breech truss etc, but not braies as we use them. I think the costumiers can pin when hose becomes synonymous with underwear, I think...
by gregory23b
Mon Dec 31, 2012 2:03 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: info needed for 14th Cent pavise
Replies: 20
Views: 4139

Re: info needed for 14th Cent pavise

Honorious that sounds more complicated than the originals to be honest. I have found that three pieces plus beak is ample, it also seems to be how many were made. The canvas cover should be made from prewashed cloth to reduce shrinkage, secondly if you lay the back piece on then you can overlap the ...
by gregory23b
Mon Dec 31, 2012 3:18 am
Forum: Food and Drink
Topic: Hand Turned Medieval Beer Tankards
Replies: 20
Views: 7154

Re: Hand Turned Medieval Beer Tankards

Mark, he is not who you think he is, unless of course you know Jorge.
by gregory23b
Mon Dec 31, 2012 3:04 am
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: info needed for 14th Cent pavise
Replies: 20
Views: 4139

Re: info needed for 14th Cent pavise

Colin, politely put, many are simply painted in a modern way, the look and style, it is not about the pigments etc but the actual painting style, some of the ones I have seen for sale are not medieval in look, the quality of the painting is not the issue though.
by gregory23b
Mon Dec 24, 2012 12:36 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: info needed for 14th Cent pavise
Replies: 20
Views: 4139

Re: info needed for 14th Cent pavise

Some have gutters, some don't. Some are coopered - the Burgundian pavise at the Delft Military Museum. for example. Some of the gutters are round in section, some are square, some are simply the raised middle plank. Some are elaborately painted, some are less so. Many are liveried though, as a lot o...
by gregory23b
Sun Dec 02, 2012 9:34 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Helmets
Replies: 17
Views: 3360

Re: Helmets

65 years of changes in armour.

a big time frame.

Why do you think Kettle hats were the preferred helmet btw?
by gregory23b
Tue Nov 27, 2012 8:59 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: Cleaning methods
Replies: 6
Views: 1561

Re: Cleaning methods

"but these are of course entirely inauthentic"

See Colin's comment.


Polishing to a high shine was expensive, I have that from an armour curator, he reckons it was a significant portion of the price of a good set of harness, ie high polish = high cost = high status.
by gregory23b
Sat Nov 24, 2012 3:46 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: Fletchings
Replies: 9
Views: 2595

Re: Fletchings

Nathan, xbow bolts can have two flights.
by gregory23b
Tue Oct 23, 2012 9:46 am
Forum: Food and Drink
Topic: Recipes for The Vault
Replies: 1
Views: 2021

Re: Recipes for The Vault

Look up the Forme of Cury or Cury on English, both freely available online AFAIK

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