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by 40/- freeholder
Sun May 31, 2015 4:45 pm
Forum: 2000BC-55BC
Topic: Iron Age pots
Replies: 4
Views: 4326

Re: Iron Age pots

Have you had a look at any of the work Ian Hodder did with indigenous potters in Africa? A lot of such ethnic wares are very similar to prehistoric European pottery so might be worth investigating their techniques.
by 40/- freeholder
Sun Apr 19, 2015 9:13 am
Forum: 410-1100
Topic: How old could a story be?
Replies: 5
Views: 4677

Re: How old could a story be?

The end of the last Ice Age might be a possibility but that was 10-12,000 years ago. Post-glacial, your 2 peoples could be indigenous epipalaeolithic/Mesolithic dark skinned blue eyed hunter gatherers, now extinct, and the incoming near eastern farmers, us. The cow in the story suggests a domesticat...
by 40/- freeholder
Fri Feb 06, 2015 1:55 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: linen webbing for girths/surcingales
Replies: 6
Views: 2688

Re: linen webbing for girths/surcingales

I would avoid linen, it stretches when dry and shrinks when wet. Look at ethnographic horse, mule/donkey and camel accoutrements. Lots of wool, particularly split ply braid. Tablet weave probably good too.
by 40/- freeholder
Sat Jan 03, 2015 9:56 am
Forum: General History
Topic: clasp arm gearing
Replies: 1
Views: 2815

Re: clasp arm gearing

To answer my own question, in case anyone else is interested:
Martin Biddle, 2000. King Arthur's Round Table: An archaeological investigation. Boydell Press.
Out of curiosity, does anyone re-enact grain milling other than by hand quern?
by 40/- freeholder
Tue Dec 30, 2014 5:41 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: What job would you have done medieval times?
Replies: 8
Views: 3518

Re: What job would you have done medieval times?

I got warrior! Not my scene at all.
by 40/- freeholder
Mon Dec 29, 2014 9:41 am
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: How were cattle slaughtered?
Replies: 21
Views: 9985

Re: How were cattle slaughtered?

Another addition to the list, leaf 39 of the Maciejowski Bible, where cattle are being sacrificed.
by 40/- freeholder
Mon Dec 15, 2014 4:14 pm
Forum: Book, Film, TV & Music Reviews
Topic: Secrets of the Castle with Ruth Goodman
Replies: 24
Views: 5936

Re: Secrets of the Castle with Ruth Goodman

Yes, I agree there could be variance in mills. There was not the opportunity for them to mention that of the 5000+ water mills in Domesday book, a lot in the north would have been horizontal rather than vertical wheels. As to querns, it was a treasured privilege of the Newcastle upon Tyne burgesses ...
by 40/- freeholder
Sun Dec 14, 2014 4:06 pm
Forum: Book, Film, TV & Music Reviews
Topic: Secrets of the Castle with Ruth Goodman
Replies: 24
Views: 5936

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.
by 40/- freeholder
Tue Dec 09, 2014 9:35 am
Forum: Book, Film, TV & Music Reviews
Topic: Secrets of the Castle with Ruth Goodman
Replies: 24
Views: 5936

Re: Secrets of the Castle with Ruth Goodman

I'm only just catching up with this on a friend's iplayer. I was stunned by the meat to feed the work force supposedly being pork! There was a side mention of the stores needed for the garrison but no mention of dead garnisture or hung beef. The surrender monkeys over the channel may have eaten pork...
by 40/- freeholder
Wed Dec 03, 2014 4:25 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Where is the church in reenactment?
Replies: 38
Views: 8139

Re: Where is the church in reenactment?

Like all re-enactment, you may have to embrace compromise and eschew the large authentic events for the smaller, local medieval fayres with attendant wang as, in my region, these are often either run by church groups or held in the vicinity of the parish church. You may have to accept being the toke...
by 40/- freeholder
Tue Dec 02, 2014 6:31 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Where is the church in reenactment?
Replies: 38
Views: 8139

Re: Where is the church in reenactment?

A very memorable aspect of one medieval church fayre I did a couple of years ago was the incumbent vicar leading a penitential procession, chanting Sancte XXX (went through a list of saints) and the procession responding Ora Pro Nobis. Extremely simple but very moving. I would have thought that some...
by 40/- freeholder
Tue Nov 04, 2014 9:54 am
Forum: General History
Topic: clasp arm gearing
Replies: 1
Views: 2815

clasp arm gearing

Could someone point me in the direction of a good historic depiction of clasp arm gearing. I'm particularly interested in windmills but any pre-C19th image would be valuable.
by 40/- freeholder
Tue Oct 07, 2014 1:15 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: How were cattle slaughtered?
Replies: 21
Views: 9985

Re: How were cattle slaughtered?

Since I'm looking at these images for another project, I thought I might as well add them to this thread too. Bartlett, R. (ed) 2001. Medieval Panorama. Thames & Hudson. P. 183 November slaughtering cattle & pigs. C. 1170 south rose window Lausanne cathedral Switzerland Perez-Higuera, T. 199...
by 40/- freeholder
Mon Sep 01, 2014 5:07 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: 13th C. Literacy
Replies: 9
Views: 4152

Re: 13th C. Literacy

I'm sure Brother Ranulf will soon be along with definitive references. In the meantime, trying searching for images of St Anne teaching the child Virgin Mary to read. Karen Larsdatter's website is always a good starting point, just put Larsdatter into Google. There's a general view now that aristocr...
by 40/- freeholder
Thu Aug 21, 2014 1:40 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Occupation? Nun.
Replies: 14
Views: 5771

Re: Occupation? Nun.

A nun in the outer world would be possible in the context of the Dissolution, but that would not fall within WoR remit. Otherwise I have seen former religious houses advertising events with re-enactors portraying the conventual life, might be worth joining a group that already does this.
by 40/- freeholder
Thu Aug 21, 2014 1:30 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: tunics of Saints Clare and Elisabeth
Replies: 2
Views: 1857

Re: tunics of Saints Clare and Elisabeth

Very many thanks, just the info I needed. I started drafting a scale pattern but this will now have to be revised. I'm hoping to cut out on Saturday at a Textile Group meeting.
by 40/- freeholder
Wed Aug 20, 2014 7:56 am
Forum: Costumes
Topic: tunics of Saints Clare and Elisabeth
Replies: 2
Views: 1857

tunics of Saints Clare and Elisabeth

I have found line drawings of the garment pieces for the Tunic of St Clare and the Tunic of St Elisabeth of Thuringia but none of these images have a scale. Could some kind soul point me in the direction of an online resource with a scale drawing of these garments, or a PDF of the 1979 article in Ge...
by 40/- freeholder
Wed Jul 16, 2014 3:14 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Advice please on square neckline
Replies: 12
Views: 3691

Re: Advice please on square neckline

There are good illustrations of costume in C15th Books of Hours, most famous is Tres Riches Heures du Duc de Berry. Go to Karen Larsdatter's website (Google larsdatter), go to the section on Books of Hours, find the dateline you are interested in and look specifically at April/May when the gentry ro...
by 40/- freeholder
Wed May 07, 2014 8:00 am
Forum: 1603-1715
Topic: Queen Anne shopkeeper's costume
Replies: 7
Views: 3580

Re: Queen Anne shopkeeper's costume

Mantua2.jpg

This is how it turned out in the end. As ever, last minute panic despite my best intentions, so the mantua was wearable but not quite finished. The bodice needs more fitting. I went for a flat cap as no time to make a fontage.
by 40/- freeholder
Tue Apr 29, 2014 2:26 pm
Forum: Food and Drink
Topic: Medieval tongs??
Replies: 11
Views: 6564

Re: Medieval tongs??

The wooden "shovel" used by the baker is known as a peel.
by 40/- freeholder
Mon Apr 28, 2014 10:37 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: How were cattle slaughtered?
Replies: 21
Views: 9985

Re: How were cattle slaughtered?

The classic complete poleaxed cattle skulls tend to be structured deposition on RB sites. The med ones I see are really smashed up during removal of the horns. Going by the RB ones, sufficient damage is done by the poleaxe that pithing would probably be unnecessary. As to smaller game, not bled as o...
by 40/- freeholder
Mon Apr 28, 2014 4:20 pm
Forum: 1900 onwards
Topic: Dedicated WW1 School Visits now available Nationwide
Replies: 2
Views: 2401

Re: Dedicated WW1 School Visits now available Nationwide

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by 40/- freeholder
Mon Apr 28, 2014 4:15 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: How were cattle slaughtered?
Replies: 21
Views: 9985

Re: How were cattle slaughtered?

All this happens very quickly Alan. The pole axe or captive bolt gun drops the animal straightaway without it thrashing about as when a chicken is killed. Pithing rod straight into the hole, in and out a few times, open neck. Also the blood vessels in the neck are opened longitudinally, not a transv...
by 40/- freeholder
Mon Apr 28, 2014 4:06 pm
Forum: 55BC-410AD
Topic: Rent-a-Celt, KS 2 & 3 British Iron Age Specialists
Replies: 4
Views: 5278

Re: Rent-a-Celt, KS 2 & 3 British Iron Age Specialists

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by 40/- freeholder
Mon Apr 28, 2014 4:04 pm
Forum: 2000BC-55BC
Topic: Rent-a-Celt, KS 2 & 3 British Prehistory Specialists
Replies: 2
Views: 4486

Re: Rent-a-Celt, KS 2 & 3 British Prehistory Specialists

Please note that Rent a Celt has no connection or affiliation whatever with Rent a Peasant.
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by 40/- freeholder
Thu Apr 24, 2014 5:07 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: How were cattle slaughtered?
Replies: 21
Views: 9985

Re: How were cattle slaughtered?

Go to Karen Larsdatter's wonderful website and go through the autumn images in the Books of Hours Labours of the Seasons. Also A book by Higuera The Art of Time. The pole axe acts like the modern captive bolt gun. The purpose is to stun the animal, not kill it. Then you use a pithing rod to destroy ...
by 40/- freeholder
Thu Apr 24, 2014 9:36 am
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: 13th C. Farm
Replies: 59
Views: 13408

Re: 13th C. Farm

For anyone interested in more detail of cattle management, the thesis is now live at
http://etheses.dur.ac.uk/10561/
by 40/- freeholder
Sun Mar 16, 2014 4:05 pm
Forum: 1603-1715
Topic: Queen Anne shopkeeper's costume
Replies: 7
Views: 3580

Re: Queen Anne shopkeeper's costume

Thanks for the feedback. I've since found a thread in Friends and Gossip from May 2013 with some good period pictures and a pattern for a modest fontage cap on www.pyracy.com.
I'm using Janet Arnold's pattern for the mantua and a pattern in Cut My Cote taken from an extant 18th century chemise.
by 40/- freeholder
Mon Mar 03, 2014 4:08 pm
Forum: 1603-1715
Topic: Queen Anne shopkeeper's costume
Replies: 7
Views: 3580

Re: Queen Anne shopkeeper's costume

It's taken a while to get to grips with the technology, so I hope the picture I'm using as inspiration comes out. Unfortunately all the pictures in the book are redrawn and references are not cited. However I do recognise some of the images for earlier periods so think original sources have been used.
by 40/- freeholder
Fri Feb 07, 2014 10:36 am
Forum: 1603-1715
Topic: Queen Anne shopkeeper's costume
Replies: 7
Views: 3580

Queen Anne shopkeeper's costume

Could some kind soul point me in the direction of a costuming resource online for a female shopkeeper c.1714. I've found a book image I like but the source isn't given. I'm particularly interested in the head wear as I have yet to find another image of the hat the lady is wearing, and I rather like ...

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