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by SteveC
Sat Jul 11, 2015 5:31 pm
Forum: 1810-1900
Topic: Noble Coin Usage
Replies: 7
Views: 3004

Re: Noble Coin Usage

I have been told, but a long time ago and without a source, that the 'mark Easterling' [1] was valued at 13/4. So the idea of giving some one a third or two-thirds of a pound might have come from that. But I would also have assumed this would have been late middle ages or early modern and not the Ho...
by SteveC
Wed Jan 14, 2015 7:36 pm
Forum: Pictures
Topic: Kaboom!
Replies: 4
Views: 2979

Re: Kaboom!

Nasty (not the workmanship, the effect they'd have).
What period?
by SteveC
Sun Jan 11, 2015 2:08 pm
Forum: Book, Film, TV & Music Reviews
Topic: Radio 3 podcast on Elizabeth Cromwell
Replies: 0
Views: 755

Radio 3 podcast on Elizabeth Cromwell

Interesting documentary podcast about Elizabeth Cromwell.
Sunday Feature: The Fundamentalist Queen 07 Dec 14
You can download or listen to it on the link below.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/podcasts/series/r3docs
by SteveC
Sat Jan 10, 2015 2:34 pm
Forum: Book, Film, TV & Music Reviews
Topic: Weekend Warriors
Replies: 20
Views: 4836

Re: Weekend Warriors

Of course it also confirmed the commonly held belief that the ECWS are a bunch of caravanners... Guilty as charged! :D At least for Winchester's who were the 'hosting' regiment at Marlborough. We did a small event last year where there were only two tents. Everyone else had either a caravan or a mo...
by SteveC
Wed Dec 31, 2014 4:40 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: What job would you have done medieval times?
Replies: 8
Views: 2507

Re: What job would you have done medieval times?

I got 'entertainer' which is a better fit than most of this sort of quiz manages.
by SteveC
Sun Dec 21, 2014 2:50 pm
Forum: 410-1100
Topic: Anglo Saxon dyes
Replies: 8
Views: 3119

Re: Anglo Saxon dyes

It needs a very alkaline soil and then feeding with bone meal for nitrogen. If you have an acid soil it'll do b**ger all unless you put a lot of lime into it. That might be the problem then. We're just on the acid side of neutral (camellias do well round here and we have an azalea and a rhododendro...
by SteveC
Thu Dec 18, 2014 11:12 am
Forum: 410-1100
Topic: Anglo Saxon dyes
Replies: 8
Views: 3119

Re: Anglo Saxon dyes

Our woad died (not dyed!)
What did it do to the soil? (So I know whether to bother again)
by SteveC
Sat Nov 08, 2014 2:28 pm
Forum: 1603-1715
Topic: civil war pikemans snapsack help
Replies: 2
Views: 1773

Re: civil war pikemans snapsack help

Have you asked your regiment?
I was after one and our CO said, chose one from the stock and ask the treasurer how much.
Not that I managed to get round to doing so this summer!
by SteveC
Tue Oct 14, 2014 6:25 pm
Forum: Traders Discussion
Topic: Poss extra Tewkesbury event 2016
Replies: 11
Views: 2996

Re: Poss extra Tewkesbury event 2016

We're in Somerset, For us TORM and NLHF are a long day. When they were both on the same weekend we've stayed over in Travel Lodge or similar. ILHF and Cambridge would be just too far. Tewksbury would be easier. But somewhere around Bristol would be much better. However, I know these things are not e...
by SteveC
Tue Aug 19, 2014 7:53 am
Forum: Music and Instruments
Topic: Risk assessment
Replies: 4
Views: 3264

Re: Risk assessment

you probably need to be more specific and break things down. E.g. Trips and slips: music stands perhaps, state no cables or electricity (assuming that's true). Will people be dancing to you? In which case how do you stop them from running into you, falling over you. If there is 'no risk' from someth...
by SteveC
Thu Jul 17, 2014 7:19 pm
Forum: 55BC-410AD
Topic: roman jewel
Replies: 1
Views: 2426

Re: roman jewel

Very nice.
Very wearable--both of them.
by SteveC
Sat Jun 21, 2014 2:26 pm
Forum: Music and Instruments
Topic: Tin Whistle Music?
Replies: 17
Views: 7073

Re: Tin Whistle Music?

During the Napoleonic wars the three hole pipe and tabor was popular - the original one man band with the advantage that if you lost your right hand you could still busk on the street. There's an iconic woodcut of Will Kemp with his taborer dancing the Nine Days Wonder in 1600. Short tabor pipes ar...
by SteveC
Wed Apr 02, 2014 6:37 pm
Forum: 1603-1715
Topic: Genuine 17th century poetry / song?
Replies: 5
Views: 2294

Re: Genuine 17th century poetry / song?

Note to self: you DO NOT have the time to start adding 'learn some period songs' to your project list.











Booked marked for 'later'
by SteveC
Sun Mar 02, 2014 11:00 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: So, how long were spears in the period of this sub-forum?
Replies: 22
Views: 4364

Re: So, how long were spears in the period of this sub-forum

Not this period but it's perfectly possible to use a longish spear and a shield.
Greek hoplites used 10-12 foot spears with a 3 foot diameter shield.
The later Hellenistic pikemen had shields (admittedly supported by a strap round the neck as well as on the arm) and their pikes are sixteen foot.
by SteveC
Sat Aug 31, 2013 8:15 pm
Forum: 1485-1603
Topic: Article on Flodden in the Guardian
Replies: 1
Views: 5393

Article on Flodden in the Guardian

Nice article on Flodden in the Guardian. The accompanying photo was from the recent re-enactment event.

http://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2013 ... istory-500

Steve
by SteveC
Sun Jun 09, 2013 9:42 am
Forum: Forum Technical Support and News
Topic: Post Spam Messages Here
Replies: 224
Views: 101830

Re: Post Spam Messages Here

It would appear that the latest bunch are registering, spamming, then deleting the account. Which of course makes it more difficult for a human to intervene to block where the accounts are coming from. When I was running a forum a few years ago, I just blocked anything with a .ru or .ua email addres...
by SteveC
Thu Jun 06, 2013 7:11 pm
Forum: 1810-1900
Topic: uniform borough franchise
Replies: 1
Views: 2294

Re: uniform borough franchise

I think it's the idea that each parliamentary constituency should have roughly the same number of voters.
Before the reform acts we had some boroughs returning MPs where there were no people living, but the local landowner could choose the MP.
See 'rotton boroughs' for an explanation

S
by SteveC
Sat Apr 27, 2013 9:14 am
Forum: Pictures
Topic: Chutny's Tatton Medieval Fayre Photos.
Replies: 5
Views: 2506

Re: Chutny's Tatton Medieval Fayre Photos.

They've moved the website to a different domain. Try http://www.dysmas.co.uk/woodcuts/?idaid=28&idpn=1
by SteveC
Tue Apr 09, 2013 7:31 pm
Forum: Book, Film, TV & Music Reviews
Topic: Fit to Rule: How Royal Illness Changed History
Replies: 5
Views: 1667

Re: Fit to Rule: How Royal Illness Changed History

We were a bit disappointed too. It was a bit 'less silly' than some of Lucy Worsley's other recent series, but I didn't learn a vast amount.
The shoes and the shirt were nice, though, and Mary got a rather better press than sometimes.

We will watch the rest, which I suspect may be a bit better.
by SteveC
Fri Apr 05, 2013 7:42 am
Forum: Food and Drink
Topic: medieval oatcake recipe?
Replies: 14
Views: 8645

Re: medieval oatcake recipe?

There is a C17 recipe which uses yeast as a raising agent: To make Oat-Cakes.       Take fine Flower, and mix it very well with new Ale Yeſt, and make it very ſtiff, then make it into little Cakes, and roul them very thin, then lay them on an Iron to bake, or on a baking ſtone, and make but a ſlow f...
by SteveC
Mon Apr 01, 2013 9:37 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Vanity screens?
Replies: 20
Views: 5194

Re: Vanity screens?

We still see the final vestiges of this feature in the fact that most interior doors today open into a room, rather than against the wall. Most interior doors downstairs have the hinges on the side nearest the wall (not the wall the door itself is in, the one 'round the corner as it were). Most bed...
by SteveC
Sat Feb 02, 2013 8:19 pm
Forum: Forum Technical Support and News
Topic: Post Spam Messages Here
Replies: 224
Views: 101830

Re: Post Spam Messages Here

viewtopic.php?f=17&t=32215

and another one, sigh!
by SteveC
Sun Jan 06, 2013 8:34 pm
Forum: Forum Technical Support and News
Topic: Post Spam Messages Here
Replies: 224
Views: 101830

Re: Post Spam Messages Here

viewtopic.php?f=17&t=32018

(They're not even very good at it!)
by SteveC
Wed Jan 02, 2013 11:00 pm
Forum: Book, Film, TV & Music Reviews
Topic: History stuff for Kindle users
Replies: 3
Views: 2658

Re: History stuff for Kindle users

Thanks for that.
Just downloaded four of them!
by SteveC
Mon Dec 24, 2012 2:20 pm
Forum: Book, Film, TV & Music Reviews
Topic: Vanished Kingdoms: The History of Half-forgotten Europe
Replies: 2
Views: 1341

Re: Vanished Kingdoms: The History of Half-forgotten Europe

I enjoyed the first half of this, but by the time it got to the various bits of the Hapsburg empire in the 18th and 19th centuries I was finding it a bit 'samey', so moved onto something else.
Maybe I should go back and have a go at finishing the book off.

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