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by Marcus Woodhouse
Thu Jan 30, 2014 9:32 am
Forum: Book, Film, TV & Music Reviews
Topic: The Mysterious Mistress
Replies: 0
Views: 1158

The Mysterious Mistress

The Life and legend of Jane Shore. Margaret Crossland. Sutton Publishers ISBN 0-7509-5851-x 2006. A reasonably well researched book which is let down by some key errors in dates, names and places. Strangely enough while the author recognises the hatchet job that Richard III did to the memory of &quo...
by Marcus Woodhouse
Thu Jan 09, 2014 10:03 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Guernsey and Jersey in 15th century
Replies: 2
Views: 1293

Re: Guernsey and Jersey in 15th century

The Woodville family had quite a reputation as sailors. They won battles against Warwick, the French, the Bretons and they had responsibility for the south west. I'd read something other then Sunne in Spenldour before you judge them.
by Marcus Woodhouse
Wed Jan 08, 2014 10:26 pm
Forum: Book, Film, TV & Music Reviews
Topic: The Last Knight Errant
Replies: 0
Views: 912

The Last Knight Errant

Sir Edward Woodville and the Age of Chivalry. Christopher Wilkins, Taurus Books 2010 ISBN 978-1-84885-149-8 A study of Lord River's younger brother who fought for Edward IV and Henry VIII. A in-depth and thoughtful insight into the man I feel is the most interesting of the Woodvilles. Sympathetic in...
by Marcus Woodhouse
Tue Dec 31, 2013 4:11 pm
Forum: Book, Film, TV & Music Reviews
Topic: The Woodville: the wars of the Roses and Englamd's most Inf
Replies: 0
Views: 905

The Woodville: the wars of the Roses and Englamd's most Inf

Susan Higginbotham, 2013 The History Press, ISBN 978-0-7524-8812-7 A noted author of historical fiction Susan Higginbotham has in this case turned her hands to writing non-fiction and has achieved a remarkable task of making this book both accessible and easy to read while being detailed and thoroug...
by Marcus Woodhouse
Thu Dec 26, 2013 2:07 pm
Forum: Book, Film, TV & Music Reviews
Topic: Music from the Eton Choirbook
Replies: 0
Views: 847

Music from the Eton Choirbook

Tonus Peregrinus directed by Antony Pitts. Recorded at St Alban the martyr July 2011 Naxos Records.
A selection of motets and two versions of the Magnificat from the 500 year old choirbook of Eton College Chapel.
by Marcus Woodhouse
Thu Dec 19, 2013 9:51 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Puffed sleeve "gambeson" for archer?
Replies: 8
Views: 2691

Re: Puffed sleeve "gambeson" for archer?

If the jacks Steel Mastery make are anything like their brigs, then I'd say it'll be a crook of shite.
by Marcus Woodhouse
Sat Dec 14, 2013 12:18 pm
Forum: Book, Film, TV & Music Reviews
Topic: Palestrina: Masses
Replies: 0
Views: 895

Palestrina: Masses

Masses, lamentations of Jeremiah and Stabat Mater. All performed by Pro Cantone Antiqua with Mark Brown and Bruno Turner directing. Brilliant Classics 2011. Magical performances and an antidote to all those X Factor types who can warble along to a pop song but really deserve to be no more than pub s...
by Marcus Woodhouse
Sun Dec 08, 2013 2:16 pm
Forum: Book, Film, TV & Music Reviews
Topic: The Medieval Sea
Replies: 0
Views: 822

The Medieval Sea

Susan Rose, ISBN 978-1-85285-563-5, Continuum Books LTD. 2007
Please read this in order to dispel all those myths that people didn't travel anywhere in the middle ages and that ships crawled around the coastlines because they were afraid of the open sea. Fantastic read.
by Marcus Woodhouse
Sat Dec 07, 2013 10:01 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Bollock dagger
Replies: 18
Views: 5046

Re: Bollock dagger

Although I suspect that people did actually buy items from the same vendor back then as well.
by Marcus Woodhouse
Sat Dec 07, 2013 10:00 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Sleeveless Doublets for archers...
Replies: 63
Views: 12263

Re: Sleeveless Doublets for archers...

I have sleeveless doublets, doublets with tie on sleeves, doublets with half sleeves, doublets with sleeves that tie on at the elbow. I even have some doublets with sleeves for those times when I just have to portray an Englishman. :D
by Marcus Woodhouse
Sat Dec 07, 2013 9:56 pm
Forum: Book, Film, TV & Music Reviews
Topic: Pilgrimage With Simon Reeve
Replies: 7
Views: 2054

Re: Pilgrimage With Simon Reeve

Watched it on catch up. What a load of dumbed down tosh! Not at all impressed and felt at times that it was in fact taking the pish out of pilgrimage.
by Marcus Woodhouse
Thu Dec 05, 2013 10:39 pm
Forum: Book, Film, TV & Music Reviews
Topic: Pilgrimage With Simon Reeve
Replies: 7
Views: 2054

Re: Pilgrimage With Simon Reeve

Age of Pilgrimage is a wee cracker of a book. I haven't bothered with the series. It looked naff and I'm having fun re -watching Deadwood.
by Marcus Woodhouse
Fri Nov 29, 2013 6:21 pm
Forum: Book, Film, TV & Music Reviews
Topic: The Rose Demon
Replies: 0
Views: 815

The Rose Demon

Paul Doherty, Headline Books, ISBN 0747254419, 1997.
A horror story set (mostly) in England during the WOTR.
It didn't do much for me, I guess that it would appeal to the types who enjoy their monsters insipid and mournful like the vampires in that Eclipse crap.
by Marcus Woodhouse
Wed Nov 27, 2013 1:40 pm
Forum: Book, Film, TV & Music Reviews
Topic: Sacred Choral Music: Byrd & Tallis
Replies: 0
Views: 848

Sacred Choral Music: Byrd & Tallis

The Cardinall's Musick directed by Andrew Carwood. Hyperion Records 2012. Two of the most prolific composers of the 16th century and constantly part of the court of the Tudor dynasty despite being life long committed Catholics. This album features some of their lesser known work, including pieces co...
by Marcus Woodhouse
Wed Nov 20, 2013 6:54 pm
Forum: Book, Film, TV & Music Reviews
Topic: The Killing of Richard III
Replies: 0
Views: 1068

The Killing of Richard III

Robert Farrington, ISBN 978-0-7515-5278-2 First published in 1974 and re issued 2013. Re-released to cash in on the interest in Richard III the late Robert Farrington writes an exciting little novel (in a style that is more akin to Fleming than Penn). He apparently spent five years researching the n...
by Marcus Woodhouse
Mon Nov 11, 2013 1:34 pm
Forum: Book, Film, TV & Music Reviews
Topic: Saint Matthew's Passion
Replies: 0
Views: 875

Saint Matthew's Passion

Composed by Heinrich Schutz (1585-1672) Performed by the Cappella Augustana at St Peter's Cathedral Leiden 1994. Directed by Matteo Messori. Solid Lutheran hymns and sacred music from the 17th century. Just the ticket for those naughty Czechs as they threw poor harmless Inquisitors from a Prague win...
by Marcus Woodhouse
Sun Nov 10, 2013 6:11 pm
Forum: Book, Film, TV & Music Reviews
Topic: The Battle for Christendom.
Replies: 0
Views: 881

The Battle for Christendom.

The Council of Constance, the East-West conflict and the dawn of modern Europe. Frank Welsh; Overlook Press Ltd 2008. ISBN 978-1-59020-123-7 The real of event of 1415 was the start of the Council of Constance that brought about the end of the Great Schism. This explores how the events of that church...
by Marcus Woodhouse
Thu Nov 07, 2013 1:00 pm
Forum: Book, Film, TV & Music Reviews
Topic: Lamentations
Replies: 0
Views: 890

Lamentations

The Choir of Clare College, Cambridge directed by Timothy Brown. recorded in Jesus College Chapel and All Saints this completion features the work of a number of 16th and 17th century composers including Palestrina, Allegri, Des Prez and Tallis amongst others. Lamentations are the reading from the O...
by Marcus Woodhouse
Wed Nov 06, 2013 6:54 pm
Forum: Book, Film, TV & Music Reviews
Topic: Masters of the Rolls
Replies: 0
Views: 876

Masters of the Rolls

Gothic Voices directed and conducted by Christopher Page. Helios Records 1999.
Music by English composers of the 14th century when mostly anonymous composers were experimenting with early polyphonic sounds.
This is an excellent recording.
by Marcus Woodhouse
Wed Nov 06, 2013 12:05 am
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Yeoman archer
Replies: 31
Views: 7604

Re: Yeoman archer

Jorge is right. A man harnessed for war could just as easily be wearing a jack.
by Marcus Woodhouse
Wed Nov 06, 2013 12:04 am
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Newbie saying hi, and a question!
Replies: 42
Views: 9024

Re: Newbie saying hi, and a question!

I mostly fight with the cue of my pollaxe.
by Marcus Woodhouse
Sat Nov 02, 2013 5:33 pm
Forum: Book, Film, TV & Music Reviews
Topic: The Life of Pee; The story of how urine got everywhere
Replies: 0
Views: 906

The Life of Pee; The story of how urine got everywhere

Sally Magnusson, Aurum Books ISBN 978-1-84513-590-4, 2010.
Much better than either the unreadable novel or the unwatchable film of nearly the same name.
A concise history of the many varied uses of urine throughout the world.
by Marcus Woodhouse
Fri Oct 18, 2013 11:57 am
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Yeoman archer
Replies: 31
Views: 7604

Re: Yeoman archer

The Scots Guard d' Archeir were the Royal bodyguards of the French kings. English archers also formed a Gard de Corps for the Dukes of Burgundy. As you can expect they were equipped and paid as befitted a royal bodyguard. Archers of the Burgundy ordiannces were also expected to have a significant am...
by Marcus Woodhouse
Tue Oct 15, 2013 2:18 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Yeoman archer
Replies: 31
Views: 7604

Re: Yeoman archer

Yeoman is just a freed peasant, which in 15th century England was pretty much a given. As a social distinction its hard to define, it doesn't have the same connotations as it did in earlier or later centuries. (Though it was still worth the while of the Pastons to forge documents that made them yeom...
by Marcus Woodhouse
Mon Oct 14, 2013 4:50 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Newbie saying hi, and a question!
Replies: 42
Views: 9024

Re: Newbie saying hi, and a question!

He has a point. I've seen plenty of people balk at being whacked by the tiny mallets that some of us carry in the Woodvilles. Pretty much everyone knows what it feels like to be hit by a hammer. I am not sure what difference there would be between being hit by a lead weighted maul and the mallet of ...
by Marcus Woodhouse
Mon Oct 14, 2013 9:35 am
Forum: Book, Film, TV & Music Reviews
Topic: Most Valient and Wise Ladies
Replies: 0
Views: 932

Most Valient and Wise Ladies

Women of the Middle Ages. Andrea Hopkins, Collins & Brown 1997. ISBN 1-85585-481-3 A short study of women and their roles during the middle ages. While the author recognises that none of the women are exactly "ordinary" she has tried to chose subjects that roughly cover the social spec...
by Marcus Woodhouse
Mon Oct 14, 2013 9:25 am
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Archers Pick
Replies: 2
Views: 1247

Re: Archers Pick

I have one and have grown to love it. I'll find out where the fella I bought it from originally got it.
by Marcus Woodhouse
Tue Oct 08, 2013 10:02 am
Forum: General History
Topic: Milanese?
Replies: 13
Views: 3699

Re: Milanese?

Armet, but it is not an easy helmet for re-enactment.
by Marcus Woodhouse
Fri Oct 04, 2013 7:38 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: Milanese?
Replies: 13
Views: 3699

Re: Milanese?

The Sforza dynasty ruled it for much of the 15th century. As a Contada it was bordered by the Serene Republic (Venice), Florence, Savoy (which was strictly a part of France), Austria and the Holy Roman Empire.
by Marcus Woodhouse
Wed Oct 02, 2013 11:56 am
Forum: Book, Film, TV & Music Reviews
Topic: Necropolis: London & its Dead
Replies: 2
Views: 1380

Necropolis: London & its Dead

Catherine Arnold, author. ISBN 978-184983-554-1 Pocket Books 2006.
A major disappointment. Dull, poorly researched and repetitive. The only thing that makes this stand out is that it is so tedious that it could be the most boring book I have ever read, which ironically makes it special.

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