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by Alan E
Thu Dec 12, 2013 5:50 pm
Forum: Forum Technical Support and News
Topic: Post Spam Messages Here
Replies: 224
Views: 80973

Re: Post Spam Messages Here

Possible spammy poster? "Mark Harris", series of rapid generic posts, and a non-reenactment related advert in his signature: http://livinghistory.co.uk/forums/memberlist.php?mode=viewprofile&u=17181 Seconded - he appears to be selecting random topics and bouncing them to the top with ...
by Alan E
Fri Oct 25, 2013 12:12 pm
Forum: 1485-1603
Topic: The Farm goes back to Tudor Times
Replies: 83
Views: 17134

Re: The Farm goes back to Tudor Times

They probably thought things would fall out as the men walked around :P
by Alan E
Mon Oct 21, 2013 10:47 am
Forum: General History
Topic: Long bows, longer bows
Replies: 6
Views: 1637

Re: Long bows, longer bows

AIUI: Assuming (!) they are of the same draw weight, they would be slightly less likely to break drawing a longer arrow. They would 'probably'* have a slower cast (the limb ends having to travel further from full draw); this 'might' be accounted for by the longer arrow. *but speed of cast is highly ...
by Alan E
Thu Oct 03, 2013 4:33 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Newbie saying hi, and a question!
Replies: 42
Views: 6899

Re: Newbie saying hi, and a question!

Mauls? Well we all know what a mallet is surely? A little Ma(u)(l)! Loads of styles correspond, look in any old wood-working reference right back to medieval period. Splitting maul is just a maul that also splits (so is combined with an axe head).
by Alan E
Fri Jul 26, 2013 4:43 pm
Forum: Book, Film, TV & Music Reviews
Topic: The Black Prince
Replies: 3
Views: 1061

Re: The Black Prince

And you're not interested in him! :P


Bibliophile! :thumbup:
by Alan E
Thu Jul 25, 2013 12:50 pm
Forum: Book, Film, TV & Music Reviews
Topic: The Black Prince
Replies: 3
Views: 1061

Re: The Black Prince

'Hawkwood Diabolical Englishman' Frances Stonor Saunders, ISBN 0 571 21909 8 first published 2004. A very readable examination of the man and the culture he existed in. Source notes in the back labelled by page as well as chapter so easy to find when you want to look one up :D. 'Medieval Mercenaries...
by Alan E
Wed Jul 03, 2013 11:21 am
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Carrying arrows in the belt
Replies: 5
Views: 1311

Re: Carrying arrows in the belt

You can, although this detracts from your mobility. If you are suddenly ordered around the flank, you have to pause to pick up the (6 - dozen?) arrows still stuck in the ground in front of you; this is not a good thing in military terms! Additionally if (as some assert) the heads of war arrows were ...
by Alan E
Wed Jun 05, 2013 2:41 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Attaching / Wearing an Arrow Bag
Replies: 5
Views: 1096

Re: Attaching / Wearing an Arrow Bag

I've found that half a dozen arrows tucked in the belt is convenient and gets in the way less than any bag or quiver; up to a dozen(ish) can be carried this way (YMMV). More than that (a whole sheaf? more still?) I think you'd want to be carried by someone/something else (servant/mule/horse/cart). J...
by Alan E
Tue Jun 04, 2013 9:33 am
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Attaching / Wearing an Arrow Bag
Replies: 5
Views: 1096

Re: Attaching / Wearing an Arrow Bag

Evidence for archers using arrow bags at all is ... scarce :P . See http://www.livinghistory.co.uk/forums/viewtopic.php?f=10&t=28637&p=332312&hilit=arrow+bag#p332312 for a discussion (which seems to have concluded with a statement that evidence isn't all it's cracked up to be). If you wa...
by Alan E
Thu May 23, 2013 9:33 am
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Carrying arrows in the belt
Replies: 5
Views: 1311

Re: Carrying arrows in the belt

Arrows can be pulled from the belt forwards (fletching pulls through belt without damage if properly attached) but obviously pulling the head through the belt (from the fletch end) would have been problematic with barbs (such as type 16) and is so with modern blunts. Grasp the middle of the arrow (o...
by Alan E
Fri Apr 19, 2013 5:09 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Longbow and arrow manufacture
Replies: 33
Views: 5783

Re: Longbow and arrow manufacture

The quote from Toxophilus is: Take your bow into the field, shoot in him, sink him with dead heavy shafts, look where he cometh most, provide for that place betimes, lest it pinch, and so fret. When you have thus shot in him, and perceived good shooting wood in him, you must have him again to a goo...
by Alan E
Thu Apr 18, 2013 5:56 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Longbow and arrow manufacture
Replies: 33
Views: 5783

Re: Longbow and arrow manufacture

Re: final adjustment of your own bow, Toxophilus has something to say on the subject (late Tudor OK, but still using the same type of bow as far as we know). IIRC it's along the lines of shoot it in for a while, then adjust the cast of the tips if you feel like it. Not exactly reworking it to a diff...
by Alan E
Mon Apr 15, 2013 12:49 pm
Forum: Friends and Gossip
Topic: Newbie's guide to kit buying
Replies: 53
Views: 13397

Re: Newbie's guide to kit buying

On the other hand, it's worth remembering that no-one ever has to practice to wear shoes .... Not sure that one's true? Three separate shoe makers have each told me to beware of wearing the shoes bought from them as if they were modern, heeled shoes. We are accustomed to putting weight heavily on a...
by Alan E
Thu Mar 28, 2013 6:27 pm
Forum: Traders Discussion
Topic: M5 2013, Worcester, August 17 & 18 - traders wanted.
Replies: 3
Views: 1171

Re: M5 2013, Worcester, August 17 & 18.

Traders pitches? Here ? http://goo.gl/maps/5MjHr





coat, check

TAXI !!!!
by Alan E
Thu Feb 28, 2013 12:14 pm
Forum: Book, Film, TV & Music Reviews
Topic: Chivalry and Betrayal - The Hundred Years War (BBC 4)
Replies: 12
Views: 2557

Re: Chivalry and Betrayal - The Hundred Years War (BBC 4)

Sasha, Jonathan Sumption's HYW series covers that amongst other things. Pretty long and heavy reading, but does spend much of his time examining what it meant to the regions where the war was largely fought and the 'English' (allies) who became 'French' by the end. IMO it helps to remember that a Ga...
by Alan E
Mon Feb 25, 2013 5:36 pm
Forum: Food and Drink
Topic: A Belgian dish
Replies: 8
Views: 5252

Re: A Belgian dish

I think you're right Madame! After all, anyone who claims to understand food, yet says: I always thought French fries were an American thing, for that matter. The Brits call them "chips" but they're the same thing. Has got to be on a wind up! At base, all 'peasant dishes' derive from the s...
by Alan E
Thu Feb 21, 2013 10:53 am
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Vanity screens?
Replies: 20
Views: 3986

Re: Vanity screens?

Re. shielding the dignitaries whilst dining: I'm remembering period scenes from the many discussions about tent construction, where diners are being served in front of an open tent. Would that be a solution for you (erect your tent where they'll be dining, open one side and put the tables in the ope...
by Alan E
Wed Feb 13, 2013 5:01 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Vanity screens?
Replies: 20
Views: 3986

Re: Vanity screens?

lighter 'screening' panels were certainly used in gardens at least (not sure what you want to use it for). http://www.amazon.co.uk/s/ref=nb_sb_nos ... l%20garden has some examples.
by Alan E
Fri Feb 08, 2013 6:09 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: The early medieval traveler
Replies: 7
Views: 1693

Re: The early medieval traveler

Thanks for the recommendation Foxe, book ordered :D In addition to what the others have added, pilgrim routes were well established (i.e. standardised) in the MA, so there would have been a string of places along these standard routes that were ideally situated for nightly halts. Of relevance is tha...
by Alan E
Fri Feb 08, 2013 5:00 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: The early medieval traveler
Replies: 7
Views: 1693

Re: The early medieval traveler

Jack Campin wrote:Pilgrimages were usually done in large groups (the precursor of the bus tour). So resources could be shared.

I guess the most useful thing to take along on your pilgrimage would be a woman.

Would that be The Wife of Bath or The Prioress? :P
by Alan E
Thu Jan 17, 2013 1:25 pm
Forum: Friends and Gossip
Topic: 4 Word Story
Replies: 8471
Views: 521130

Re: 4 Word Story

Jasmund National Park where
by Alan E
Wed Jan 16, 2013 2:52 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Fighting priests
Replies: 32
Views: 4748

Re: Fighting priests

There was indeed array of clerics for defending the coast against the French. I've never understood the B***cks about maces being okay as they do not shed blood. I have hit enough fish over the head with a priest to confirm that this is rubbish. Ahh, but how many priests have you hit over the head ...
by Alan E
Mon Jan 14, 2013 4:46 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Vanity screens?
Replies: 20
Views: 3986

Re: Vanity screens?

What about the (movable?) screens forming corridors across the lower ends of halls (between serving doors)? How would they have been constructed? Edit to add: Answered my own question, they are more likely to look like this: http://www.decodedscience.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/05/Oak-screen-in-Ruff...
by Alan E
Thu Dec 27, 2012 2:57 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Authenticity of cloak hooks on armour
Replies: 21
Views: 2462

Re: Authenticity of cloak hooks on armour

As mentioned above there are some effigies with gowns over harness. However I suspect that these are ceramonial. I've not seen any images of people fighting wearing a gown, cloak or anything similar. Though I admit that I've not done an exhausive search! I would imagen that any flappy cloth type th...
by Alan E
Mon Dec 10, 2012 3:53 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Longbow and arrow manufacture
Replies: 33
Views: 5783

Re: Longbow and arrow manufacture

Would a king or lord provide armaments for his troops? It is my understanding that they were obliged to provide their own weaponry. If that is the case each man would have his own bow and arrows made to his own specifications. Whilst there were (various) rules (at different times) that men had to s...
by Alan E
Wed Oct 17, 2012 6:19 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Helmet camoflage..?
Replies: 23
Views: 2703

Re: Helmet camoflage..?

I'm always uncomfortable with the idea that the camisa was worn over the armour in a camisado (raid at night) 'for identification': I thought that was what coat armour and household badges were for! It seem to me more likely it was to prevent the armour gleaming in moonlight etc.
by Alan E
Thu Oct 04, 2012 5:06 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: River fishing
Replies: 21
Views: 3656

Re: River fishing

Medieval equivalent of hand grenades (i.e. how to get a load of fish for your feast) was to build a system of ponds supplied by the river and drained back into it; make the sluiceses closeable and the downstream ones caged. When you want fish, just close the upstream sluices and drain the pond: Sort...
by Alan E
Fri Aug 03, 2012 4:54 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: 15th century Linen doublet sources
Replies: 110
Views: 13415

Re: 15th century Linen doublet sources

What were the relative prices of wool, worsted and linen in England and on the continent in the medieval period? I'm recalling some mention that visiting continentals were surprised that English peasants wore wool, whereas continental ones wore linen (couldn't afford wool, which was much cheaper in ...

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