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by Alan E
Mon Jul 16, 2012 2:04 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Hoods
Replies: 4
Views: 1701

Re: Hoods

From another thread in this section:
http://www.larsdatter.com/hoods.htm#women
So yes, at least one illustration showing a woman a (separate) hood in 13 Century.
by Alan E
Mon Feb 13, 2012 9:28 am
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Re: what oil is best for a yew longbow please
Replies: 6
Views: 1859

Re: what oil is best for a yew longbow please

I've been told that oil will soften the wood. Best thing (if it isn't varnished) is to use beeswax: Melt some and dip a cloth in, allow to cool. Use bees-wax'd cloth to polish the bow. Friction will warm it enough to leave a thin layer, which will protect against damp and prevent the last vestiges o...
by Alan E
Thu Jan 12, 2012 1:01 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: Logging
Replies: 14
Views: 2415

Re: Logging

I've been clearing some of the hedges this week. Whilst 'limbing' the removed branches and saplings, sorting wrist-thick wood from fire-lighter sticks and material suitable for faggots I thought of this thread, and the origin of the term 'bundle of firewood'. I think most fires would have been of fa...
by Alan E
Fri Jan 06, 2012 6:11 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: Logging
Replies: 14
Views: 2415

Re: Logging

Somewhere, back in the dim recesses of my memory, is a reference (?possibly in an Oakeshott book?) of a respectable dame during the muddy evil period, owning several saws with which she used to saw firewood - to keep her warm(! by sawing was the implication). Not that this necessarily translates fur...
by Alan E
Fri Jan 06, 2012 1:56 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: Black armour - right or wrong?
Replies: 91
Views: 22688

Re: Black armour - right or wrong?

I await the proof of whole units of c15th billmen too.
by Alan E
Thu Dec 08, 2011 1:19 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: Mummified cat identifies witches cottage?
Replies: 8
Views: 2038

Mummified cat identifies witches cottage?

Possibly ...

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-la ... e-16066680

Interesting and tinely discovery. I'd love to know how the place became buried (was it deliberate?). Does anyone know more about this?
by Alan E
Fri Dec 02, 2011 2:01 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Medieval Board games
Replies: 18
Views: 3346

Re: Medieval Board games

Hopefully this works, downloaded to my phone and uploaded from it so fingers crossed Apparently it doesn't work :-( POP in a Google search for "pyrography - art" and have a look at the document with the address starting with http://www.florilegium.org/files/.../Pyrography-art Google searc...
by Alan E
Wed Nov 02, 2011 12:49 pm
Forum: Traders Discussion
Topic: How are you finding trade ?
Replies: 46
Views: 5694

Re: How are you finding trade ?

Access to Bruntingthorpe is 'for the enthusiastic': I had printed off the instructions but couldn't see the first place sign when leaving M1 (alright, I didn't go right around the r'bout but the placename on the instructions is not on the main signs); fortunately I had also set the road name in the ...
by Alan E
Tue Oct 25, 2011 4:56 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: flail or ball and chain
Replies: 21
Views: 3022

Re: flail or ball and chain

I suspect that the whole Morning Star thing is a mistranslation thing anyway. I wonder if its to do with the Flemish mace the Goedendag, which people have previously assumed related to the modern Dutch for goodmorning, when it is generaly now though to come from a term for 'great dagger' Tarnation ...
by Alan E
Thu Oct 20, 2011 9:45 am
Forum: General History
Topic: Captain of Archers
Replies: 18
Views: 4580

Re: Captain of Archers

Well MED (http://quod.lib.umich.edu/cgi/m/mec/med-idx?type=byte&byte=23474575&egdisplay=open&egs=23486012) shows two distinct meanings for Captain, neither are the military rank which we now understand of course: 1. (a) The leader of an army, a general; the leader of a rebellion; also fi...
by Alan E
Fri Sep 30, 2011 2:48 pm
Forum: Pictures
Topic: Brick Hill Lane Gauntlets
Replies: 15
Views: 3269

Re: Brick Hill Lane Gauntlets

Lovely piece of work!
Can I ask how you are attaching them to the glove (and which gloves) ?
by Alan E
Tue Sep 27, 2011 11:35 am
Forum: Pictures
Topic: Share Some Work Fun :)
Replies: 51
Views: 7701

Re: Share Some Work Fun :)

Since Fox mentioned it (but didn't supply a link) :
http://www.bfhs.co.uk/html/groups.html is a good place to start looking for a group near you.

Fiore (as mentioned by Fox) is one of the earliest 'styles' of which we have evidence, I33 is (probably) slightly earlier.
by Alan E
Fri Sep 23, 2011 11:03 am
Forum: 1715-1810
Topic: Fids... for sailory, piratey types and people wot use ropes.
Replies: 18
Views: 5058

Re: Fids... for sailory, piratey types and people wot use ro

... Over the years I've learned to take Ms Hartley's writings* with a(large) pinch of salt, when she is talking from experience it tends to be 1930s-50s Yorkshire or the bit of Wales she lived in, she makes huge leaps of faith with stuff and often she fails to give sources or proof,but that's just ...
by Alan E
Thu Sep 22, 2011 9:59 am
Forum: 1715-1810
Topic: Fids... for sailory, piratey types and people wot use ropes.
Replies: 18
Views: 5058

Re: Fids... for sailory, piratey types and people wot use ro

Dorothy Hartley 'Food in England' (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dorothy_Hartley) says "The shank bone of a sheep, cut slanting and filed smooth, makes the best apple scoop. It doesn't rust, bend or discolour the fruit". I expect she was writing that from experience so they definitely are a...
by Alan E
Tue Sep 20, 2011 4:03 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: Authentic Rope
Replies: 12
Views: 2467

Re: Authentic Rope

Grymm wrote:Cable laid hemp's yer man. Jute is 19thCas is sisal.

I just thought, jute is what's used to make hessian. Does that mean that jute rope is invisible too?

That would explain all the self-supporting tents in illustrations? The guy ropes are all invisible Jute rope made by magical foreigners!
by Alan E
Tue Sep 20, 2011 10:57 am
Forum: 1810-1900
Topic: Z's and gravestones???
Replies: 9
Views: 3076

Re: Z's and gravestones???

I think (as miss Costello said) that it simply refers to the caption "Z comes last and here it all ends". Nothing complex, simply a reminder of the end of the alphabet in a way that will be remembered. Oh, and a bit of a rationalist statement, subliminally suggesting that tehre is no life ...
by Alan E
Mon Sep 19, 2011 10:35 am
Forum: General History
Topic: Arrow Bags - Sorting fact from fiction?
Replies: 40
Views: 12297

Re: Arrow Bags - Sorting fact from fiction?

On archer's formations: I believe the 'herce' thing comes from Froissart, usually translated as 'harrow' and (given that modern harrows tend to be wedge-shaped) implying a wedge formation. Of course medieval harrows ( if that is what was meant by 'herce') were not necessarily (ever?) wedge shaped - ...
by Alan E
Wed Sep 14, 2011 3:38 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: Archers and Border Reivers - Sword Fighting Skills
Replies: 17
Views: 3404

Re: Archers and Border Reivers - Sword Fighting Skills

One thing to note about the I33 is that it says the basic sstances are how "ordinary" fencers fight. Some practitioners believe this is saying 'don't fight like this: untutored people will do though so here's how to defeat them. Tutored people fight like this (priest's special longpoint an...
by Alan E
Fri Sep 02, 2011 11:49 am
Forum: 410-1100
Topic: No Fly,s on a Viking
Replies: 10
Views: 2727

Re: No Fly,s on a Viking

Personally I find it hard to believe that not one individual got fed up having to drop there trousers every time they need a leek. Tiddles. Have you never worn tracky bottoms :crazy: ? Never worn a Gi? Of course you don't need to drop the lot for a leek ]:) : Just undo waist, pull (front of) waistb...
by Alan E
Wed Aug 24, 2011 1:31 pm
Forum: Book, Film, TV & Music Reviews
Topic: Sumer Is Icumen In
Replies: 2
Views: 843

Re: Sumer Is Icumen In

Medieval English Songs and Chants. The Hilliard Ensemble directed by Paul Hillier. First recodred in 1984 and then re-recorded in 2002 for Hamonia Mundi records. Another Busy Mole purchase (it was good to catch up with you both at Bossie and I'm pleased to hear how well things are going-forgot to a...
by Alan E
Tue Aug 09, 2011 2:53 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Origin of the term'secret'
Replies: 19
Views: 1571

Re: Origin of the term'secret'

the word probably didn't mean the same thing in all parts of the country and for the whole of the medieval period? Oooh! Please can I nick this for my sig? Slightly altered if I may: " A word probably didn't mean the same thing in all parts of the country at any time in the whole of the mediev...
by Alan E
Thu Aug 04, 2011 1:57 pm
Forum: Traders Discussion
Topic: How Rude!!!
Replies: 103
Views: 11163

Re: How Rude!!!

I once had some foresight!



(But nobody believed me :$ )
by Alan E
Tue Jul 26, 2011 6:10 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Wearing of Stripes
Replies: 39
Views: 5246

Re: Wearing of Stripes

Yeah but Marcus, they were the city government (for a short time), until the guilds got p'd off with their canceling of smaller debts etc and led a counter-revolution (I think it was the butcher's guild who led that?).

I mean, someone could be a cloggi representative to R.II :D :devil:
by Alan E
Thu Jul 21, 2011 4:25 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Table Supports
Replies: 4
Views: 725

Re: Table Supports

Captain Reech wrote:http://usera.imagecave.com/NikonLady/Winchester-Cathedral/MedievalTable.jpg

Like this one?

My mum had a table like that, back in the ummmm.... whenever :D ! Legs were hinged to the top at one side, with a stop-block at the other. Went to the skip years ago :cry: .
by Alan E
Thu Jul 21, 2011 12:22 pm
Forum: Traders Discussion
Topic: How Rude!!!
Replies: 103
Views: 11163

Re: How Rude!!!

I'm a little surprised at the vehemence some people have against those who ask how something is researched or made! It's a question I often ask, as I am interested in the providence and the manufacturing processes. For clothing, I have made enough of my own (doublet and hose for me, dress for my wif...
by Alan E
Tue Jul 05, 2011 11:54 am
Forum: 410-1100
Topic: Viking teeth
Replies: 3
Views: 1709

Re: Viking teeth

OWW!!!
:wtf:

Ow Ow Ow! Ow Ow Ow! Ow Ow Ow! Ow Ow Ow! Ow Ow Ow! Ow Ow Ow! !!!!
:shh:

OW!
:thumbdown:
(Ouch!) :sweat:
by Alan E
Thu Jun 16, 2011 12:17 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: A question for archers...........
Replies: 10
Views: 2001

Re: A question for archers...........

weren't they wrought iron? There is a fair bit on the interweb, try putting in - medieval arrowheads You will find an interesting article by Hector Cole. Not all of them, in fact some were specifically manufactured with steel (although not the "armour piercing bodkins" that some would exp...
by Alan E
Fri Jun 03, 2011 1:17 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: Medieval Cloth Merchants
Replies: 8
Views: 2038

Re: Medieval Cloth Merchants

I'd suggest Peter Spufford's 'Power and Profit The Merchant in Medieval Europe' (Thames and Dutton 2002 is the edition I have). Lots of illustrations ("265 illustrations, 29 in colour") of merchants of all kinds, discussion of routes and social context, examples of particular cases, laws e...
by Alan E
Thu Mar 03, 2011 5:23 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: A mystery of hose attachment
Replies: 7
Views: 1230

Re: A mystery of hose attachment

I think you are mistaking the white (linen?) lining of his doublet (which is IMO folded down) for an extension of his white (linen?) shirt. The thick black line above the inverted V of his (brown? black?) doublet is IMO the fold of his doublet, the white above it his shirt and the white below it (wi...
by Alan E
Wed Feb 23, 2011 6:03 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: A jack
Replies: 9
Views: 1340

Re: A jack

As recipient of said buttoning jack (or gambeson or acketon or ... pity our ancestors never left a complete, annotated and illustrated dictionary of arming clothes :P ), I can confirm that it worked fine. I've fenced with points and find that they can catch a blade at times, nothing too critical (ap...

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