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by Alan E
Mon Oct 11, 2010 3:18 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Medieval bed
Replies: 30
Views: 5840

Re: Medieval bed

To split the side lengths you are going to need some sort of scarf joint. Richard Harris' "Discovering Timber-Framed Buildings" lists those used on building frames as Edge-halved scarf, Bridle scarf (see http://www.craftsmanspace.com/knowledge/scarf-woodworking-joints.html) or Face-halved ...
by Alan E
Tue Oct 05, 2010 9:49 am
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Chain maille between 1350 and 1490
Replies: 8
Views: 979

Re: Chain maille between 1350 and 1490

The Knight and the Blast Furnace: A History of Metallurgy of Armour in the Middle Ages & the Early Modern Period (History of warfare) (Alan Williams) is "the" standard text nowadays on armour research - not cheap though! The Armour Research Society has published a few journals on the s...
by Alan E
Fri May 28, 2010 5:11 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Period Maille
Replies: 70
Views: 8853

Re: Period Maille

John Waller wrote:
Alan E wrote:
Langley wrote:... a group of maille makers (first task - what is the collective noun?)....

An armoury?


Surely - A Ring ?

"Police recently uncovered a secret ring of maille makers in England. CPS is taking advice as to what charges might be brought" :devil:
by Alan E
Fri May 28, 2010 2:10 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Period Maille
Replies: 70
Views: 8853

Re: Period Maille

Langley wrote:... a group of maille makers (first task - what is the collective noun?)....

An armoury?
by Alan E
Tue May 11, 2010 9:49 am
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: WMA: A new Fiore training book (c1400)
Replies: 35
Views: 4370

Re: WMA: A new Fiore training book (c1400)

Mark is not used to wearing hose. Mark, if you want hose to wear with armour, I'll arrange to get some to fit you properly. Yes, there's only one way to do that, make them - with fittings and a toile. Around 1400 you should really be wearing (fairly high) separate legs (I believe), but I'm guessing ...
by Alan E
Tue May 04, 2010 10:01 am
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: how wrong is our pot?!
Replies: 14
Views: 1620

Re: how wrong is our pot?!

Of course Guthrie's picture is not the only possible shape (standardisation wasn't our forebear's thing really); see Karen's update to this thread viewtopic.php?f=20&t=20684&view=unread#unread for alternative shapes, some nearer the shape of your pot.
by Alan E
Tue May 04, 2010 9:29 am
Forum: Food and Drink
Topic: white carrots!
Replies: 43
Views: 12712

Re: white carrots!

Not necessarily any contamination, nor mutant gene (except that a mutation presumably occurred way back in the evolution of the carrot), simply a natural variation in the genes present. The production of colour is in fact usually a recessive gene, (http://jhered.oxfordjournals.org/cgi/reprint/87/5/3...
by Alan E
Fri Apr 23, 2010 4:00 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: Girls, this one is for you!
Replies: 37
Views: 8371

Re: Girls, this one is for you!

Not 100% - agreed! Even modern contraceptives come with that warning and of course traditional methods were far less certain (which is why people put up with plastic sheaths or hormonal sledgehammers with their potential side effects). I seem to recall that using periods as a marker for ovulation ha...
by Alan E
Fri Apr 23, 2010 9:35 am
Forum: General History
Topic: Girls, this one is for you!
Replies: 37
Views: 8371

Re: Girls, this one is for you!

That's a good point re how much time women spent pregnant or breastfeeding. Most women believed that breastfeeding would prevent another pregnancy. :$ Kate By "Most women believed..." did you imply disbelief? :o Lactational amenorrhoea is a perfectly real and, with limitations (as have al...
by Alan E
Fri Mar 19, 2010 10:35 am
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Looking for a longbow
Replies: 58
Views: 5106

Re: Looking for a longbow

My wife warned me the 'crass and cack-handed' comment would raise peoples' heckles. I really should learn to listen to her! :D The 'replica' arrows in the MR museum are a source of frustration to me. Given access to the original arrows how did the craftsman manage to produce artefacts that differ s...
by Alan E
Thu Mar 18, 2010 5:15 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Coat of plates Vs Plate
Replies: 37
Views: 3328

Re: Coat of plates Vs Plate

A useful insight into the research that is out there. AFAIK very little evidence on actual performance has been produced on originals or realistic (type of material, production techhiques etc) reproductions. http://books.google.co.uk/books?id=GpVbnsqAzxIC&dq=knight+and+the+blast+furnace&prin...
by Alan E
Thu Mar 11, 2010 3:40 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Looking for a longbow
Replies: 58
Views: 5106

Re: Looking for a longbow

... To be honest, nothing looks as crass and cack-handed as a 11/32" shaft with a great wedge of buffalo shoved in its rear, plumed with 1" high feathers and whipped with what appears to be string rather than fine silk. As "crass and cack-handed" as the replicas placed next to t...
by Alan E
Wed Jan 06, 2010 2:13 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Underarm gussets on kirtles and doublets
Replies: 29
Views: 2533

Re: Underarm gussets on kirtles and doublets

Is removing head wear a English tradition then? Franco-Burgundian, Italian and Scadanavian pictures of peasents giving homage at the manorial courts or taking orders from bailiffs, reeves, stewerds, etc do not show them doffing theirs hats (if they are wearing them in the first place that is.) It's...
by Alan E
Mon Jan 04, 2010 11:27 am
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Underarm gussets on kirtles and doublets
Replies: 29
Views: 2533

Re: Underarm gussets on kirtles and doublets

Thanks Marcus. they do have the incredible courtesy of remaining with their heads uncovered, with admirable grace, whilst they do talk to each other even when at church. What do people make of this line? It sounds like we shouldn't be wearing hats as much as we think we need to! Or does it mean tha...
by Alan E
Fri Dec 11, 2009 6:47 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Shaving
Replies: 22
Views: 2622

Re: Shaving

FWIW, Sally's tallow-based soap lathers well enough for shaving, using a reproduction brush based on the Mary Rose finds. No evidence that tallow soap was use, except that it works.
by Alan E
Wed Aug 19, 2009 4:19 pm
Forum: Pictures
Topic: Historic Cooking Fires
Replies: 71
Views: 11582

Re: Fireboxes!

[snip]... If you're gonna do period cookery then howabout doing it on the floor as ALL THESE REFERENCES SHOW? There are many ways to get over the EH / NT regs about fires off the ground. PM me for details. ...[snip] hehe Not quite all of them, for example from Karen's site there is a link to this h...
by Alan E
Thu Jun 18, 2009 3:17 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: Bathing Henry III to Edward I Style.
Replies: 5
Views: 1100

Linens (hanging around tub, lining tub, for drying etc) would I think be needed. I don't have images to hand, but I'm sure they're out there (remember seeing some).
by Alan E
Thu Jun 18, 2009 2:42 pm
Forum: Pictures
Topic: MY new harness pics
Replies: 27
Views: 2846

Colin Middleton wrote:Good advice John. Fund a group that you're comfortable with and they can help you meet their standards.

Ahhh, to be able to find someone who'd fund a group - Livery and maintenance! :D :lol:
by Alan E
Wed Jun 17, 2009 2:55 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: Knife/Dagger length
Replies: 26
Views: 8409

I got it out of a book if that helps. :lol: :shock: :lol: Eee Marcus, you're better than that! C'mon, what book? What was the context? Modern, medieval, fiction or finds based? Someone deciding that "for the purposes of this discussion 'dagger' shall mean..."? Is this just another reenact...
by Alan E
Wed Jun 17, 2009 9:59 am
Forum: General History
Topic: Knife/Dagger length
Replies: 26
Views: 8409

Where does this thing come from that daggers all have two edges? Medieval knives/daggers were named for their hilts and varied in blade type within the same hilt. AFAIK rondel daggers had two edges (rare except in reenactment), triangular section with single edge (I have a lovely single-edged rondel...
by Alan E
Wed May 27, 2009 10:27 am
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Sword Types and Uses
Replies: 33
Views: 4153

So proper academic refs please - titles, authors and dates. :D He did state it was his opinion- and one that stands for the c15th in the main (which is the dateline cited in the original question), mixed with a hint of a modern need to classify, where the appearance of swords seems to become far mo...
by Alan E
Wed Apr 08, 2009 5:53 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Gambeson and Padded Jack
Replies: 49
Views: 7236

Sorry, I thought rustyfrenchman had it all simply sorted now (his last reply). The link actually equates pourpoint to jaques (jack) so the mention of pourpoint was slightly relevant. Modern usage is certainly mixed for all these garments; I'd guess that period usage was too (or studies of original c...
by Alan E
Wed Apr 08, 2009 5:37 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Gambeson and Padded Jack
Replies: 49
Views: 7236

Alright, to complicate it more - this http://www.myarmoury.com/feature_spot_quilted.html disagrees with the OED about Jupon, and probably with other things said here too :P And this http://web.ceu.hu/medstud/manual/SRM/gloss.htm#gipon says everything was worn under the armour and a pourpoint is not ...
by Alan E
Wed Apr 08, 2009 5:32 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Gambeson and Padded Jack
Replies: 49
Views: 7236

Ahh, thanks. That makes more sense of Chaucer's usage.

So now I know that I need a fustian jupon to go under my mail, as well as a new gambeson to go over it!

(good thing I'd sort-of planned it that way)
by Alan E
Wed Apr 08, 2009 3:19 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Gambeson and Padded Jack
Replies: 49
Views: 7236

...Also appearing in the 14th C is the Jupon. This is a padded coat, worn over armour (again shorter and more tailored than the Gambeson). These tended to show heraldic and decorative details and could be quite rich. These appear to have fallen out of use by the end of the 14th C, when alwhite harn...
by Alan E
Fri Mar 13, 2009 12:09 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Joined hood on late C14, early C15 cloaks?
Replies: 13
Views: 1016

Thanks Karen

Any other evidence (one way or the other)?
by Alan E
Wed Mar 11, 2009 4:46 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Joined hood on late C14, early C15 cloaks?
Replies: 13
Views: 1016

Whether it's a common garment is dependant on time, place and context of course :) . In context of my OP the hooded cloaks (if they were hooded cloaks) were (probably) not common amongst Hawkwood's retinue, but for the funeral they were given to the entire retinue (apparently) and would then have be...
by Alan E
Wed Mar 11, 2009 11:04 am
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Things that make you go '!'
Replies: 141
Views: 10751

Now, now Alice.... Don't be pedantic or you'll annoy Mr Alan E. Goodness sake! anyone would like this thread was for each invidivual to voice what personally makes them go '!'... ...oh hang on... Pedantic doesn't annoy me, pedantic makes me go "!" and want to join in :D Sweeping generalis...
by Alan E
Wed Mar 11, 2009 11:01 am
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Joined hood on late C14, early C15 cloaks?
Replies: 13
Views: 1016

Joined hood on late C14, early C15 cloaks?

Does anyone have any evidence what the mourning cloaks handed out by Florence to the followers of Sir John Hawkwood (d. 1394) would have been? The thought was prompted by mention here http://www.livinghistory.co.uk/forums/viewtopic.php?t=16661&start=90 of hooded cloaks not existing in the 15th C...
by Alan E
Tue Mar 10, 2009 6:05 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Things that make you go '!'
Replies: 141
Views: 10751

Since the thread appears devoted to pedantry: Hooded medieval cloaks of any kind (shudders) yes, well they are hoodless (much more practical with a separate hood and the overlap of the shoulder plate) and pretty much a traveller's / foul weather garment by the late C15th period or a coronation garme...

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