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The changing faces of 1066

Posted: Wed Sep 05, 2007 2:00 pm
by Zachos
Just wondering if it would be legit for someone to wear a spectacle helm at the battle of hastings? I know the tapestry of incomprehensible spelling only shows nasals as far as I'm aware, but its not really that accurate a portrayal as far as some of the other things go, so was just wondering.

Zac

Posted: Wed Sep 05, 2007 2:09 pm
by Nigel
Nope

Spangens all round

Posted: Wed Sep 05, 2007 4:32 pm
by zauberdachs
Gjermundbu helmet is dated to 10th century Norway, so probably not the best for Hastings in the late 11th century Englandshire...

Posted: Mon Sep 10, 2007 11:20 am
by Swelter
zauberdachs wrote:Gjermundbu helmet is dated to 10th century Norway, so probably not the best for Hastings in the late 11th century Englandshire...


Especially as it was already an antique when it went into the ground.

Posted: Thu Oct 04, 2007 1:32 pm
by Gyrthofhwicce
the Helemts, armour and clothing for the Hastings battle, was indistinguishable between both the Norman and The Englisc armies

For those able to afford such things the Helemt was the conical shape that had been in for at least the last 100 years. round shaped helemts and particularly Gjurmendbu style spectacle helms where beyond antiques by 1066.

Posted: Tue Oct 16, 2007 8:29 am
by Zachos
Ok, thanks. Would they have conical helmets like this link or would they only have panelled ones like this: link

Just trying to decide exactly what I need before I head off to a market.

Posted: Tue Oct 16, 2007 8:36 am
by nathan
Zachos wrote:Ok, thanks. Would they have conical helmets like this link or would they only have panelled ones like this: link

Just trying to decide exactly what I need before I head off to a market.


Nicolle dates the 1-piece constructions to mid C11th, the BT has a number of helms that 'could be' single-piece.

For safetey I would go with the spangen (since they where in use a hundered years + either side) but for higher status single piece is also a good option (i wear mine for hastings period onwards).