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by Nigonwyrtas
Wed Nov 08, 2006 7:13 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: Reading old manuscripts?
Replies: 28
Views: 3410

Blimey, sally that would be a very specialist vocabulary, then! I see what you mean - could easily wrongfoot you. I'm not sure where anyone goes to help with that kind of thing, beyond the usual Middle English glossaries/dictionaries.
by Nigonwyrtas
Wed Nov 08, 2006 1:00 am
Forum: General History
Topic: Reading old manuscripts?
Replies: 28
Views: 3410

LOL. Oops from the reference to day course I assumed you had no experience in the area! Apologies. :lol:

This may or may not be of some use:

David C. Greetham (1994) 'Textual Scholarship: an Introduction', Pub. Garland

What sort of MS are you trying to read? (Just curious!)
by Nigonwyrtas
Mon Nov 06, 2006 2:55 pm
Forum: Food and Drink
Topic: Vegetables, Herbs, Dyeplants etc.
Replies: 17
Views: 4137

These people are a good source of old plant varieties. They used to be called the Henry Doubleday Research Association. Now called Garden Organic. They have the UK repository of old varieties of plant seeds, as banned by the EEC: [/url]www.gardenorganic.org.uk[url] I've always found Suffolk Herbs gr...
by Nigonwyrtas
Mon Nov 06, 2006 10:54 am
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Linen outer garments
Replies: 1
Views: 536

Linen outer garments

I know for years there's been debate of 17thC and 15thC re-enactors about whether linen was worn as outer garments, during the summer. It would seem logical but there's a paucity of evidence. Just found this fascinating website about garments concealed in buildings for reasons of magical protection:...
by Nigonwyrtas
Sat Nov 04, 2006 12:13 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: Reading old manuscripts?
Replies: 28
Views: 3410

Just had a quick look at the two websites. The first has a terrible translation of the Anglo Saxon on there (the Aelfric) - to the point that if that's so far out, I wouldn't have much faith in the accuracy of the rest. Also gets one of the letters wrong/confused. US site? Not sure. The second, cove...
by Nigonwyrtas
Sat Nov 04, 2006 12:41 am
Forum: General History
Topic: The History of Re-enactment
Replies: 63
Views: 17647

I always thought the Romans did the first re-enactments - all that forcing people in the arena to re-enact Carthage, etc. Also what they did with our ancestors, the Celts - forced them to re-enact various battles. They had a more exciting take on re-enactment of course (not just playing dead), and w...
by Nigonwyrtas
Sat Nov 04, 2006 12:24 am
Forum: General History
Topic: Reading old manuscripts?
Replies: 28
Views: 3410

Did my degree in this area, as well. I wouldn't have thought there'd be much you could ever read after 'a day's course'... Deciphering the handwriting's the least of your problems. You'd need a fluent grasp of Latin for most things. Also, Middle English. Middle Scots, and Anglo Norman are different ...
by Nigonwyrtas
Sat Nov 04, 2006 12:04 am
Forum: General History
Topic: Spiritual connection
Replies: 26
Views: 3996

I suppose it bores me because I'm not much into reading history books, or anything written 'about' a period - but like reading things written at the time. 15thC gives you nothing of any interest. Anglo Saxon poetry is beautiful, Old Norse too - Middle English also fascinating, but when you're moving...
by Nigonwyrtas
Mon Oct 30, 2006 2:29 am
Forum: General History
Topic: Spiritual connection
Replies: 26
Views: 3996

I'm doing 15thC re-enactment because the other half does it. No spiritual connection with it whatsoever. In fact, everything about it leaves me cold... I was a medievalist at university, but I like the earlier 'medieval' period and better still, Anglo Saxon and Viking periods. A couple of my family ...
by Nigonwyrtas
Mon Oct 30, 2006 1:29 am
Forum: Traders Discussion
Topic: Medieval Distaff & drop spindle
Replies: 25
Views: 6444

You can get a medieval lead whorl from ebay, cheaply enough. Mount it on a shaft (almost any native bit of stick will do) and bob's your uncle... There's this waxy stuff you can coat it with, but it's safe enough to handle so long as you wash your hands afterwards. People cast repros of them too, al...
by Nigonwyrtas
Sun Oct 29, 2006 3:26 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Very Fine Linen Thread
Replies: 11
Views: 3848

Gutterman's do a Linen thread in a fair range of colours. I haunt sewing shops and have only ever seen it in one - so it's by no means everywhere. It might be too heavyduty for some stuff, though. They also do a silk thread. These people are in the US but postage isn't going to be too horrendous: ht...
by Nigonwyrtas
Thu Oct 26, 2006 12:23 am
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Costume sources for 7-10th Century Anglo-Saxon
Replies: 4
Views: 1083

For trims and embellishments, there's very likely something in Peter Collingwood's 'The Techniques of Tablet Weaving'... I know I've woven an Anglo Saxon braid from that book, at some point. :D
by Nigonwyrtas
Tue Oct 24, 2006 10:38 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: Blue Bags/bag blue
Replies: 15
Views: 3483

My mum used it in the 1960s... and I remember she put it on either wasp or bee stings - one's acid, one alkaline. I forget which. Anyone remember which?
by Nigonwyrtas
Tue Oct 24, 2006 10:09 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Kapok?
Replies: 25
Views: 3380

You can get kapok here (Under 'Natural Fillings'):

http://www.noblecraft.co.uk