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by Mark Sanderson
Fri Aug 08, 2008 9:51 am
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: 1250 Knights Hospitaller
Replies: 20
Views: 4649

I don't doubt that you have researched the character to the best of your ability, however, further research may be to your advantage. The cross on your shield should be a maltese cross, or similar. Try this site http://www.knights-of-st-john.co.uk/ for further information. Scroll down to Historic Ar...
by Mark Sanderson
Tue Apr 22, 2008 10:36 pm
Forum: 55BC-410AD
Topic: Post Roman/ Pre Saxon swords
Replies: 7
Views: 4388

Thanks Medicus,

Those pictures on the forum are a great help. I'll bre able to cobble together some fine looking swords from all the information I've gathered.
by Mark Sanderson
Mon Apr 21, 2008 10:58 pm
Forum: 55BC-410AD
Topic: Post Roman/ Pre Saxon swords
Replies: 7
Views: 4388

Yep, Indeed, I started the thread on November 28th 2007, and to get as much interest, and feedback, as possible posted the same inquiry on 3 forums (fora?). I can't be ar5ed looking at the other threads at this time of night but I believe Irish weapons of the period in question got a mention, but no...
by Mark Sanderson
Tue Mar 25, 2008 9:35 pm
Forum: 410-1100
Topic: Gambesons - reality or reenactorism
Replies: 19
Views: 6537

Back in the Dark Ages of re-enactment (about 20 years ago) I used to wear chainmail straight over my costume (none of which could be considered authentic - the rings of the mail were 1" diameter). I would come off the field of combat covered in ring shaped bruises where I had been hit. Even tho...
by Mark Sanderson
Tue Mar 25, 2008 9:31 am
Forum: General History
Topic: Embroidery frames
Replies: 29
Views: 4549

I can't work out what the lady in the silk embroiderer picture is doing, but the ladies in the garden that are working on cushions look as if they may be working lace.
by Mark Sanderson
Sat Mar 08, 2008 9:07 am
Forum: General History
Topic: Mameluke Sword
Replies: 1
Views: 764

?

What was the question?
by Mark Sanderson
Mon Mar 03, 2008 8:26 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: 15th C Hose
Replies: 9
Views: 1371

Surely the lining of hose is to prevent fallingout!
by Mark Sanderson
Fri Feb 08, 2008 11:25 am
Forum: 410-1100
Topic: 6th century AS sword guard and pommels
Replies: 47
Views: 7907

I've been watching this thread with interest and I can only add...

Fight. Fight. Fight!

Not that I wish to incite a flame war between Work Monkey and Chrisanson

I'll keep me neb out and get back to some work.
by Mark Sanderson
Fri Feb 08, 2008 11:19 am
Forum: General History
Topic: Fluffy Question
Replies: 2
Views: 1215

Hi CeDeBe, While the Black Poplar (Populus nigra), also known as Cottonwood in the Americas, has many uses the seed fibres are too short to be used in textiles. However, the fibres are often used in tissue and other paper products. These fibres are treated to prevent premature decay. The fibres only...
by Mark Sanderson
Tue Jan 08, 2008 11:37 am
Forum: 410-1100
Topic: Viking Job Oppertunity?
Replies: 3
Views: 1818

by Mark Sanderson
Sun Jan 06, 2008 11:07 pm
Forum: 410-1100
Topic: Viking Job Oppertunity?
Replies: 3
Views: 1818

Check your link please,

The page cannot be found..








...or is it just me?
by Mark Sanderson
Fri Dec 14, 2007 10:00 am
Forum: 410-1100
Topic: Post Roman/ Pre Saxon swords
Replies: 37
Views: 9529

Here's one for Workmonkey (if I can download a picture from my files!).

It's that jewelled pommel I mentioned somewhere above.
by Mark Sanderson
Mon Dec 10, 2007 7:46 pm
Forum: 410-1100
Topic: Post Roman/ Pre Saxon swords
Replies: 37
Views: 9529

Seax 'n' drugs 'n' rock 'n' roll!

Thanks Medicus - the only person left on this thread talking sense.
by Mark Sanderson
Fri Dec 07, 2007 5:03 pm
Forum: 410-1100
Topic: Post Roman/ Pre Saxon swords
Replies: 37
Views: 9529

Horror-zontal shield grips!!!

That's going to involve some re-training. After 20 years of defending my self with a vertical gripped Viking shield I've got set in my ways.

I still don't know if the pugio went out of fashion.
by Mark Sanderson
Fri Dec 07, 2007 5:03 pm
Forum: 410-1100
Topic: Post Roman/ Pre Saxon swords
Replies: 37
Views: 9529

Horror-zontal shield grips!!!

That's going to involve some re-training. After 20 years of defending my self with a vertical gripped Viking shield I've got set in my ways.

I still don't know if the pugio went out of fashion.
by Mark Sanderson
Thu Dec 06, 2007 10:04 pm
Forum: 410-1100
Topic: Post Roman/ Pre Saxon swords
Replies: 37
Views: 9529

Horizontal shield grips? Oh Pooh! I'm going to delegate shield research to someone else. Oh! Hang on. Our group leader makes shields to suppliment his beer fund. http://www.shieldsandshoes.co.uk/ so he knows all about it. Now then, did the pugio stay fashionable or was it superceded by something lik...
by Mark Sanderson
Thu Dec 06, 2007 5:38 pm
Forum: 410-1100
Topic: Post Roman/ Pre Saxon swords
Replies: 37
Views: 9529

Now, now boys. Don't start a flame war on my thread. If it wasn't for smart ar5es and wise ar5es like Workmonkey, Steve Stanley and Medicus Matt I would still be ignorant as to the style of sword used in post Roman/ pre Anglo-Saxon England. Granted, I am no wiser as to pommel/hilt changes but, as Me...
by Mark Sanderson
Mon Dec 03, 2007 8:30 pm
Forum: 410-1100
Topic: viking age sword and pommel (question)
Replies: 20
Views: 6340

forgot to add that Viking swords were often deeply fullered with a wide fuller, leaving thicker material at the edges of the blade for the cutting edge. These deep, wide fullers reduced the weight of the blade considerably allowing the user more control when fighting an opponent of equal skill.
by Mark Sanderson
Mon Dec 03, 2007 8:27 pm
Forum: 410-1100
Topic: Post Roman/ Pre Saxon swords
Replies: 37
Views: 9529

Sorry, Workmonkey, that is a 6th/7th century Anglo-Saxon sword based on finds from Sutton Hoo. The spatha I am refering to had a flattened pommel with a large (plastic?) lewel glued to the flattened faces. More than likely this was aimed at LARPers rather than re-enactors. I've lost the link but wil...
by Mark Sanderson
Mon Dec 03, 2007 8:10 pm
Forum: 410-1100
Topic: viking age sword and pommel (question)
Replies: 20
Views: 6340

Pommels could be made from any hard wearing material. Bronze, Brass, Iron, Steel, antler, Walrus Ivory and even wood. The pommel was not necessarily a counter balance but merely a lump of material attached to the handle to stop the sword flying out of the hand when the sword was swung vigorously. A ...
by Mark Sanderson
Thu Nov 29, 2007 11:33 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: Post Roman/ Pre Saxon swords
Replies: 5
Views: 1321

Thanks Neil,

I think I've got that one in the loft somewhere (D'oh!).

Right, now if I can only find the step ladders!
by Mark Sanderson
Thu Nov 29, 2007 11:10 pm
Forum: 410-1100
Topic: Post Roman/ Pre Saxon swords
Replies: 37
Views: 9529

Thanks WorkMonkey, I guessed as much but I was hoping for more information on the hilts, grip and pommel. I want to manufacture a couple of examples for a display and they have to be as correct as possible. I won't start making them until May, for an August show, so I have plenty of time to get my a...
by Mark Sanderson
Thu Nov 29, 2007 8:00 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: Post Roman/ Pre Saxon swords
Replies: 5
Views: 1321

Thanks BrendanGrif, I'll see if the local library can blag me copy. Many books can be quite academic. I have books in my own library that academics would probably find difficult to read, full of useless information like the carbon content of an Anglo-Saxon dress pin, or the tin/ copper ratio of a pi...
by Mark Sanderson
Wed Nov 28, 2007 12:03 am
Forum: 55BC-410AD
Topic: Post Roman/ Pre Saxon swords
Replies: 7
Views: 4388

Post Roman/ Pre Saxon swords

I'm looking for information and examples of swords in Britain from 400 - 500 ad. Pictish or Scots swords will do.

All I can find on the web are Roman, "Celtic" and Saxon swords.

Thanks in advance.
by Mark Sanderson
Wed Nov 28, 2007 12:00 am
Forum: 410-1100
Topic: Post Roman/ Pre Saxon swords
Replies: 37
Views: 9529

Post Roman/ Pre Saxon swords

I'm looking for information and examples of swords in britain from 400 - 500 ad. Pictish or Scots examples from the same period will do.

All I can find on the web are Roman, "Celtic" and Saxon swords.

Thanks in advance
by Mark Sanderson
Tue Nov 27, 2007 11:56 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: Post Roman/ Pre Saxon swords
Replies: 5
Views: 1321

Post Roman/ Pre Saxon swords

I'm looking for information and examples of swords in Britain around 400 - 500 ad. Pictish and Scots swords from the same period will do. I understand that the Roman Spatha may have been used as a model for Romano British swords but how did the hilt, grip and pommel change? All I can find on the web...
by Mark Sanderson
Sat Nov 05, 2005 10:51 pm
Forum: 410-1100
Topic: Pathfinder
Replies: 23
Views: 4644

There're bound to be explosions in it. There are always explosions in American made, pre-gun powder historical films. And, I bet they call the river that runs through the area where new york is the Hudson. And they will call the Native American village 'New Jorvik'.
by Mark Sanderson
Tue Oct 11, 2005 9:26 am
Forum: Music and Instruments
Topic: Bombardes - bombardment
Replies: 77
Views: 17407

Having sen the pic' Kate submitted, I'm sticking with the ukulele where body piercings are optional!
by Mark Sanderson
Sun Oct 02, 2005 6:35 pm
Forum: Music and Instruments
Topic: Bombardes - bombardment
Replies: 77
Views: 17407

Hi Kate, Ifyou are really not learning to play the uke' then you won't want to look at these web sites, http://www.theuke.com http://www.aligatorboogaloo.com/uke/tabs.html http://beatlesites.info/index.html http://www.geocities.com/bettylouchords/ The last site is a guitar tab site but there are som...
by Mark Sanderson
Fri Sep 30, 2005 7:19 pm
Forum: Music and Instruments
Topic: Bombardes - bombardment
Replies: 77
Views: 17407

Who said situation comedy was dead? This thread is funnier than anything on the telly. As a musician who, never learned to play, I think De Boissey is very brave in trying to master a reed instrument. I could only ever make a sax, or a clarinet fart and squeek while oboes make my ears blow bubbles. ...

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