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by egfroth
Mon Jun 30, 2008 9:53 am
Forum: 410-1100
Topic: This years Battle of Hastings
Replies: 36
Views: 8186

Damn! I find I can't make it after all. [sigh].

Maybe next year? Or the year after that?

I dunno . . .

Look for me with a zimmer frame. . .
by egfroth
Mon Apr 14, 2008 3:42 pm
Forum: 410-1100
Topic: This years Battle of Hastings
Replies: 36
Views: 8186

Yes, but they weren't. I seem to recall the Battle captain of the English Right Wing gleefully talking about having his own personal SAS . . . Big, tough Australians, with years of combat experience. Still, this is all in fun, right? I'm not even engaging in combat this year. A lot of drinking and s...
by egfroth
Mon Apr 14, 2008 12:12 am
Forum: 410-1100
Topic: This years Battle of Hastings
Replies: 36
Views: 8186

[Sigh]. You can try, but my hearth troop may have something to say about that . . .

But it would almost be worth ditching my linen undertunic and making a cotton one to see what happened.
by egfroth
Fri Apr 11, 2008 2:00 pm
Forum: 410-1100
Topic: Frankish (600-800AD) clothing sources
Replies: 5
Views: 2887

There's a discussion on this (and arms and armour) on another forum here with quite a bit of useful data and some good links to sites with a lot of pictorial info.
by egfroth
Fri Apr 11, 2008 1:51 pm
Forum: 410-1100
Topic: This years Battle of Hastings
Replies: 36
Views: 8186

Varangian Guard - working for the Byzantine Empire, in Byzantium (except that the Byzantines called it Rome ). And they counted Rus among their membership - along with Swedes, Danes, Norwegians and English - and perhaps even the occasional (gasp!) Norman. Looks like I'll be coming over to take part...
by egfroth
Thu Jan 24, 2008 7:26 am
Forum: 410-1100
Topic: C5th Armour padding
Replies: 51
Views: 9110

Ghah, I need to talk to Dr Timothy.
And you want me to behave! :twisted:
by egfroth
Tue Jan 22, 2008 7:25 am
Forum: 410-1100
Topic: Norman buckles
Replies: 10
Views: 3650

There's at least one "Norman" piece here (it's number 656)

There's very little stuff available that we can point to and say "Yes, that's Norman". Anything found in England dating from maybe 100 years after the Norman Conquest could be Norman, rather than English, but how would we know?
by egfroth
Tue Jan 22, 2008 7:14 am
Forum: 410-1100
Topic: C5th Armour padding
Replies: 51
Views: 9110

Well, it looks more like padding than anything else, but a case could be made for it being some form of lamellar, perhaps. The Strategikon of Emperor Maurice (end of the 6th century) prescribes "tunics" (don't know the original Greek word, but the assumption is that these are padded) as the protecti...
by egfroth
Fri Jan 18, 2008 11:36 pm
Forum: 410-1100
Topic: C5th Armour padding
Replies: 51
Views: 9110

Matt, is that picture directly from the tombstone shown laid out flat or is it a re-draw by somebody later ? The reason I ask is that it seems unusual to see one of these things depicted separately, rather than being worn on the body.
by egfroth
Fri Jan 18, 2008 11:27 pm
Forum: 410-1100
Topic: No Saxon Please.....We're English!!!
Replies: 12
Views: 3743

ViscontesseD'Asbeau I envy you immensely. I would dearly love to have had the opportunity to study OE properly. Unfortunately, it was not to be, so I'm one of those autodidacts who can barely string a simple sentence together. The passage I quoted was certainly chosen for its simplicity. It was done...
by egfroth
Sat Jan 12, 2008 3:18 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: 12th-13th C axe haft length
Replies: 3
Views: 1432

Easier to use, too, as I discovered when I cut my axe-shaft down a bit. Made a huge difference in combat.
by egfroth
Sat Jan 12, 2008 3:15 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: What's wrong with the movie Braveheart?
Replies: 84
Views: 15733

American, not Australian. Spent his early years here, though.
by egfroth
Sat Jan 12, 2008 11:22 am
Forum: 410-1100
Topic: C5th Armour padding
Replies: 51
Views: 9110

I think it depends on what's being portrayed and, knowing something of this groups background, I don't think that you can dismiss use of manufactured under-armour as easily as that. Agreed - but there's no evidence for the foederati in England being supplied with Roman kit. Or is there? If the 'Ang...
by egfroth
Thu Jan 10, 2008 11:37 pm
Forum: 410-1100
Topic: C5th Armour padding
Replies: 51
Views: 9110

The Romans used them. There's no evidence for their being used by the Anglo-Saxons - if anything, the contrary is true. Which do you want to portray?
by egfroth
Thu Jan 10, 2008 11:33 pm
Forum: 410-1100
Topic: No Saxon Please.....We're English!!!
Replies: 12
Views: 3743

To be perfectly honest, OE is not that different from modern English, if you keep the sentences simple and allow for the changes in spelling - "sc" is pronounced "sh", "g" often turns to a "y" sound when it's next to a vowel. And "cg" is pronounced "j", things like that. I was reading through a shor...
by egfroth
Wed Jan 09, 2008 7:45 am
Forum: 410-1100
Topic: Crossbows in this period
Replies: 39
Views: 15678

Though I know of none in England pre-Conquest, there is a fair bit of evidence for them on the Continent, including an 11th century Spanish picture, a 10th century French one, and the find of quite a decent crossbow remnant at Colletie're in France (most of the stock, quite a bit of the prod, plus a...
by egfroth
Wed Jan 09, 2008 7:33 am
Forum: 410-1100
Topic: No Saxon Please.....We're English!!!
Replies: 12
Views: 3743

I dunno. Much as I love Old English, is it really right to make first year students learn what, at this remove in time, is effectively a foreign language, so they can appreciate pre-Conquest literature as part of the overall study of English? I'm a bit conflicted on this. I'd LOVE to be forced to le...
by egfroth
Wed Jan 09, 2008 7:14 am
Forum: 410-1100
Topic: Anglo-Saxon Hats
Replies: 18
Views: 5839

The earliest illustrations I know of that show brimmed straw hats are mid-late 12th century, not pre-Conquest. If you have information to contradict that, I'd be very interested (as I'd love to wear one myself!)