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by GuyofBurgundy
Sun Aug 10, 2008 11:12 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Arms & Armour Imports 1480-81
Replies: 34
Views: 4351

Already have a copy of Giraldus Cambrensis; I bought it for a course that the lecturer never really got around to teaching... which I was slightly miffed about. The only other material I've really looked at is the Guthlac rolls, but they seem to be a bit confused as to what they are depicting to som...
by GuyofBurgundy
Sun Aug 10, 2008 6:34 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Arms & Armour Imports 1480-81
Replies: 34
Views: 4351

Whilst we're (sort of) on the subject of the Welsh- does anyone know of any decent depictions/written accounts of the Welsh circa 1170-1200 aside from Giraldus? I've been skimming through material and coming up with nothing, although the letter mentioned in Brother Ranulf's post is something new. Me...
by GuyofBurgundy
Sat May 24, 2008 12:26 pm
Forum: Pictures
Topic: Clithero 2008
Replies: 25
Views: 4168

Admittedly a helmet is the first item of armour a person should accquire in our group under the new regs- one sample section- Freeman: Ideal: simple skullcap helm, no body armour. Acceptable: Simple nasal helm, light gambeson, arming cap worn as head protection. Unnacceptable: Maille armour of any k...
by GuyofBurgundy
Fri May 23, 2008 9:38 am
Forum: Pictures
Topic: Clithero 2008
Replies: 25
Views: 4168

Spot on Alan. We used to include the shoulder, but it got dropped after the minor injuries all seemed to result from it. We go OVER the shoulder, which if you're safe is practically the same thing, but it means it is approached from either high left or high right and therefore well outside the 'head...
by GuyofBurgundy
Fri May 23, 2008 12:11 am
Forum: Pictures
Topic: Clithero 2008
Replies: 25
Views: 4168

Thanks Aelfric; one of our groups is based primarily in Manchester. Whereas the actual grave-evidence doesn't tend to show trauma to the skeleton, one of the things to note is that the stomach doesn't feature any major bones, so wouldn't if it is a 'gutting' blow, and that nearly all of Mi.33 sugges...
by GuyofBurgundy
Thu May 22, 2008 3:08 pm
Forum: Pictures
Topic: Clithero 2008
Replies: 25
Views: 4168

The killzone is restrictive for a few reasons; one of them is safety and part of it is display- once combat rises above a certain speed the audience can't tell a whole hell of a lot anyway, and the torso makes any hit shots very obvious. We do attack at the stomach; and I know I've never avoided it....
by GuyofBurgundy
Wed Feb 06, 2008 8:03 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Cotton in period
Replies: 213
Views: 25593

The ''chickensuit'' is actually a leather lamellar; I think, even if you do not agree with another society, that being rude is not in any way productive. I admit a lot of that side needed a tonne of work regarding kit; but as Lamellar is used by a LOT of groups, epecifically picking on this example ...
by GuyofBurgundy
Wed Feb 06, 2008 5:03 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Cotton in period
Replies: 213
Views: 25593

I must say some of those pictures immediately make me sigh; some of the NW groups in my absence managed to accumulate the worlds worst kit in a very, very short space of time; which is now being systematically overhauled/retired. Some of the kit I'm still quite happy with how it turned out; the numb...
by GuyofBurgundy
Wed Feb 06, 2008 3:15 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Cotton in period
Replies: 213
Views: 25593

Again; I'm not trying to shout for ''Cotton for all''- as I've restated time and time again; most of my cotton is cotton/linen mix; and has passed muster a couple of times as linen... I mainly argue this as 2/3rds a theoretical point, especially as most groups face their shields and gambesons in cot...
by GuyofBurgundy
Wed Feb 06, 2008 3:00 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Cotton in period
Replies: 213
Views: 25593

We hear it a lot; I founded a group ''by accident''... that is to say... I'm not sure how quite it happened... it just... did. And now I'm five years older (actually) and twenty years older (physically and cynically...) and having to fill out insurance and risk assessment forms (RISK ASSESSMENT?) be...
by GuyofBurgundy
Wed Feb 06, 2008 2:46 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Cotton in period
Replies: 213
Views: 25593

Cnut specifically stating that all Huscarls must have a gold-hilted sword, not polished brass? (this was used to try and increase the number of wealthy huscarls and shake the hangers-on...)
Polished brass and gold are dead-ringers, as many an innocent swindled-person may learn.
by GuyofBurgundy
Wed Feb 06, 2008 2:39 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Cotton in period
Replies: 213
Views: 25593

So close-too, where other nobles would notice it?...

Also the durability; repeatedly washed linen garments A)loose their colour quicker (which means that nice purple is fading...) and B)wear faster.
The hang is also notably different, unless the weave is such that it is nigh-indistinguishable.
by GuyofBurgundy
Wed Feb 06, 2008 2:22 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Cotton in period
Replies: 213
Views: 25593

I will endeavour to get some; seeing as I just splashed on a new helm from Thorkil in Poland, and a shirt of rivetted and coif to match, I feel I've earned the right to have some photos taken. :) The chausses will probably bring up another dead horse for the flogging though... *cringes* EDIT: http:/...
by GuyofBurgundy
Wed Feb 06, 2008 2:09 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Cotton in period
Replies: 213
Views: 25593

Just seems like a case of having decided on the desired result and then finding 'evidence' to back it up. Not the way I do things but it's your group. Each to their own. More the other way round; before the kit regs were written, each section was researched indepent of existing reenactment groups; ...
by GuyofBurgundy
Wed Feb 06, 2008 2:04 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Cotton in period
Replies: 213
Views: 25593

Nope; nothing to do with the SCA (trying not to take any exception to it...) Most people have at least a simple backdrop to their life for a mix of school visit reasons (storytime for the kids, where you explain your persona, stressing you're not a specific historical figure, but instead trying to p...
by GuyofBurgundy
Wed Feb 06, 2008 1:44 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Cotton in period
Replies: 213
Views: 25593

It depends highly on the weave of the cotton; normally it hangs better, has a finer finish, and takes dye better (and therefore dyes deeper). The core period is 1099-1215; mainly focusing on 1135-1215. And as stated above; as a symbol of rank, King John had tablecloths imported in cotton; I doubt he...
by GuyofBurgundy
Wed Feb 06, 2008 1:37 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Cotton in period
Replies: 213
Views: 25593

Oh, and I missed a point; sorry. ''SO IF YOU WANT COTTON DO YOU HAVE EVERYTHIGN ELSE AND I MEAN EVERYTHIGN ELSE YOU WOULD NEED LIKE SUITABLE CLOTHING, A BIG TENT WITH ALL THAT MEANS A RETINUE ETC ETC ETC'' :) That is why in the BSU it is now a limited item to heads of groups; meaning people with ret...
by GuyofBurgundy
Wed Feb 06, 2008 1:34 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Cotton in period
Replies: 213
Views: 25593

''Why pay the high price for cotton when wool or linen was available?" ... and why bother with purple dyes, which were so expensive, when light yellows were easily procured? This is somewhat of a specious argument, seeing as it is universally accepted that displays of wealth were A) common and ...
by GuyofBurgundy
Wed Feb 06, 2008 12:44 am
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Cotton in period
Replies: 213
Views: 25593

This is pretty much the thrust of the argument as per our group (The BSU); I fully acknowledge cotton should not be everywhere (as, when you allow it, it INEVITABLY is; I'm actually in the process of extremely rarefying it), but in countries known to trade with Medieval England, cotton is extremely ...

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