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by CFury
Mon Nov 22, 2010 9:45 am
Forum: 1603-1715
Topic: 30 years war
Replies: 8
Views: 3485

Re: 30 years war

Excellent - Cheers guys this is great. Started writing last night, so I'll keep you posted as to the progress (and of course if I get stuck!)
by CFury
Sun Nov 21, 2010 11:13 am
Forum: 1603-1715
Topic: 30 years war
Replies: 8
Views: 3485

Re: 30 years war

Well, therein lies the pickle. The idea was to have the option to continue with the same character to the restoration and beyond, so I was aiming to have his age similar to John Lambert (b. 1619), but Lambert was educated at the Inns of Court and didn't join the war until approximately 1642. So then...
by CFury
Sat Nov 20, 2010 2:58 pm
Forum: Food and Drink
Topic: Mediaeval Islam
Replies: 41
Views: 32954

Re: Mediaeval Islam

There is always the danger of underplaying the intelligence of our forebears. While it is acknowledged that the concept of bacteria was unknown, if you drank from one water source and got sick then drank from another and didnt, it would be pretty plain that the water had affected you without express...
by CFury
Sat Nov 20, 2010 1:45 pm
Forum: 1603-1715
Topic: Help needed with writing a novel about the English civil war
Replies: 17
Views: 5728

Re: Help needed with writing a novel about the English civil war

I'm currently reading Witchfinders by Malcolm Gaskill, which as well as being absolutely terrifying, is all about the period and area you are writing for. There is loads of information on things like Assizes and gaols which might not link exactly to your story but provide plenty of local colour. Rea...
by CFury
Sat Nov 20, 2010 1:27 pm
Forum: 1603-1715
Topic: 30 years war
Replies: 8
Views: 3485

30 years war

Hi guys I'm writing at the moment about a fellow living through the 17th century, and I was wanting him to go into the ECW as a minor officer, probably a Lieutenant. The easiest way to do this will be prior experience (he doesnt have the background to buy a commision, so he'll have to earn one!). I ...
by CFury
Wed Sep 22, 2010 11:24 am
Forum: 1603-1715
Topic: ECW Mercenary role
Replies: 38
Views: 15620

Re: ECW Mercenary role

If you are wanting to look all flamboyant and European, there's far more scope for being a 'dandy' in an English regiment. John Lambert was well known for his outre style of dress, and while in Scotland after Dunbar requested several hats including 'a good French hat of the best sort', Spanish leath...
by CFury
Tue Sep 14, 2010 4:19 pm
Forum: 1603-1715
Topic: Helmet Decoration
Replies: 4
Views: 2897

Re: Helmet Decoration

I have seen several helmets worn by officers with holders for plumes of feathers etc on the back, even on pots which were owned by the likes of Cromwell, Fairfax et al. Presumably this was as much for identification as fashion. The story of the feathers that appear on the coat of arms for the Prince...
by CFury
Tue Sep 14, 2010 2:29 pm
Forum: Traders Discussion
Topic: New Trader
Replies: 34
Views: 8335

Re: New Trader

I agree with pretty much everything posted so far, especially the advice about checking your retail law. It seems like the easiest thing in the world to set up an online store, but the myriad terms and conditions (that are there to protect consumers and retailers equally, lets remember) mean that it...
by CFury
Fri May 21, 2010 12:01 pm
Forum: 1603-1715
Topic: 17th century songs on CD?
Replies: 12
Views: 4518

Re: 17th century songs on CD?

There seems to be something of a missed trick here! Maybe someone should turn up at a SK or ECWS muster with some decent recording equipment and a few beverages and make their own! I think we all have the capability to make a CD (unless you get your forum updates on vellum), it just needs someone to...
by CFury
Fri May 21, 2010 11:51 am
Forum: 1603-1715
Topic: Siege helmets
Replies: 6
Views: 5684

Re: Siege helmets

I'm sure there is a set of siege armour at the Royal Armouries in Leeds... Its a heavy duty pot with what looks like supports that extend to the shoulders. There also seems to be a set that sporadically appears on Ebay for abot £7000. Dont know if its proper siege weight, but it looks pretty heavy d...
by CFury
Fri May 21, 2010 11:43 am
Forum: Food and Drink
Topic: Mediaeval Islam
Replies: 41
Views: 32954

Re: Mediaeval Islam

Dr John Snow mapped the ill people and their proximity to the well. Most people before this thought bad air made you ill, not the water.

oops. I knew that as well, I've even had a few beers in the pub named after him in Soho!
by CFury
Fri May 21, 2010 8:56 am
Forum: Food and Drink
Topic: Mediaeval Islam
Replies: 41
Views: 32954

Re: Mediaeval Islam

Thats great, thanks! I thought, after visiting Alhambra and some of the Moorish places in Spain flowing water from springs and wells was an important part of the building, with courtyards and the like all over the place. It always struck me as quite strange that the great Roman features like aquaduc...
by CFury
Thu May 20, 2010 3:51 pm
Forum: Food and Drink
Topic: Mediaeval Islam
Replies: 41
Views: 32954

Mediaeval Islam

If there are any scholars for this kind of thing, It's been bugging me for a while. Does anyone know what Muslim's used to drink during the Crusades? I understand that we used to drink small beer, as the water was a 'bit dodgy', but obviously Muslim's don't drink any alcohol. Is that a modern thing,...