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by Jim Smith
Tue Jul 31, 2012 6:27 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: 15th century Linen doublet sources
Replies: 110
Views: 21999

Re: 15th century Linen doublet sources

So everyone who wears a wool doublet is wrong then and we should all be wearing linen? If you mean wool as in made of wool, then no, I was reading one of teh Company of St George newsletters and they mention the Pastons asking for worsted for doublets. Worsted cloth is made using combed fleece whic...
by Jim Smith
Tue Jul 31, 2012 2:12 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Hollow Crown - Costumes
Replies: 14
Views: 3835

Re: Hollow Crown - Costumes

It's well said that historical re-enactors are the last people who should be relied upon for balanced comment on a historical play/film. At our worst we just sound like a bunch of whinging anoracks. (And I'm guilty as charged in that respect). The main 'problem' is that costume/set designers are mor...
by Jim Smith
Fri Apr 13, 2012 2:06 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Medieval Longbow Draw Weights
Replies: 92
Views: 26193

Re: Medieval Longbow Draw Weights

off topic... i have seen a display where the so called ''master bowman'' loosed off about 20 a minute, a 1/4 missed the boss completely, a 1/4 hit and fell out, the other half just hung in and drooped, even less impressive was that was at about 30 foot distance.. dont do the hobby or archery any fa...
by Jim Smith
Wed Apr 11, 2012 4:13 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Medieval Longbow Draw Weights
Replies: 92
Views: 26193

Medieval Longbow Draw Weights

This thread arose from a couple of comments made on the arrow baskets discussion - I felt it justified its own topic. My personal interest in this comes from realising that I've had a longbow for some years, but have never really learned to shoot it properly. (Sorry if this raises any hackles but wh...
by Jim Smith
Wed Apr 11, 2012 11:54 am
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Arrow baskets
Replies: 32
Views: 8458

Re: Arrow baskets

In the interests of keeping this thread on topic, I've opened a new one on medieval war bow draw weights.
by Jim Smith
Wed Apr 11, 2012 11:46 am
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Arrow baskets
Replies: 32
Views: 8458

Re: Arrow baskets

Found this one, which I think is of the Battle of Poitiers. I'll have a look for others.
by Jim Smith
Mon Apr 09, 2012 9:58 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Nalbinding
Replies: 4
Views: 2423

Re: Nalbinding

Thought so Sally, but I reckoned I'd better check to make sure I hadn't missed something obvious. Thanks :D
by Jim Smith
Mon Apr 09, 2012 8:39 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Nalbinding
Replies: 4
Views: 2423

Nalbinding

[url]Any evidence for this in C15 England.? Any evidence either way gratefully accepted.[/url]
by Jim Smith
Sun Apr 08, 2012 10:41 am
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Fabric leg armour.
Replies: 14
Views: 2838

Re: Fabric leg armour.

Hi Dave

Griff has already disposed of any Heath-Robinson style solution, but what about a pair of leather boots? There are plenty of calf length WoTR examples to choose from.
by Jim Smith
Sun Apr 08, 2012 10:27 am
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Arrow baskets
Replies: 32
Views: 8458

Re: Arrow baskets

Yes, many thanks for posting those sources. The ones from Edward IIIs close rolls are especially interesting. The picture sources are too, although they do seem to have a bias for recurve bows. Since these were not generally used further west than Hungary they are not as relevant- although the recur...
by Jim Smith
Wed Apr 04, 2012 11:23 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Arrow baskets
Replies: 32
Views: 8458

Arrow baskets

This has been discussed before, only the conversation drifted away into a debate on the most commonly used type of arrow head in war. What I'm trying to dig out is evidence for how commonly used the linen covered wicker arrow bag/basket actually was. Those carried by many re-enactors seem a touch un...
by Jim Smith
Thu Dec 15, 2011 8:17 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Rivetting Points
Replies: 21
Views: 5328

Re: Rivetting Points

Pm'd you Tod.
by Jim Smith
Sun Dec 11, 2011 10:10 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Rivetting Points
Replies: 21
Views: 5328

Re: Rivetting Points

probably because the overwhelming evidence is thats what they were. I can't think of any surviving ones that are sewn. Tons of riveted ones. Some crimped. So do what the evidence says. Same as points made by lucetting. Any evidence? Extremely rare i think, they are all finger braided from memory if...
by Jim Smith
Sun Dec 11, 2011 10:00 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Rivetting Points
Replies: 21
Views: 5328

Re: Rivetting Points

Tod wrote:I use the copper wire out of four (solid) core cable. I went down to the electrical supplier and they gave it to me for free. I might still have a bit left how much do you need?


About ten inches worth if you've got it please Tod. Can send you an SAE if you'd like.
by Jim Smith
Mon Dec 05, 2011 10:18 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Rivetting Points
Replies: 21
Views: 5328

Rivetting Points

I'm intending to use mig wire to rivet the aiglets on to some woven points - i've found this to look considerably better than sewn. Can anyone suggest the correct guage mig wire? i've tried the narrowest and it really is too narrow.
by Jim Smith
Mon Aug 08, 2011 8:17 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Origin of the term'secret'
Replies: 19
Views: 4079

Re: Origin of the term'secret'

Per the OED:- first written reference for secret as a term for armour appears in 1578, but then refers to a coat of mail hidden under outer clothing skull cap or skoll first turms up in the literature in 1522 Coif as a armour term for a rigid cap rather than mail turns up around 1390 Thank you for ...
by Jim Smith
Mon Aug 08, 2011 4:22 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Origin of the term'secret'
Replies: 19
Views: 4079

Origin of the term'secret'

I'm thinking of the round skull cap worn as a cheap/starter helmet by some re-enactors. Such helmets are often referred to as a 'secret' - is this actually a medieval term, or does it refer to something more C16/17 in origin?
by Jim Smith
Mon Aug 08, 2011 4:18 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Rings on belts...
Replies: 14
Views: 3579

Rings on belts...

I've recently seen some re-enactors (C15) wearing metal rings hanging from theior belts by a leather strap. I was wondering what these were for and if they are in fact correct. Possibly a hanger for a sidearm?
by Jim Smith
Thu Jul 21, 2011 4:27 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Tent choices
Replies: 38
Views: 10740

Re: Tent choices

Marcus Woodhouse wrote:I think that was my sarky comment, and I did more or less say exactly the same thing. A "real" medieval seige camp would be boring, dangerous and quite vile.


It honestly wasn't you Marcus - someone else entirely and on another thread.
by Jim Smith
Thu Jul 21, 2011 9:38 am
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Tent choices
Replies: 38
Views: 10740

Re: Tent choices

Here's the picture...
by Jim Smith
Thu Jul 21, 2011 9:37 am
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Tent choices
Replies: 38
Views: 10740

Re: Tent choices

For the Op - this is an example of the sort of shelter people have been mentioning. This one belongs to our group carpenter. As for having more soldiers' shelters, yes it would be nice but ultimately I can't see it happening on a wide scale. The re-enactment camp is a mass of compromises at the best...
by Jim Smith
Tue Jul 19, 2011 7:48 am
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Medieval distillation
Replies: 5
Views: 1820

Re: Medieval distillation

Thanks for the advice/suggestions guys. Will now arrange to acquire some of this stuff.
by Jim Smith
Mon Jul 18, 2011 4:20 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Medieval distillation
Replies: 5
Views: 1820

Medieval distillation

Decided to embark on something a little bit different - distillation. I now have one of Mr Newbolt's pottery stills and am looking forward to producing rosewater etc. One thing is lacking. Jim informs me that I need glass vials to attach to the end of the allembic to collect the distillate. I tried ...
by Jim Smith
Sun Jun 05, 2011 8:19 pm
Forum: Pictures
Topic: Master Baker ......?
Replies: 3
Views: 1569

Re: Master Baker ......?

What's the construction of these two?
by Jim Smith
Fri Apr 29, 2011 11:24 am
Forum: Book, Film, TV & Music Reviews
Topic: 1916: The Easter Rising - Tim Pat Coogan
Replies: 1
Views: 1270

1916: The Easter Rising - Tim Pat Coogan

My mother's family being from Co. Wexford, I always had a certain interest in Irish history - especially during the C20. The 1916 Easter Rising remains one of the defining points in Irish political history, despite the fact that it was a total farce that should never have happened. Only the executio...
by Jim Smith
Tue Aug 24, 2010 8:24 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: the 3 layers rule of mens clothing
Replies: 88
Views: 11978

Re: the 3 layers rule of mens clothing

To add to the worm can collection... We are talking about fine detail of clothing when there are much more glaring inaccuracies - in behaviour. People wandering around in high status kit without the necessary accessories - a bevy of flunkies fawning around. Worse, wandering around in high status ki...
by Jim Smith
Mon Aug 16, 2010 4:52 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: the 3 layers rule of mens clothing
Replies: 88
Views: 11978

Re: the 3 layers rule of mens clothing

Yesss, I'd say you picked a good 'un for your first post. My first thought is that you must get a balance between saying 'Well, my feelings are ... in this situation, so theirs must have been too' and pure common sense. Projecting C21 western European ideas of modest dress onto our C15 ancestors is ...
by Jim Smith
Tue Aug 10, 2010 11:56 am
Forum: Book, Film, TV & Music Reviews
Topic: Elizabeth Wydeville:the Slandered Queen.
Replies: 9
Views: 2473

Re: Elizabeth Wydeville:the Slandered Queen.

Or would it be like matter and anti-matter - total conversion to energy? maybe I should keep my copies of the Sun in Splendour and the Princes in the Tower at opposite ends of the bookshelf... You mean you don't already? Jeez, how've you not had a serious accident? :lol: Wel, they're separated by t...
by Jim Smith
Mon Aug 09, 2010 9:46 pm
Forum: Book, Film, TV & Music Reviews
Topic: Elizabeth Wydeville:the Slandered Queen.
Replies: 9
Views: 2473

Re: Elizabeth Wydeville:the Slandered Queen.

Jim Smith wrote:Or would it be like matter and anti-matter - total conversion to energy?


maybe I should keep my copies of the Sun in Splendour and the Princes in the Tower at opposite ends of the bookshelf...
by Jim Smith
Mon Aug 09, 2010 9:44 pm
Forum: Book, Film, TV & Music Reviews
Topic: Elizabeth Wydeville:the Slandered Queen.
Replies: 9
Views: 2473

Re: Elizabeth Wydeville:the Slandered Queen.

Or would it be like matter and anti-matter - total conversion to energy?

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